Not eating dinner

Chelsey - posted on 01/07/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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All of a sudden, my 23 month old won't eat his dinner. Do I make him sit there by himsef when we are done, go hungry, I'm just at a loss. He was a great eater until about a week ago and now has a total temper tantrum every night. I need to break the cycle. Any suggestions?

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Krissy - posted on 01/07/2010

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My daughter very rarely eats dinner... she's a bit over 2 now and has been doing this for a while. Our doctor said not to worry- she won't let herself starve, and if she's going to skip one meal, then dinner is the best meal for her to skip. We try, we put the food there, but she rarely eats it. Doctor said as long as they are developing and growing, then if they aren't hungry don't make them eat. She eats well throughout the rest of the day, though mainly "on the go".

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Amy - posted on 08/01/2012

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Have to agree with Sara Davis on this one. We are currently coming out of a no dinner eating phase. I am sure there will be future ones because that's just the irony of life, but we eat together. I even make my son (17 months) sit in his high chair until we are all done with dinner.

Amy - posted on 08/01/2012

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I noticed the past two mornings that my 23month old daughter ate very little of her breakfast. When I dropped her off this morning, my daycare provider asked me if she ate okay for me this morning and I told her no. She said the past two days she hasn't eaten very good at lunch. I only worry because she has always been a big eater. She has not taken a bottle since 11 months so its not that she prefers a bottle rather than a meal. She runs and plays all day.......a very active little one. I hope she's feeling okay! Any suggestions or similar experiences?

Karena - posted on 01/07/2010

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I went through that with my 2.5 year old when he was about a year and a half. the only thing I can tell you is, don't force him to eat, he will eat when he's hungry, i promise ;). hes testing you. don't get angry just let him do his thing...good luck

Yvonda - posted on 01/07/2010

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be patient..he will eat when he's hungry, his body won't allow him to starve

Kayla - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son is doing the same thing! It's been going on for aobut 2 or 3 weeks. He won't eat much all day...a bite here and there. He's a toddler, and is prolly too busy to eat...? Make him something that he can eat on the go. Also, when I do get my son to sit in his highchair and eat, I sit there with him and ask him to give mommy bites. Instead, he takes a bite himself, and i growl at him or tell him 'Mommy wanted that bite!' He laughs about it, and takes another bite outta spite. I don't know if that will work with your kid, but it's the only advice I know to give.

Sara - posted on 01/07/2010

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Do you eat with him at a table or does he sit in a high chair by himself? I've found that sitting with your child will help them eat more at any age, so definetly sit with him. Meal time shouldn't be stressful though. I'd keep it casual, just sit there, dont ask him to eat more than every 5 minutes, just talk to him about what ever. Be silly if you have to. It will help him stay calm. It may be a phase but giving him excesive atttention for not eating will make the phase last longer. If it goes on too long and you're worried about his nutrition call your pediatrition and ask about pediasure.

Personally a lot of my son's not eating issues is that his grandmother gives him too many snacks before dinner so I dont push him to eat until a later time or offer a smaller portion of dinner a little before bed as a "snack" so I know he is getting a full days nutrients and keep him from waking up hungry.

Hope some of this was helpful sorry it was so long.

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