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my 16 month old wont eat!!!!! very frustrated!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by on Oct. 27, 2009 at 8:49 PM
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ok my 16 month old doesnt want to eat and it is driving me crazy!!!!!!! she'll eat breakfast because because there is fruit involved. but she wont eat lunch or dinner. she just spits out all her food. so her diet is consisting of crackers, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, yogurt and fruit. lunch and dinner food just doesnt happen. i even tried to force her by putting in her mouth and moving her jaw to chew for her. that doesnt even work, she still spits it out. i know she needs a balanced diet and she just isnt getting it. has anyone else had a similar situation? how did you handle it without losing your insanity. its so difficult because i want to do the right thing so she is healthy but i just dont know how. any advice would be greatly apprieciated.... thanks ladies :)

by on Oct. 27, 2009 at 8:49 PM
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by on Oct. 27, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters. Give her what she likes to eat, because at least then she is eating something. Hopefully it is something she will grow out of. 

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by on Oct. 27, 2009 at 9:14 PM

We just got done with this phase....Thank goodness, lol.  My DD is 19 months old and she just started eating good.   Just hang in there and as long as she's eating a little bit and not becoming lethargic she will be just fine.   The doctor told us that toddlers go through this phase and would rather play than eat.   If your worried about nutrition you could buy her some pedia-sure.

You probably don't have to deal with this much longer...soon she will be eating ALL the time:)

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by on Oct. 27, 2009 at 11:27 PM

thanks so much ladies. i think ill just let her eat what she wants. at least that way she's eating. i think ill be stocking up on hot dogs and pb and j for a little bit. lol :) and i wouldnt have thought of pediasure but thats a great idea too. thanks again :)

thank you

by on Oct. 28, 2009 at 10:11 AM

My daughter is almost 3 and still that way.  I think theres about 10 things she'll eat and refuses to try anything else.  We also do carnation instant breakfast and throw fruit in there.   We don't make a big deal about it and just keep offering her food.  Eventually she'll eat something.  I did keep her on baby food until she was almost 2 because at least she was getting some fruits/veggies. 

by on Oct. 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I had that problem with both of my kids.  When I talked to the doctor, she said that it is normal and that it could be due to a few different things.  One is rather play than eat.  Another is that it could be a growth spurt. 

by on Oct. 28, 2009 at 11:08 PM

I agree with the posters who are saying to let her eat what she wants. At least she is getting some fruit, some dairy, some protein (pb), and some grains. It could be worse. But I would also recommend to continue offering other foods, including veggies. Don't make a big deal out of whether she eats them or not. Just offer them occasionally. Maybe she'll eventually try them, if she doesn't feel like it's a power struggle. I am in the middle of this process with my 16 month old who still doesn't like to drink milk. I offer it to him every day, and have for the last 4 months. He is finally to the point where he will drink a few ounces. But not every day. Still, I feel like we are making good progress!

by on Oct. 28, 2009 at 11:12 PM

LOL! So glad you posted this. I am going through the same thing with mine right now.

around the same age too. He eats a hearty breakfast and the rest is peanut butter crackers, nutri grain bars, pediasure, juice, banana (for lunch) and pb and J. The ONLY thing he will eat for supper is chicken nuggets (on occasion) generally he takes only pediasure at night. DRIVES ME CRAZY! No vegetables, no fresh fruit other than bananas, just grits and eggs for breakfast.

Lately he only wants a biscuit for breakfast. I swear he is living on AIR.

by on Oct. 28, 2009 at 11:22 PM

Just give her the foods she's supposed to eat, don't give in to her trying to control you... keep offering the foods without fruit and if she doesn't eat then save it for the next meal and DON'T offer any other foods.. if she is truly hungry she will eat..she won't starve herself and it should take about a day or two till she starts eating as she aught to. 


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by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 1:07 AM

The art of distraction works wonders.  Our almost 17 month-old son doesn't like to eat either, unless it is anything that is a bread consistency, pieces of cheese or scrambled eggs.  He will not eat little pieces of meat or veggies, so we still give him baby food to get his daily requirement of protein.  A few months ago, he just started on table food...he was later than the average kid.    Anyway, I'm getting off the subject.  We give him something to play with while he is eating, otherwise he puts his hands by his face in protest.  Distraction just might do the trick to get her mind off the "horrible" (or so they think) task at hand.  I feel for you momma! 

by on Nov. 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM
My 16 month old is the same way.
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