how do I get my 2yr old to eat?

Heidi - posted on 02/04/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son is like terrified to try new things or to even eat real food. His basic diet is fruit, yogurt, pb&j, crackers,cereal/cereal bars,pancakes,etc. We try and offer him other things like real people/kids eat and it is like we are killing him. Crazy!! Need help so stressful I want him to eat other things like normal. If you make him try food then he gets so shook up wants to spit up!! He wont eat anything hardly at all, but he weighs 31lbs and is healthy.

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Claudia - posted on 02/13/2010

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Well, my little one is almost the same. She used to eat a variety of foods until she became one year old, now her diet is very limited. It seems as she is regressing instead of progressing. My daughter also loves pancakes, cereal, yougurt and fruits; and I think that is real food that provides good nutrition. Fruits are as good as veggies in my opinion. She does eat meat, rice, pasta, couscous, carrots and cucumbers. She also loves fish sticks and "Zesty lemon pepper" tuna mixed with rice (no mayo!). Maybe you should try offering those foods too as it seems they appeal to toddlers. When I was frustrated because my little one didn't eat any veggies, I used to make her carrot and cucumber muffings. She loved them even though she wouldn't get near these veggies if I put them on her plate. I got the recipe from the book "Baby & Toddler Meals from Dummies" The recepie is for Carrot Muffins (page 120.) I just also added cucumbers. Check it out at the book store, or send me a message if you want me to send you the recipe. It was a hit with my picky daughter, and it made me feel much better about her diet. Plus, now she eats these veggies alone. The only other thing I would say is to just relax. If he is growing and is healthy, he will be ok. Your frustration only gives your child power, so act like it doesn't bother you, and it really shouldn't. He'll eat more, eventually. At least that is what I keep telling myself.

Nicole - posted on 02/13/2010

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I feel you Heidi. My 2 year old is the same way. Picky, picky, picky. She hates trying new things too and she's so tiny. She's 29 months and weights about 24 pounds.I don't know what to do to get her to eat. My family doctor said to just leave food available to her that she can graze on throughout the day. Her pediatrician said to put her on 2hr feeding schedule. That's working, sort of. She get's only half an hour to eat each meal (15 mins for snacks) then get nothing in between the 2 hrs slots. This is supposed to teach her to eat as much as she can during the time she's given as she will have to wait a while before anything else will be offered. Both tell me not to worry because she won't starve, as do other mothers. But it IS frustrating.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/10/2010

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It sounds like he likes breakfast, as long as he doesn't get into the coffee you should be ok:)

Kylie - posted on 02/10/2010

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I have a 2 yr old daughter and she eats only a small variety of foods. She will not pass a vegetable across her lips, so I vitamise a mixture of raw vegies and mix them with fruit yoghurt. She cant taste the vegies and I at least know she is getting some nutritional value.

Mayra - posted on 02/10/2010

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I am right there with you. My son has a very limited diet one min he loves one thing and the next day wont even look at it My ped. tells me not to worry he'll eat when hes hungry but I can understand the frustration!

Amanda - posted on 02/10/2010

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My son is more likely to eat real food if I skip his snack time. At dinner he is more hungry and willing to try something. Otherwise he just wants to wait till snack time to eat. This doesn't always work though. He just turned 2 and what works today doesnt necessarily work tomorrow. I figure if he's hungry enough he'll eat. I do at least try to give him something new on the same plate as something familiar in hopes he will eat both things. Sometimes it works. But he likes something one minute and the next he hates it.

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Oh and I wouldn't say you won't get anything else if you don't it this...just say nothing...put the plate in front of him and leave him...

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I do a what I call a goody plate - just a plate with a variety of foods. I never make a fuss just leave her to it. If she doesn't eat something - fine - I will try it again another time. I think the key is not to make a big deal about it - don't even point out the new food at all. Try not to stress just keep trying. :-)

Heidi - posted on 02/09/2010

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it is hard we have tried this week to give him new stuff and if he doesn't eat it then doesn't get anything else. Do you think that is ok? He didn't eat lunch or dinner yesterday he is so stubborn! I hope that he will see that we are serious that he needs to try new stuff thanks for the response

Melissa - posted on 02/05/2010

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I agree! He won't starve and chances are eventually he will start trying new things. Just keep offering it to him!

Suzanne - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi Heidi, first things first a healthy 2 yr old will never starve themselves. If you look at his diet over a week what is he really missing out on? Take the pressure off mealtimes & try to make it fun, easier said than done!!! Peer pressure is a good thing at the table, if you get a group of your friends together with children all eating, with no focus on your little one, he might feel braver if he sees the other children tucking in. Hope this helps.

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