My 2 year old will only eat about 2 times a day, if that. I'm worried!

Amy - posted on 11/09/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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She eats a lot for breakfast but I can't get her to eat lunch and she only has about 4 bites of dinner. She LOVES yogurt and can eat that all day long but it worries me that that's all she wants to eat. I've tried smoothies with fruits and veggies but she won't drink it. :/

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Nicole - posted on 11/12/2010

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my 2 year old daughter is the same way. will only eat a few things here and there. i worried but my father who has had 5 kids, assured me that kids will eat when they are hungry and will NOT STARVE!! i try to offer other things such as fruit, veggies, etc.. when she's in the mood she will other than that she tells me "no mommy i not hungry". im like ok. when she is she will tell me.

Erin - posted on 11/11/2010

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My son loves smoothies I know you said your daughter doesn't. But try this: plain yougurt mixed berries a little apple juice a little orange juice and some spinach put in in the blender then freeze it into popsicles. Try calling them yogurt pops. My son loves them.

Kris - posted on 11/10/2010

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If she is hungry she will eat. Many times around this age, the growth slows down, so the eating may too. I would watch how much she is drinking - if she is filling up on milk, juice, etc. she may have no room for supper. Have you tried having snacks such as fruit, veggies, cheese, available for her in mid-morning or mid-afternoon? Sometimes this will help get some food in at other times. If you are worried that she isn't getting the nutrients a vitamin might help with that. My daughter (also 2) goes through stages like this. I take encouragement that she isn't going to let herself starve and I just try to relax. When I don't push it then she tends to just get back to eating when she is ready. Good luck!!

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Awakemi - posted on 03/26/2011

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IT is encouraging to see moms beside's me going through the same thing... my son is 2 and he used to have great appetite.. anything I would put in front of him he would eat. Now all he wants is yogurt, apples, and bananas, pbj sandwich sometimes and cheese. I am concerned about his nutrition; that he isnt getting a balanced diet. he has all the sudden gotten picky about eating and only wants dairy...any advice?

Awakemi - posted on 03/26/2011

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IT is encouraging to see moms beside's me going through the same thing... my son is 2 and he used to have great appetite.. anything I would put in front of him he would eat. Now all he wants is yogurt, apples, and bananas, pbj sandwich sometimes and cheese. I am concerned about his nutrition; that he isnt getting a balanced diet. he has all the sudden gotten picky about eating and only wants dairy...any advice?

Claire - posted on 11/11/2010

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my 2 yrs old boy is exactly the same, he loves grapes, cucmber, yoghurt and cheese but anything else (evn the rubish ud expect a child to love) is a no go, we struggle to get him to eat a decent hot meal and retrict his milk in take to 1 in the day and he still has a bottle to go to sleep with, but would gladly drink it alday and not eat a thing! i still havnt found an answer to the problem but as soon as i do i'll b sure to post it.

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I used to worry too! One night when my son was in the tub (he was probably about 18 months at the time) I remember looking at his back and I could see his spine all the way down. He had a doctor's appointment already scheduled and I pointed it out to the doctor. I was sure he was gonna tell me I was underfeeding him or something but he assured me he's fine...just a thin boy is all lol

Amy - posted on 11/10/2010

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Thank you ladies sooo much! She drinks a lot of water during the day. We don't like to give her sugary drinks and she loves water. For breakfast she'll have blueberry waffles or oatmeal and then for lunch she might have half a sandwich and she doesn't want anymore. I've tried giving her veggies with ranch dressing but she sucks all the dressing off and then gives me the veggie back. I will definitly try the yogurt with the veggies idea! (:



Her doctor says she's going to be tall and thin like my husband and that she's staying on track with her growth chart; but it still gets me a little worried because I see how skinny she is.

Courtney - posted on 11/10/2010

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My boys (3&4) are the same way. They go through spurts. I promise she will eat when she is hungry. I would suggest pediasure shakes or gummy vitamins to help suppliment her diet. When she is ready for a growth spurt, you will have a hard time getting her full! If you are really concerned, talk to her doctor. My older boys are both small for their ages, but as long as height and weight coincide correctly, there shouldn't be a major problem. Hang in there, she will start eating when she is ready :)

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My son is a "grazer". He's 3. He gets breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, snack, snack. He rarely eats dinner, even though I always sit down to eat with him. Just make sure that what your daughter DOES eat is healthy. It's actually better for a person's metabolism to eat small meals every few hours than 3 large meals a day. I think as long as her doctor is telling you she's ok, growing at a good rate and she's healthy, just work around her eating habits and try to get as much healthy stuff in her as you can. I agree with Kris about not filling her up on too many liquids. Smoothies are a great way to sneak in all kinds of nutrition though. How are you giving her the smoothies? In a sippy? They may be too thick for the straw. Try her on a regular cup. They have some at Wal Mart for $2.50 for a set of 3 small plastic cups. Maybe the newness of the cup will make her drink whatever is in it...if that makes sense?

Maggie - posted on 11/10/2010

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I forgot to mention earlier that my two year old son is in the 5th percentile for weight - which means he's lighter than 95% of kids his age. However, he's active and growing so I'm not worried and neither was his pediatrician. Some kids are just thin and most go through a phase where they are just too busy playing/learning/exploring to bother with much eating.

September - posted on 11/10/2010

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I'm going through the same thing with our 2 year old son. I recently talked to his pedestrian who told me at the age of 2 most children's food intake will decreases because they do not need as much to thrive because they are not growing as fast as they did within the 1st year of life. I would just be sure to offer as many healthy things as she will eat. Funny that you mention yogurt! Our son would eat it all day long too! Have you tried adding fresh fruit puree to plain or vanilla flavored yogurt? It’s a great way to get fruit in our son loves it that way. You don’t have to puree it you could just cut the fruit into small pieces and then add it to the yogurt. Don't worry your daughter will not let herself starve. :)

Ashley - posted on 11/10/2010

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My son is 22 months and he's about the same way. There are times where he eats really good, but most of the time he just picks at his food or takes a couple bites & says he's done. I'm sure everyone else has told you, they'll eat when they're hungry. They won't let themselves go hungry, and you can't force them to eat. Does she drink a lot throughout the day? That fills them up as well. On the days that it seems like my son hasn't eaten hardly at all, I'll give him a Pediasure, just so I know he's gotten some vitamins and minerals that day. As long as her growth is on track and she isn't losing weight, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Maggie - posted on 11/10/2010

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try putting fresh fruit in the yogurt. As weird as it might sound have yogurt to dip veggies into. My boys LOVE yogurt and applesauce. They'll dip baby carrots into it, they'll dip chips in it, they'll dip fish sticks in it! I think it's GROSS but they eat it!
Also, like Kris said, she'll eat when she's hungry. Don't let her fill up on drinks between meals. Offer healthy choices at each meal and she'll eat when she's ready.

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