my baby is now 2 and needs to eat more solids to get her off her baby milk is there any suggestions?

Julie - posted on 07/21/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my daughter is now 2 and is needing to come off her baby milk she had quite a few in the day n night but now is the time to get her off her milk but im finding it hard to get her to try solid food is there anything i cud give her?? all she seem to eat is spagetti bol and spagetti n sum porridge!

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Anett - posted on 07/22/2010

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Well, how about making different sauces for the spaghetti and use a lot of vegetables. Eating her beloved spaghetti together with formerly unknown things should help her get used to other things. I've tried the same with miso soup, and my kids love carrots, onions and seaweed.

Laurie - posted on 07/22/2010

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Julie - offer the food first and the milk after so she isn't full of milk when you are trying to get her to eat something. Also - remember it can take several tries before a toddler will decide they like something so if she turns up her nose at something, don't force it, just try again later. Mostly I have found that toddlers want to eat whatever you are eating so make a big deal out of how yummy things are. Let her feed herself and don't get upset at the mess as it takes quite a while before they learn to feed themselves somewhat neatly.

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Brianne - posted on 07/22/2010

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Our daughter has eaten what we eat since she has been able to have finger foods. Some nights there is a tantrum, but mostly she just eats. Try offering her whatever you are having, if she is hungry she will eat it. Don't give in and make her spaghetti if she doesn't want to try what you put on her plate. One thing you could do to ease into it is give her a small portion of a food she already likes and put something new on the side.

Julie - posted on 07/22/2010

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thank u! she is startin to try a few things she likes things such as yoghurt, toast and porridge! trying to get her eat fruit is difficult and trying to do it on ure own doesnt help either! Hard when i work nights and my boyfriend works days! can never keep her in a pattern much put we do try with her food. It helped very much and i will try fruit n things she just seems very fussy at the moment and i really wanna break her out of that i wish my daughter liked the stuff that ure kids do! thank you

Faith - posted on 07/21/2010

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So, I have to say I am really lucky... my kids eat whatever I put down at the kitchen table for them. I think that is because I exposed them to everything and never gave them much of a choice. Before I had kids I had two separate friends with two very different situations. One had two daughters 4 years apart in age. When they went home they made 4 separate meals every night for their family because no one wanted the same thing. Then my other friend had quadruplets. When I tell you I had NEVER in my life seen such well behaved kids and their diets, they ate everything. The friend with the quad's told me to always be consistent and that no matter what it only takes three days to break a habit with the kids. I now have a 5 year old and a 3 1/2 year old and I would say it is very true. Start giving less milk and more options of food. She might not eat much at first, but she will not starve herself. The first few days might be very hard, but stick with it. You will make it through. Try giving her a variety of fruit. When making meals don't be afraid to season her food. Kids have taste buds and like their stuff to taste just as good as yours does. My husband is a chef and when I tell you that my kids eat oysters on the half shell, sushi, broccoli, brussels sprouts, pigs feet and much ,much more i am not joking. Make it fun and talk about the food. your likes and dislikes with her. Make it fun instead of work and she will start to enjoy it.

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