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HELP! My toddler just decided to get picky..

My two year old son has decided that all the things he used to love are "ucky". I've offered new foods to him but he doesnt want to try anything new. He hasnt been eating much the past couple of days and IDK what to do.

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Asked by JmgBlair at 11:51 AM on Feb. 27, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Don't sweat it unless he eats NOTHING. Keep offering him wholesome stuff, lots to drink but no sugars like juices. A healthy body sometimes wants to fast a bit, to clean up inside. Fruit is a good idea in this case. He might be fighting off a cold and his body needs a rest from the work of digestion. If that is the case, then helpful foods would be oatmeal (whole-grain or "long-cooking" rather than the quick-cooking cardboard stuff) with honey (if he's old enough, I don't remember what age that is). And well-cooked fresh foods are easier to digest than raw foods, or canned baby foods.
    ... another thought - has he been given meat already in his diet? It's better, internally, for kids to NOT have meat or eggs until they're 3, and then to stick with poultry white meat & fish until they're 5. Plus, in this day & age, organic eggs are the only ok eggs once you start to serve them at 5 years.


    Answer by waldorfmom at 12:07 PM on Feb. 27, 2009

  • Oh, and avoid making a big deal out of eating something. Keep it casual, just leaving the food within reach - cut up apple boats, berries, crackers, almond butter for some protein. Pressure to eat when it isn't wanted can only tense up the stomach and drive away any appetite. If sitting together at meals is your family routine, that's great. Just let him sit with you and pick at whatever is on his plate or on a plate within reach.
    Children can go through spurts, and their needs change. So, don't worry unless he's really refusing all food for more than 5 days.

    Answer by waldorfmom at 12:12 PM on Feb. 27, 2009

  • That is normal..But, dont worry to much as long as he is drinking he is okay..dont force him. Kids will eat when they cant take it anymore..When they wanna eat they will.

    But you can try making food fun you can buy nuggets and fries in fun shapes and you can always cut a sandwhich with a cookie cutter. Make things look different and fun, but still the food he is use to. give him yogurt and fruit.

    Answer by Novmeber2006 at 12:39 PM on Feb. 27, 2009

  • It's normal. My son did the same thing and still does every now and then. I would put a very small amount of each food we were eating at that meal on his plate. I meant like 3 bites. after he finished all of that he could have seconds of what ever he wanted. Some nights he only ate 3 bites others he ate it all. he will eat when he is hungry. Just make sure that at each meal you offer one food you know he will eat and want more of. Keep in mind that if you start playing the part of short order chef he has won and will continue to be picky rather than learning that he must eat what you offer. this is a standard power struggle you gotta be stronger than him! Good luck!

    Answer by But_Mommie at 9:34 PM on Feb. 27, 2009

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