is it a dislike of the food or not having time to eat

Rebecca - posted on 12/01/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my two year and 5 months old does not like taking proper meals like lunch and dinner on most occassions she would rather sleep without dinner and take two bottles of formula during the night ...How do i make her to be taking her meals and that she stops taking the formula?

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Kerry - posted on 12/01/2009

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as long as she's having formula she won't eat properly so start with switching to full cows milk. Try sitting at the table for all meals and don't pressure her to eat but just insist that she stays at the table until everyone has finished, she'll soon learn it's time to eat and it's fun to all sit together. Toddlers need breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between but don't stress over how much she eats. their bodies are great at telling them what they need which is why she needs to stop the formula because it is filling her up so much.

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K.C. - posted on 12/01/2009

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I have the same problem with my lil girl but unfortunately I think it was inherited as I was exactly the same. My lil girl's evening meals usually consist of about 3 pieces of steak or about 6 noodles from spag bog. She refuses to taste anything and what foods she does like she will only have a few mouthfuls. I don't stress too much as she is not skin and bones but encourage her all the time. None of the tricks work for us. Myself, having been the same has not changed too much over the years. I am still a very fussy eater who will not try new foods. It makes life a lil hard when dining out!! I don't let my daughter see this side of me but unfortunately, as i said, she did inherit it. I can say however, that at 30 years of age I am healthy and happy.

Anna - posted on 12/01/2009

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Have you tried offering her bits of food off your own plate? Kids seem to trust it more if they see you are eating it. Try to make meal times as stress-free as possible. Give her finger foods so she can feed herself. Don't try to force her - let it be a fun time and don't get upset if she makes a mess - it will just create anxiety. You can put a plastic sheet under her chair, let her wear old clothes and let her have some fun with her food.

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