how to get my two year old to eat

Donna - posted on 08/27/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my daughter is just turning two and she wont eat for anyone, when i make her a dinne she takes a few bites and throws it back to me i dont know what to do

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Nancy - posted on 08/27/2010

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If your pediatrician has found nothing wrong with her (no weight loss or stomach issues) than here is the best piece of advice I ever got....toddlers don't starve!

Look at what they eat over the course of a week and not one day. My daughter is almost 2 and I've had this battle for a long time until I finally looked at it differently. She eats most of her breakfast (85%), a good part of her lunch (65-75%) and nibbles at her supper (25%). I make sure her snack are healthy and try to hit most of the food group each day. Serve her smaller portions and teach her to ask for more if she's still hungry.

The more you stress out, the worse this gets so try to find ways of making meal time more relaxing but having chats about what she's eating and letting her feed you a bite then herself a bite. If you are really concerned that she may still be hungry then offer a small snack before bedtime. I hope this helps.

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Elizabeth - posted on 08/28/2010

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My son is actually the opposite! He eats great for everyone else and is horrible for me. My son throws his food just to get my attention. Like Nancy said though, I wouldn't worry about it too much especially if she isn't having any health issues. Look at her eating patterns, does she snack a lot? I was worried for a while with my son as well until I realized he eats a lot of snacks! If she's hungry she will eat or let you know that she is hungry.

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