18 Month Old Wont Eat Meals

Lynne - posted on 12/10/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I am getting to the point of despair. My lil girl will not eat any porridge in the morning, sometimes she'll eat a banana mushed up. She loves yoghurt. She will not really eat lunch, maybe a couple of spoonfuls of food, then she climbs down from her little chair I have positioned at the coffee table (She always climbed out of high chairs). In the evenings she will eat pasta which I mix with a jar of baby food, normally pasta bolognaise. Surely this is not enough and she is still waking in the night 2/3 times. I'm told that maybe she's still hungry, but I cannot force feed the poor child. Any help.........

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Jamie - posted on 12/12/2009

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My doctor told me just to let my son snack all the time, but make sure they are good healthy snacks. He said always have food accessible . Always offer meals, too, but that way you know they are getting enough.

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our little boy is nearly 20 months and hardly eats. we've tried most things. he eats a little pasta, apple , sausage ,rice cakes , he stopped eating fromage frais, yoghurt, grapes .lots of things. he does sleep through the night though,and he loves his toddler milk. don't worry too much.keep trying all kinds of food.one day it'll just happen.

Emma - posted on 12/12/2009

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thank god im not th only one. my daughter is 3 n dusnt eat much. she is th right weight and height but im still not happy. i have started to give her supper before bed coz she dusnt eat much tea. just a slice of toast n milk. i hav always made sure she gets a balanced diet even if she dusnt eat much. i tend to do sandwiches,tuna mayo,cheese, with brown bread 4 lunch with a yogurt,breadsticks n dips. breakfasts i sometimes just give her fruit if she wont eat weetabix. she has a problem with porrige n anything gooey.i got an annabel karmel toddler cook book n its become my savior for tea times.although not every tea time.lol. use shaped biscuit cutters 4 sandwiches too.good luck

Jennifer - posted on 12/12/2009

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I had the same problem with my oldest, she's 12 now. I just always left snacks for her out on the coffee table. She stayed this way until she turned about 4 1/2. She no longer has this problem lol.

Bonnie - posted on 12/11/2009

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Have you tried feeding her more times a day? Giver her the foods she likes maybe 4 to 5 times a day, and slowly intro new foods. A lot of toddlers are fickle with foods. I wouldn't worry, she will take what she needs.

Lynn - posted on 12/11/2009

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I also havin problems with my 1 year old...she will only eat sweet things, tried to get her on the savories but she refuses to eat anything. She was 12 weeks premature anyway so is small compared to other babies but i need to get her on the meals rather than sweet puddings...help please

Tracey - posted on 12/11/2009

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my 2 and half year old daughter doesnt eat a lot either she will have a bottle of milk when she gets up ( she will not drink milk from cup only juice ) then about an hout later she will have a banana, or a yoghurt, she then grazes all day has done since weaning, a slice of bread with cheese spread, or a spread of some kind freash friut and veg to nibble on . at tea we sit down has a family(7 of us) she still doesnt eat a lot but does like pasta or noodles, she has a bottle of milk just before she goes to bed. she is tiny for her age but very active. if your daughter is gaining wieght then i wouldnt worry to much some children dont eat a lot some like my eldest never stopped eating . all the best tracey

STEPHANIE - posted on 12/11/2009

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They go through days too where they want to eat anything and everything, like the past two days my daughter keeps asking for different foods and eating them all, thank goodness b/c I know it won't last, she will soon be her normal light eating self

DeeDee - posted on 12/10/2009

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Kids will eat when they are hungry. no doubt. you might watch how much milk she drinks. maybe she is filling up on milk because she isn't interested in food. if so you can offer her things other than milk at certain times of the day. but yeah, the self-feeding foods suggestions are good too. make the meal time more fun.

Adrienne - posted on 12/10/2009

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Quoting STEPHANIE:

Welcome to my world. My daughter is the same ay, now 2 1/2. She's just a light eater and a petite girl. My mammaw says my mom was the same way. I just try to offer her food as often as I can to get her to eat something, anything, Offer her a variety of foods too. My daughter was still waking at night tro nurse until I weaned her at 20 months, but we do take her a sippy cup of rice milk to bed b/c she will wake in the night wanting a drink.


I'm in the same boat as you and Stephanie. My son is going to be 2 1/2 on boxing day and he is a very picky eater. If it isn't anything he wants to eat he just won't eat. I've tried making him take a bite but only for him to puke it up. So stopped doing that. But I do what Stephanie does and offer food to him as often as I can. He now sleeps through the night, most nights, but if he gets up it's to pee and ask for a drink. My daycare lady said her son was the same way and he's just now started to eat and I think he's 6 or 7 now.

