What meals can I feed my picky eater?

My 16 month old weighs only 18lbs 9oz. Her doctor wants her to gain more weight, but she eats like a bird! I can't get her to eat big meals so she picks throughout the day which makes it seem like she eats alot but she has been losing weight, not gaining... any calorie rich healthy meal ideas would really be helpfull.


Asked by cwerner4870 at 12:28 PM on Jan. 7, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • my son has sensory problems and eats only baby food

    which is not enough

    so i put carnation instant breakfast in his milk to give him the nutrients he needs

    at one point i thought starving kids over seas look healthier then him and he was always so sick

    but now he is heavier healthy and strong

    good luck i hope things get better


    Answer by lynnspink at 12:36 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • for my kids i bought a magic bullet that lets you blend foods. my son loved mac n cheese blended with applesause. maybe small bites of bagel/cream cheese? cream of wheat? I put a little butter and milk to make it more runny and not thick. they make tons of kids yogurts too. Quaker also makes a breakfast cookie that my really picky eater loves! it's loaded with vitamins and fiber which makes it a great snack.
    hope this gave you a few ideas.

    Answer by nvedwards at 1:19 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • Has the doctor run tests for diabetes, Celiac Disease and cancer? We had my son tested for them sometime after his first birthday because he was so small. His tests came back negative so we hoped that it was just genetic. He has gained weight and has grown and continually done so. We are happy about that because he was so small when he turned one that he was still wearing 6 - 9 month clothing. The pediatrician told me to give him whole milk, put butter in everything and give him foods that will help him gain the weight. If you have questions about any of this, feel free to contact me.

    Answer by dustbunny at 2:47 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • Don't worry! My girl just turned one and wasn't even on the weight chart anymore, but below it! She was only a little over 16 lbs and I would be surprised if at 16 months she is even 18. Doc took some blood tests but says she is fine. She is just our little itty bitty. I was worried about why she didn't seem to be eating very much either, but then after some reading and talking to friends, I was reassured that it's totally normal. Since their growth slows down after a year they don't need to eat as much as they did in the first year. Just make sure what she does eat counts. My baby loves cheese! cheese on scrambled eggs, cheese cubes.... this is a good way to give her calories. Also whole milk and buttered bread. As far as meals, because I'm always trying to give her balanced meals which seems impossible at this age, I use some great toddler cookbooks. Look up Annabel Karmel on ebay or half.com, she has some great cookbooks!

    Answer by Asloml at 6:32 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

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  • My little girl was beyond tiny too (18lbs at 12 mths) and then caught up around 18 mths(23lbs). I gave her a lot of avacados mixed into her food and lots of yogurt and cheese. I also let her snack as much as she wanted and made food very easy for her to get to.

    Answer by Gem0614 at 6:40 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

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