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Help...Toddler Eating Issues.

Posted by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 1:22 AM
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I am having a hard time with my little guy. He is extremely picky about what he eats, so the little things he does eat lately he hasnt eaten all of it.

He would be perfectly fine snacking all day instead, but I cant continue to let him do it.

This breaks my heart. I can deny him toys or going to the park or even just gametime....if needed, but I can NOT deny him food.

It was hard for me in my early to late teens ...sometimes there wasnt enough food to eat at home. Some days the only time I hate some weeks was at school lunch (which I got for free due to our income). I cant deny him food.

He will not eat dinner and then consistantly ask and even cry for a snack. I have reheated his dinner and given it too him and he is just the sadest little guy when this happens.

Can anyone give me some advice?

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LOswald0314
by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 2:34 AM
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 How old is he?  What about letting him "snack", but making it healthy snacks?  Bowls of mixed fruit, yogurt, etc.  If he's a toddler/preschooler it's pretty typical to be picky and just want to snack then pick at dinner.  Just keep all of his snack as healthy as you can.

mrswillie
by Silver Member on Mar. 26, 2013 at 6:24 AM

I sugguest working with a schedule. Also, continue to reheat the meals. He has to learned. Also, for go junk food for healthy snacks.

Wish2Be
by Michelle on Mar. 26, 2013 at 2:18 PM
He is 3 and most of his snacks are healthy.
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raschwittay
by Member on Mar. 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I have had this problem from day one. Some people say to restrict them to 3 meals  and two snacks a day. The child will learn. But, I also have a problem with that. I cannot bare to let my little guy go hungry till dinnertime. I am the snack all day type of mother. I pack as much protein and nutrience as I can into his snacks. I still have sit down dinners, but mostly with myself he tends to want to run around. At this age, I'll let him eat whenever he feels like it because it is so important for him to have as much brain food as he can handle. When he gets older I'll create more of a routine for him. 

I also grew up very poor and never knew if we were going to have food or not. I think that made me very parinoid and I over compensate. I admit that. But, offering food is way better than not having any at all. 

TexanMomOf6
by on Mar. 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

My 2.5 yo eats every 2 hours or so. I think it's normal. As long as they are of a healthy weight it's not a problem. There are probably height/weight charts somewhere on line, everything else is!!!

Wish2Be
by Michelle on Mar. 27, 2013 at 12:41 PM

This is me exactly. Thanks for understanding and making me feel less like a failure.

Quoting raschwittay:

I have had this problem from day one. Some people say to restrict them to 3 meals  and two snacks a day. The child will learn. But, I also have a problem with that. I cannot bare to let my little guy go hungry till dinnertime. I am the snack all day type of mother. I pack as much protein and nutrience as I can into his snacks. I still have sit down dinners, but mostly with myself he tends to want to run around. At this age, I'll let him eat whenever he feels like it because it is so important for him to have as much brain food as he can handle. When he gets older I'll create more of a routine for him. 

I also grew up very poor and never knew if we were going to have food or not. I think that made me very parinoid and I over compensate. I admit that. But, offering food is way better than not having any at all. 


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Wish2Be
by Michelle on Mar. 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM

This has been going on since he was 2. I am starting to think this will never change. Thank you.

Quoting TexanMomOf6:

My 2.5 yo eats every 2 hours or so. I think it's normal. As long as they are of a healthy weight it's not a problem. There are probably height/weight charts somewhere on line, everything else is!!!

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Mrsmumofboys
by on Mar. 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Hello i have been through this with my little boy & sometimes still going through it. Sometimes he eats nothing but pasta & i've even had his nursery teacher do charts up etc to help him which they did help at the begining but soon wore off. I have let him choose his own character plate & we play a game of find the picture on the plate. We also have a little penny pot & everytime he eats his meal he gets a penny in it. I have had to use the tough love when he's started to tantrum & put him in his room & tell him to stay there until he can sit at the table properly. Within a few mins he's back out saying sorry & eating his food. good .I've come to the conclusion that unlike my eldest child who loves his food my little one prefers to eat little & often.luck & i hope your little one starts eating well x

Roo1234
by Member on Mar. 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Plan and offer smaller meals more often.  

When you do have a sit down meal plan to have one thing on the table you know he will eat.  Offer a small (teaspoon) size portion of everything and then enjoy your meal and stop worrying about what he does or does not eat.

Kids are notoriously stubborn when it comes to food (it is one place where they have power) and you can make this a battle, or you can lead by example and choose not to comment on his eating.

Something else to remember is that the typical toddler/preschooler eats something like 80% of their caloric needs for a day by the end of lunch.  

Don't make the failure to eat one meal the basis for the denial of another.  Again, plan frequent (but smaller) healthy meals and offer them consistently.


soccer_mom1999
by New Member on Apr. 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM

 Wish I had help. My little one is not much better.

 




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