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He won't eat what I cook

My 20 month old DS will not eat what I cook for dinner...unless it's mac n cheese or spagetti. So, what do I do? Give him a banana or something or give him nothing? It's becoming a regular issue and I don't want him growing up thinking I am some kind of short order cook who will cook for him whatever he wants. What do I do??

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Iluvmyseptboy

Asked by Iluvmyseptboy at 5:19 PM on May. 4, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I really don't know what to do. My kid has always eaten everything. I know some friends with picky kids cater to them and others use bribery. Some make them eat what they cook. When kids are at my house they eat what I give them. I am not a short order cook. Now there are a few things my dd just would prefer not to have and she has the option of having cereal on those few nights.
    Shaken1976

    Answer by Shaken1976 at 5:22 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • My son is starting to show preferences at the dinner table also. I don't force him to eat anything, but neither do I give him an alternative. Dinner is dinner, eat it or not. He won't starve from missing 1 or 2 meals. Give him his regular before-bed snack, not extra to make up for the lost dinner, and expect him to be hungry for breakfast.
    hootie826

    Answer by hootie826 at 5:29 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • We eat dinner at 5 and bedtime is at 7:30....I've never given him a bedtime snack before..
    Iluvmyseptboy

    Comment by Iluvmyseptboy (original poster) at 5:32 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • Ok, then expect him to be hungry for breakfast. My son still gets a few ounces of milk before bed, so I didn't know what you did.
    hootie826

    Answer by hootie826 at 5:33 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • We tell our boys "You don't have to like, you have to eat it" It's really that simply. If you start to indulge his picky eating habbits......it WILL get worse. Like hottie said, he's not going to starve by missing a meal or 2 but giving him other options is just asking for trouble.
    how_reb

    Answer by how_reb at 5:45 PM on May. 4, 2011

  • Alright, thanks ladies :) I'll just have breakfast ready when he wakes up :)
    Iluvmyseptboy

    Comment by Iluvmyseptboy (original poster) at 6:07 PM on May. 4, 2011

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