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How can I get my 15 month son to eat more for me?

He eats at day care just fine, but when i bring him home and try to feed him he refuse. He seems to only want bottles when he is home, but the problem is his frequent wake up calls for a refill and I am fed up. Does any one have an idea that may help solve my problem?

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Asked by young_mother20 at 11:14 PM on Jun. 10, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • make feeding him table food fun for him. i know its gross but try eating it with him. show him how good it is. and if he fusses you should tell him NO. its time to eat! be firm but funn. i know its hard. but try it. every baby is different

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:21 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • Would he do better with a plate set on a low table for him to "graze" at while playing? Or make the food into fun shapes to entice him to eat?

    Answer by blogginmomma at 11:30 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • No more milk in the middle of the night. Period. Switch him to water. The milk is filling him up so he doesn't want the food and it's rotting his teeth unless you also stay with him until the bottle is gone and then brush his teeth. He can have the bottle if he still needs the comfort of sucking but water only.
    And yes, eat with him. Don't try to force him to eat and don't bribe him (one more bite of peas and you can have cookie). Let him eat with his hands if he wants - there's plenty of time for forks and spoons later.
    He won't starve himself unless you try to force him. He's either in or about to start the "terrible 2's" and a forced toddler will dig in his heels and flatly refuse to do as you ask. No matter how hungry. No force, no bribes. Just offer healthy foods and let him choose.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:33 PM on Jun. 10, 2009

  • Are you letting him self-feed? That can be key. Also, use fun plates and cups, cut food into fun shapes, give him dips (ketchup, fat free ranch, hummus, guacamole, mild salsa, etc.)

    Answer by Arkaidy at 1:32 AM on Jun. 11, 2009

  • After he brushes his teeth, he should only have water. Really, it is time for a sippy cup. Lose the bottle and the milk. Make sure that he is eating a variety of healthy foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, tofu, etc.
    Remember that cow milk is for baby cows, and humans don't need it. Like many other nutrients, and despite the claims of the dairy industry, plant based calcium is superior to animal based. Here is some of what the doctors at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine say:

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:07 PM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • About the food. Frozen peas, blueberries and corn (all still frozen) are fun finger foods. Other great finger foods are tofu, avocado, sweet potato. cooked beans.
    Kids love to dip: fruit with yogurt dip; crunchy veggies with hummus or salad dressing dip; whole grain pasta with steamed veggies sprinked with nutritional yeast (great source of B vitamins) and marinara sauce dip.

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:10 PM on Jun. 12, 2009

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