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My 23 month old doesn't want to eat food just drink milk

My son will eat ok at daycare but when he comes home I can hardly ever get eat to eat food but as soon as he gets in the car he's asking for milk and some nights he won't eat I hold out on the milk hoping he will eat but he gets so upset about no milk that he won't eat either. any ideas

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Asked by Springer76 at 10:22 AM on Apr. 8, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Easy, no milk untill he eats, let him get upset. He will eat eventually. It's a power struggle, perfect age to be starting that

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 10:24 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • Don't give him milk or any liquids until he eats half his food. I had to do that with the kids at the day care I worked at or they would not eat anything. Limit the milk or other liquids you give before or during meals.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:24 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • My son stays home all day, but he gets milk with snacks only - 2 cups a day. When that's gone, that's it. He has tried fussing at other times for milk, but I stand firm and he doesn't even bother asking anymore . . . he knows what the answer will be. If he chooses not to eat, then he waits until the next meal/snack. He's not going to starve.

    Answer by missanc at 10:25 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • I have to agree with the other moms. If you don't want him to become a picky eater, you can't let him start dictating what he eats. Its hard, I know, but trust me, he won't starve. He only does this at home because he knows he can get away with it. Stand firm!

    Answer by hootie826 at 10:36 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • Toddlers at that age tend to have phases where they will/won't eat or drink certain things. It's very very normal. Definitely DO NOT limit his fluid intake - this can lead to dehydration. Make sure that snacks are readily available. I have the most luck with my toddler when I give her what Daddy and I are eating.

    Answer by CPCrane at 10:59 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • don't give in tell him to take three bites for on drink of milk.. he will eat when he is hungry.. only allow him to eat what everyone one else eats or he will become a picky eater..

    Answer by maiahlynn at 11:30 PM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • Thank you everyone I'm trying to refrain from giving in i'm weening him off the milk easier said than done.

    Comment by Springer76 (original poster) at 12:12 AM on Apr. 12, 2011

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