my son is 17mo and loves breakfast and does OK with dinner. Lunch on the other hand is a struggle and a half. He'll whine and turn his head away, spit out his food, or keep it in his mouth and refuses to swallow it. For lunch he usually has one of the gerber toddler meals but I've had to resort to giving him the pureed veggies and such instead. He especially wants nothing to do with meat, he'll chew it up and keep it in his lip or cheeks while he eats the rest of his food. Any ideas on how to make lunch time easier on us both?Answer Question
Answer by IamPatSajak at 2:58 PM on Jan. 23, 2010
Answer by rkoloms at 3:03 PM on Jan. 23, 2010
Answer by poetryanne at 3:18 PM on Jan. 23, 2010
My youngest just didn't get interested in solids until about a year. And at 2 she has a full set of teeth and still has trouble with beef, chews it forever. I would cut out the morning snack so you know he is good and hungry. Make sure his meats are cut up teeny weeny. And give up control. Give him his food and let him go at it. If he doesn't want to eat fine then he doesn't eat again until the next snack time. This is what I do with my girls 2 and 4 and they eat well at meal times. Thisway you are not stressing over it and he eats what he wants from what you offer him. As he gets older you can add that no seconds until all the first are gone. He wont starve himself, he will eat eventually and in time he will learn you eat what you are given or don't eat. Less fuss at meal times and less pickyness.
Answer by DevilInPigtails at 3:36 PM on Jan. 23, 2010