How do you get a 2 year old to eat? She rejects her supper almost every night. It has become such a battle.


FoxyMom - posted on 11/12/2012




I agree with the other two. She wont' starve and will eat when she is hungary. It shouldn't be a battle. Step back and look at the situation. Are you giving in to any request that has condition her? Is she getting what she wants with her behavior? With my son I fixed one meal, made sure at least one thing he liked was on there. If he didnt eat anything I wrapped it up and when he was hungary I warmed the plate back up. Be sure she's not getting any "goodies" later after supper. Another rule was if he didn't eat he had to sit at the table until everyone was finished. No play time if he didn't want to eat. Your daughter may be training you. If you make threats you have to be sure to follow through and don't let it slide.

Amy - posted on 11/12/2012




Don't make it a battle, serve at least one thing you know she'll eat. That way you know she's not starving if she refuses to eat later when she says she's hungry feed put her supper back out. My 2 year old went through a phase where she didn't eat meat because if the texture so I just made sure I offered eggs or peanut butter at other meals. I still put it on her plate at dinner and if she ate 3 bites of it I was happy but never created a battle around it, if my kids only like the vegetable I serve they can eat just that but I know they aren't starving.

I've also found it's easier to we've smaller portions throughout the day then trying to get all the food groups in at one meal.


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Holly - posted on 11/12/2012




tell her to eat... it isn't a request, it is a demand. never negotiate with your child... this creates brattiness... the worst thing ever, a child who tells their parents what they WONT do.

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