Trying to get my 22 mo old to eat

Jennifer - posted on 09/28/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am having such difficulty with getting my 22 mo old to eat anything really. She really likes to eat cereal and junk food. Occasionally she will eat chicken nuggets or some fruit but really she likes to just make a mess on the table and likes to have a drink. HELP!!

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Evelyn - posted on 10/01/2009

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My son i s16 month and only likes to eat cookies,chips,bread. For fruit I started making smoothies.Buy fresh fruit thats either already chooped or you chop it fresh. Watermelon, pineapple,strawberries, mangos (great source of VC) bannana....whatever you chose. Mix it with crushed ice, water and a little bit of sugar( raw is always better than white) and mix it in the blender. My son drinks one or two everyday...its delicious for the whole family. If I try to feed him chopped fruit he doesnt like it or spits it out. Also trying adding natural plain yogurt for extra calcium.

For protien and veggies I make rice dishes with green beans, carrots, chopped chicken. I serve it with corn tortilla chips to add a little crunch or whole grain crakers. Remeber they like flavorful food, onion, garlic, salt, pepper.. Try to hide and disguise healthy foods as treats and if all else fails use the smoothies for fruits and veggies and make baked chicken nuggets!!!

I wish you luck! I have great eating days with my son and some not so great but Im always trying new things!!!!

I hope this helps!

Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2009

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Thanks guys for all your input and experiences with your little ones. I think I'm going to add to her diet some of those supplement drinks they have for children her age. She is not losing weight and Dr. is not concerned right now. I have been told by many that they go thru this type of phase being picky. So I am going to a bit more patient.

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My son is now 26 months old. Everyone kept telling me he will eat when he is hungry, but he didn't. I've also heard that some kids are just grazers. Keep some cereal out or fruit and veggies out in reach for them and you may be durprised how often then will grab a bit or two. I've also read to keep the TV off when they are eating so they don't get distracted. If they are eating much, make sure what they are eating is healthy. I'm surprised that my son will refuse to eat a burger, but when I put some vegetables on the plate, he chooses them over the burger. Every kid is different.

One more thing that has worked for us is if they don't eat dinner for example, don't give them a snack or milk when they are begging for it 30 minutes later, they just have to wait until the next meal. It may help them lean they need to eat when it's time and also help them get into a schedule so they will be more hungry at meal time.

Ruby - posted on 09/30/2009

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OMG I thought My son was the only one who was a junk food baby .. no matter how much I try to get himm to eat healthy!! Well ppl have told me that this too shall pass and to hang in there!! Good luck to you, if you find any thing let me know!! Ruby

Rachel - posted on 09/29/2009

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My daughter is 2 and she doesn't eat that well, but she's above the average norm of hight and weight all she wants to do is drink milk. My mom said I did the same thing when I was a kid I figure I was find she will be too. Whenever she is hungry I let her eat, but at dinner time she still has to sit at the table untill the rest of us are finshed. I read that kids eat better when they are going through a growth spurt and other times they don't eat as much.

Sarah - posted on 09/29/2009

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I have the same problem with my daughter who will be 2 in December. She was breastfed and she ate baby food so well and when I switched to solids she decided to only eat hotdogs and junk food also. I'm worried because the doctors are starting to get concerned. I try to make her sit in her high chair and eat but she refuses. I don't know what to do either.

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I was having similar problems and concerns about my son. He wouldn't eat unless we fed him like a baby. Even then it was a fight. I figured out that we would always give him milk anytime he asked for it. I thought he was just filling up on milk. We limited milk to breakfast, lunch and dinner only. Snack time and inbetween meals we would give him water or watered down juice. It seems to be helping. He eats on his own and seems to get eating more food than he is drinking milk now. I'm happier about the change.

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