How do I get my 2-year-old to eat?

My son eats very few foods and will not try anything new. He is 2 years old and needs the protein and iron, but just refuses to eat it. To make this short, what he will eat:
Yogurt (YoBaby only)
GoldFish Crackers
Peaches(canned only)
Cheese(yellow only)
Beech Nut Mac and Cheese Toddler meal
French Fries

Sometimes foods:
Mandarin Oranges
Sweet potatoes

No bread, pasta, rice of an kind.

He will not eat any veggies, besides the sweet potatoes which is rare, and will not eat meat or eggs. I've tried every kind of both, every way. Is anybody else dealing with this? I need some help and ideas on how to get my son to eat.
Oh, and I can't even get him to eat a chocolate chip let alone a Vitamin.


Asked by erin123 at 11:20 PM on Feb. 10, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • try letting him eat it on his own if he dont already.. my son just turned 2, and i had the hardest time not eating.... but it surprisingly passed. now hell try just about anything.

    Answer by HaviksMum at 11:27 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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  • WOW look at the color and texture similarities! You could try a no thank you bite rule attach it to a big day and tell him he is big enough for a new eating rule he has to take one bite of everything on his plate to decide if he likes it or not he might decide he likes somethings he didn't before. Or dipping sometimes helps, let him dip meats in cheese, ketchup, dressing what ever he likes.

    Answer by goaliemom93 at 11:32 PM on Feb. 10, 2009

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  • way to goSo you should continue to introduce healthy foods even if he does not eat them. If he throws them on the floor give him a few minutes to finish eating. But, continue to place the same food on his plate occasionally (once a day or everyother) consistently. IT WORKS I PROMISE! Still doing it for my preteens. all of a sudden they just start EATING IT! Good luck!


    Answer by pepperannrocks at 12:16 AM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • i say force him to eat the stuff..

    i do that with my daughter she 16 months.. i give her everything so she not picky eater

    you don wanted them to be picky eater so just give it too them or just mix in with the food you cook..

    Answer by mommytobe24 at 1:14 AM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • lol sounds like my sons diiet, though he loves his cheerios. As far as breads, he's getting his grains from the crackers so try introducing him to new whole grain crackers, like the goldfish whole grain cheddar, they taste awesome but more vitamns. Try lunchable jrs my son loves those, turkey cheese and mini crackers. Try Dole fruit cups they come in plastic easy serve cups, my speech therapist gave those to my son and they r the new fav of the day, and fruits&veggies are in the same pyramid section. They have bite size veggies in gerber but my son hates those, try things like black cut olives the cut ones like u get on a salad, for some strange reason my son loves them now too, daddy had a salad and aidan ate them all off lol. Corn cut off the cob or frozen corn was also a hit. Just keep tryin new healthier variations that work for his age, maybe dried veggie or fruit chips if he can eat them. Try the health food isle too!

    Answer by lakegeorge_mom at 5:54 AM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • Seeing your question just took a huge weight off of my chest:) My son is 1 and is being picky as well, and he wasn't always that way. He has texture issues and eats and doesn't eat some of the same foods you have listed. It's normal and will pass. You just have to keep trying the same foods as well as new ones, maybe in different shapes or textures. Maybe try sitting down with your son to eat and just give him what ever your having to eat. Today I made myself a turkey sandwich w/ mustard, cheese, and lettuce, never would have thought that my son would eat it, but he wanted what I had not what I was trying to feed him. So I ripped off a chunk of my sandwich and gave it to him, to my supprise he ate it and wanted more. It's frustrating for us and our kids see this. If you're stressed out chances are you are stressing him out. Everything that I have read says do not force them to eat something that they do not want to eat.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:08 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • Get the book First Meals (The Epxanded Edition) by Annabel Karmel. It has good recipes for introducing new textures and shapes. Just relax a little, this is normal! Just keep on introducing the same food as well as new food and one day he will like what he didn't yesterday. I think that he just might have a texture issue, my son is the same way right now and he is one. It looks like he gets good nutrition from what you are giving him though. Try pureeing chicken and then add it to the yogurt, I bet he'll barely even notice. Is he feeding himself, sometimes they'll eat something new and different if they get to spoon it from the bowl themselves.

    Answer by KadensMom907 at 6:17 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

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  • you cant give him the power of choosing tell him this is what is on the menu if you dont want to eat it thats fine but your not going to have anything else until next meal time and he might throw a fit for a while but he will take you seriously and eat good come next meal. they are children and need guidance, they cant be in charge of their meals because they dont know what is best for them

    Answer by emleejane at 5:50 PM on Apr. 4, 2009

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  • Oh yes me too my 2yr old son hardly eats anything, he drinks heaps milk , juice, stuff that he use to eat he refuses now. It gets very frustrating , my daughter was the same for a very long time, she is 15yr now and can eat way more than me now it seems she is always eating ,

    Answer by ROSIETRACE at 3:19 PM on Jan. 1, 2010

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  • my son is like that, he basically likes to eat breads, chips, basically junk food, mashed potatoes. he snacks all day instead of actually eating when we do.he isa very picky eater, he can eat and eat weather its junk food or what and still does'nt gain weight very easy. we have to force our son to try a bite of what ever we are eating most ofthe time just so he will try it and then he eats some of it.

    Answer by ems9909 at 5:28 AM on Jan. 27, 2010

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