Jessica - posted on 12/10/2009

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i woulndt worry too much...my daughter is 2 1/2 and is the same way. i would def. nix the baby food though she probably too old for that stuff now wich is why she isnt interested in eating it anymore. try sliced bananas, dry cereals, sliced fruit, macaroni ...jsut easy stuff for them to pick up and eat on there own.

Stacey - posted on 12/10/2009

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my son was like that he did not eat for 6 months only drink milk and he was 2 i told him drs over and over again and they said it was a stage he was goin throught but i make them give him a blood test and it turned out his iron levels was half what they should by so try a blood test just to see if everythings okx good luck

Carrie - posted on 12/10/2009

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Don't worry. She's at the age where growth slows and lots of toddlers appetite decreases a lot. She knows if she's hungry or not. If she's not interested in her food, let her be. Try again later. She won't starve and she'll get her appetite back as time goes on.

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Try giving her something she can eat on her own, she may like that better and she can eat it if SHE wants to, sometimes that makes a difference. Try some lunchables and cut the cheese and meat in half my daughter love it with crackers and also try green beans that is easy for her to pick up also. Good luck

Daniele - posted on 12/10/2009

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Try finger foods. Or let her try to feed herself with a spoon. We really struggled with meals until I started letting her make a mess with her food. She eats almost twice as much as she did before and enjoys meals. Also, try to eat with her at the same time. It helps keep my daughter interested in food longer. I also try to eat the same foods. Sometimes it means that I eat things that I don't necessarily like, but it gets the food in her tummy. I also let her help me cook - she can push the buttons on the microwave or stir the ingredients into the pot before it goes on the stove (never once it's on the heat!!). She likes feeling helpful and having a say in what she eats. I also give her choices. I show her two different veggies and let her choose. This age likes being in control. Good luck!

Linsey - posted on 12/10/2009

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my daughter is almost 16mnths and she doesn’t eat a whole lot and is very tall n lean. Her Dr suggested that I give her plenty of options as well as pediaSures or carnation instant breakfast mixed in with her milk. I will say that once I took the bottle from her she began eating a little more. but it was more snacks then sit down and eat. We sit and eat for the three meals and messy snacks. but when they r up and playing u can try lots of things cheerios, fishes, mum mums, cereal bars (we call them cookies :-)) , little crunchies, and so on. My daughter loves yogurt as well which is a great thing when they dont take a bottle any more because I worried she wouldn’t get enough milk. Make sure and try things you don’t like as well. She may love something that’s just never been offered. As long as she doesn’t lose any weight Id say its fine. You have to remember that children don’t eat for fun yet, they eat when they are hungry. We don’t start eating from boredom until we get older, and its not a good thing to do!! lol

Sharon - posted on 12/10/2009

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Same here. My little one would rather starve than eat any of the jar baby foods and that includes the deserts. Its a struggle to get her to have just a few spoonfuls sometimes and it can get really worrying. I try and give her a little of everything and when it is something like soup I let her have the crust of bread or a spoon that keeps her occupied and I can normally get a few extra spoonfuls into her. Giving her a drink while they are eating has helped.If its finger food most of it goes into the dog, or into her hair. But maybe your wee one is just a little eater, little and often may help. Is she still having milk?? Luckily my little one is still having a bottle at night so she does get some nutrients. Fruit is always good like some of the other girls have said.

Lady - posted on 12/10/2009

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try different cerals and mix them with fruit and or yogurt - weetabix is very good for this. at lunch try putting different things on the plate like sandwiches cut into different shapes some more fuit and veg different textures and flavours might keep her interested for longer.cooked vegetables can be pureed to make excelant pasta sauses or casseroles taking out the meat puree the sause put the meat back in and serve with rice or potatoe. homade soup is good for kids and again can be pureed to hide contents and with bread to dip in. try sitting her at the table with her and eat too then she might sit for longer realising it is meal time and not time for play. good luck!

Beth - posted on 12/10/2009

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My son is the same way he only eats when he is hungry and wont eat muchy so i try to keep fruit cut up for him in the fridge and offer it to him every hour . he will maybe will eat a few spoons of cereal in the morning or a little bit of eggs or whatever i give him to eat. some toddlers only eat afew foods that is normal my pedi said . you should offer different foods to get her intrested in them. she may not like baby food anymore thats why she dosent really want to eat it . my son has been on table food since he was 11 months old

STEPHANIE - posted on 12/10/2009

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Welcome to my world. My daughter is the same ay, now 2 1/2. She's just a light eater and a petite girl. My mammaw says my mom was the same way. I just try to offer her food as often as I can to get her to eat something, anything, Offer her a variety of foods too. My daughter was still waking at night tro nurse until I weaned her at 20 months, but we do take her a sippy cup of rice milk to bed b/c she will wake in the night wanting a drink.

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