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Two yr old eat veggies.

My friend has a two year old little boy.He refuses to eat vegetables and wont even try them.As a matter of fact he doesnt eat a variety of foods either.Just certain things.Is there anyone who can help with advice on what to try?Ive told her about putting it in with other food but it isnt helping.Please HELP!!!

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Asked by krazymomma427 at 11:46 AM on Jul. 7, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Time and patience.
    The toddler and early preschool years are "neophobe" years. That means that kids this age do not like to try new things. Heck, mine has refused to try syrup or honey!
    What to do?
    She needs to teach him to nicely say "No Thank You".
    She needs to eat them in front of him... time after time, year after year, with the unstated understanding that he will eat them too some day.
    She needs to ask him "Would you like a green bean?" and then accept his polite "No Thank You".
    She needs to teach him that it's OK to spit out something he tried but didn't like. That let's him know it's safe to try.
    Any tricks like playing choo choo with a spoon, bribing him with dessert, or forcing him to eat a bite will backfire. He would rather go hungry than be forced into doing something he doesn't want to do. The more she fights him, the less he will eat.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:02 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Good advice, Kaycee14!

    I'd add, though, that this age is one where appetite plummets because growth slows tremendously. It is ordinary for parents to freak out, thinking their little mite is starving to death, or broken or something, when it is just normal for them to eat a whole lot less.

    This means that what they do eat needs to be super, and the 'just in case' kinds of 'well, at least there are some calories' crud should not even be in the house, because they are not hungry, or not very hungry very often, if there are things to eat that are engineered to perfectly match all basic human cravings (sweet, fat and salty) they will gravitate quite naturally to those, and hold out for a very long time until they're offered.

    In their first year of life, they double or even triple their birth weight. In the next 2 years, their weight stays almost the same. That is a very big difference in calorie needs.

    Answer by LindaClement at 12:41 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Is he on a multi-vitamin?

    Answer by GreekMama28 at 12:51 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

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