how to get my two year old to eat!!!

Carly - posted on 07/17/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my daughter eats nothing! i cant even beleive she is still running around! iv tryed cookie cutters... and having her help with meals... but she still doesnt eat.. help!!! lol

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Liz - posted on 07/19/2009

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Is she snacking during the day? Many times we don't realize how much the little snacks they have throughout the day add up. If she does snack a lot you can try to have set times for snack and not allow her to eat any other time during the day. But also remember that kids go thorugh stages where they don't eat much. My daughter was so bad and becoming so grouchy from not eating that I ended up giving her protein drinks once a day to help keep her blood sugar up. Also went through a stage where my girls would not sit still long enough to eat, whatever they didn't eat for lunch and dinner I would set on a plate near where they were playing and every so often they would run to it and take a bite, eventually they wound up eating all of their dinner.

Bojana - posted on 07/18/2009

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She looks healthy (and cute!) and if she's active than there's probably no need to worry. If her doctors aren't concerned I wouldn't be either. She'll most likely start eating when she has a growth spurt! My son is the same way. He eats everything for a few days and what seems like nothing for a few weeks, repeating the process as necessary...lol

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Does she have a favorite food? Some kids gave through stages where they will only eat one certain food for a while. It makes you feel bad, but my pediatrician said that there is nothing wrong with it. My son just went through a phase where wheat bread was ALL he wanted. If this is the case she will grow out of it, but she could also switch to a different favorite food. Just be sure to keep giving her options on her plate and that she sees you eating the same things and enjoying them. That will get her curiosity up and one day when you least expect it she will eat you out of house and home. I hope this helps. God Bless!

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