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How do I get my toddler to eat still?

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Asked by mpiproc2005 at 9:05 AM on Oct. 2, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • To eat quietly at the table?

    Probably they should be allowed to contribute to the conversation, not interrupting but waiting their turn to talk. And they should understand about obeying. You'd say please don't interrupt. If the interruption continues, then it is time for the time out chair, even moving the chair to a corner in the kitchen or dining room so you can keep an eye on them. As far as wiggling, if there is no physical reason other than excitement, some wiggling should be allowed. If it gets to the point that the wiggling seems willful and that the child is done eating, then it is reasonable to try to train the child to sit quietly at the table for a minute or so, because of the importance of meal time and meal time conversation, but then maybe they'd be allowed to get up from the table and play quietly in the room while others finished their meal.

    Answer by Bmat at 9:11 AM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • wear them out! they only sit still when they are tired....

    Answer by AmaliaD at 2:35 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • I tend to not let my son snack as much throghtout the day now that he is older (well 3, and if i do let him snack its light. For ex: grapes, few crackers,half orange or apple. In doing this i have found they he is more hungry come dinner and he sits still and eats everything. because he built up more of a appetitte.

    Answer by ONEHIPMAMMA at 3:26 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • Limit snacks so he'll be hungry at meal time. You can also try to include him in meal preparation because it may get him more interested in the meal. Engage him in dinner conversation so that he can learn what a family meal is all about: sharing good food, good conversation, etc.

    All that said, you need to be realistic in your expectations. Toddlers aren't known for sitting still for very long so sitting still for a long, lingering meal probably isn't going to happen. In the mean time, if you can, try to be flexible. Let him come to the table, eat, and if he wants to get down, let him. He'll come back to the table to eat more if he's hungry.

    Answer by twinclubmom at 8:33 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • im having the same exact problem. good luck ;)

    Answer by brikay1 at 9:25 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

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