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im having trouble with my 2 yr ols, she neve wants to eat! any advice?

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Asked by glino at 10:49 AM on Aug. 10, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • offer her food, she'll eat if she's hungry

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:50 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • The air-o-tarian phase! They all go through it. First, make sure that she is drinking water, so she doesn't set dehydrated.
    Most important, do not create a monster who only eats nuggets, mac and cheese and hot dogs.
    Just keep offering a variety of healthy foods, and eventually she willl start eating.
    Frozen foods are fun to play with, and will get eaten, like peas, blueberries and corn
    I have never met a toddler who wouldn't eat hummus (lots of calcium and iron), you can mix it with a mashed egg.
    offer cut fruits with yogurt dip, fresh veggies with hummus or salad dressing, cooked whole wheat pasta and veggies with marinara or peanut sauce or cheese sauce.

    Answer by rkoloms at 10:53 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • Hope this helps with your daughter too, copied from my reply to another mom who just asked a very similar question:

    "We had this problem too. I think it's the age. I gave my son an ice cube tray of healthy foods, he could pick through. It had cheese pieces, sliced grapes, apples, cubed bread, deli lunch meat cut into small pieces, goldfish, peas, etc... I left it out for him to graze a bit then I refridgerated it. But he ATE some stuff from it. Remember, their tummies are only as big as their fists. Try to make sure he's not overdoing it on drinking milk to fill his little sotmach. You can offer some pediasure every once in a while too. He'll eventually eat when he's hungry, but if you are worried ask your pediatrician. Also, I let my son use a popsicle stick like a toothpick to make it fun!"

    Answer by LuvOurFamily at 11:18 AM on Aug. 10, 2009

  • I found that if I shifted his meals a bit later, my son ate better. Giving him breakfast when he first got up was a totally lost cause. Feeding him about an hour after he got up worked far better. I skip morning snacks when I can and go directly to lunch around 12:15 (breakfast is usually around 9:30). Small midafternoon snack then dinner around 6:00.. I try to offer veggies first when he most hungry. Better odds of him eating it. I also let him try anything (he'll eat lemon slices.. ick...). Often he'll eat better if it's coming from my plate or my husbands plate even if it's the same food. I go with whole grain versions of anything he eats to maximize nutritional value. You might try things you don't think he'd eat. After expermenting a bit, turns out my son likes strong flavored foods better.. Good luck and remember, toddlers won't actually starve!

    Answer by momofryan07 at 12:15 PM on Aug. 10, 2009

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