how do I get my dd to eat normal food?

Courtney - posted on 02/20/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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She's currently just eating "snack food", cookies, Gerber snacks, granola bars, popsicles (all natural), etc. She won't even eat her baby food - Gerber 3rd foods with a spoon or her yogurt. She's been sick for a while, but now she won't sit to eat anything much at a time, but comes back every hour wanting something else to nibble on.

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Tanya Bauer - posted on 02/21/2009

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There is nothing wrong with giving your daughter snacks. Most toddlers can only sit for a certain amount of time then they want to run around again. Depending on the food if my little girl doesn't want to sit anymore then I just let her down and put her plate on a chair and she will run by and eat some more. The most important part is that she eats, not where she eats. Don't give her any snack foods, she will eat real food eventually. Start with chicken nuggets, peanut butter & jelly (unless she's allergic of course) and if she doesn't eat it then fine, she will eat when she is hungry, just don't push her as that will not help.

Maya - posted on 02/20/2009

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well depending on her or his age~buy foods in cool packaging,let her/him help shopping at the grocery store~MAKE IT FUN!!!!LET HIM/HER HELP IN THE KITCHEN(GUVE OPTIONS JUST NOT LARGE ONES-YOUR TERMS)! AS MUCH AS IT MIGHT HURT STOP FEEDING ON THE HOUR!! i just went through this with mine,just the 3 meals are neccesary  and when those are consumed then a small treat is fine!!! hunger is your best bud in this battle!!!!! good luck!!

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Courtney - posted on 02/21/2009

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Ok yeah I'll do this again.  She goes through these phases now every few months where she's more interested in running around after getting a bite or two, then might go back for more later or just forget!  Then she wants something else in an hour.  I'll try the grocery shopping trick.  We know she likes to feed herself, being able to do this probably is part of what it's about now.  And use hunger to my advantage ;)

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