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how can i get my child to eat more, he prefers to play then eating, what should i do, hes 4 yrs old

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Asked by mami0688 at 4:29 PM on Jul. 27, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Get a toddler food cookbook. They have a lot of suggestions for "fun" foods and how to make boring food fun!

    Answer by sherribeare at 4:30 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • sounds like a grazer

    Answer by GinNTonic at 4:30 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Let him eat all day. Make him a shelf in the fridge that he can get food when he wants. Involve him in food prep, kids usually like eating what they make. Let him eat standing up at a coffee table or kids table. I have a coffee table that is a little higher than ave with a formica top that my toddler grandson eats at. Have healthy food he likes around. Take him to buffets for lunch and try new things.

    My grandson LOVES buffets. He is only 22 mo and only says a few words when he feels like it. We were going to his favorite buffet with his parents last night and I was in the back seat with him. The turn right before the turn for the buffet looks just like the buffet turn. He thought we went past the turn and he started pointing and saying eat, eat, eat.


    Answer by Gailll at 4:37 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • If he is gaining weight properly, he doesn't need more food.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 4:39 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Tell him he has to eat before he plays and have more exciting foods that he picked out, My nephew is 4 and he loves to eat when he picked what hes eating, and then when hes done eating give him a desert....

    Answer by Danielle55 at 4:56 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Check out Juice Plus gummies. They have 17 different fruits and veggies in a yummy gummy form. At least you won't have to worry about if he's getting enough nutrients in his diet every day.
    Juice Plus has an amazing children's health study. Kids 4-18 can try Juice Plus for free with a sponsering adult.

    Answer by wellnessgirl at 5:08 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Tell him he needs to eat and then he can play.. if he plays, then he's done with food until the next meal.

    Answer by EveMomToThree at 5:41 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Could be any number of things. Make meal time specific. If he's playing remove his plate and make him sit quietly til everyone is done. Don't let him wander around with a sippie cup of juice or milk, don't give him snacks while he plays. Food stays at the table, PERIOD! Kids need consistancy. My husband and I get compliments every time we take our kids out for supper, people ask us how we get our kids to behave at the table. It's because we eat at the table at home. Everyone sits together til everyone is done, and potty breaks are done before sitting down. Put a time limit on meals. If he doesn't eat in ten or fifteen minutes, he doesn't eat til the next meal. DON'T CAVE. Eventually he will become hungry enough to eat when food is placed in front of him. And this is NOT starving your child- if he's not eating, he's not eating.

    Answer by KariLyn84 at 5:46 PM on Jul. 27, 2010

  • Just make a rule that it is dinner time. That means it is time to eat and you will sit at the table with the family with your food in front of you. If he eats great, if not the next meal will be breakfast. He will sit with the family at breakfast, food in front of him and he will eat or he wont. He wont starve himself. If y ou provide heathy options and he eats just a bit of the healthy food, so be it.

    Answer by mom2queenie2004 at 9:20 AM on Oct. 13, 2010

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