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Eating

Anyone else' kid not eat? Apparantly he eats well at daycare, but he is a horrible eater for me. Am i doing something wrong? I try to offer different things but he shakes his head and throws them all on the floor. He will have bits and pieces of something all day and i feel like he is just getting junk. Like today all he has had is some yogurt, two spoonfulls of oatmeal, 1 little chunk of mall chicken, a tiny piece of cookie, two bites of a peanut butter sandwich and a toddler granola bar. seriously? how is he not starving? and WHY is he still flinging food on the floor >:l

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I am fortunate to not have this problem BUT, rest assured, nearly every toddler I know/have known has been a TERRIBLE eater. Many even worse than you describe. And they are all perfectly healthy, somehow. I know it's really hard not to stress about it, but if you just keep offering a mix of new, healthy food with some things you know he'll eat, he WILL eventually get past it and WILL eat enough to stay healthy. I've read numerous articles stating that it can take a toddler 20-30 times of being introduced to a food before they'll eat it. And somewhere, a line I keep in mind when Adair is having an off eating day--nobody ever starved to death with a full refrigerator!

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You just described T to a T, Janice. Its like she hates food! She's been especially frustrating lately. Today, she ate one bite of fried egg white, a handful of yogurt melts while we were at the store, and 5 or so tiny spoonfuls of lentil soup. This is better than yesterday! She has pretty much refused to eat dinner for the past week. We don't let her snack right after she's refused to eat a meal and we don't offer her "special" foods when she refuses what we're eating. I don't know what else to do. DH has suggested that perhaps she would eat more if she nursed less. I tell him that most toddler eat the way Teagan does despite not nursing and so we're lucky that she's still nursing as thus at least getting something nutritious in her belly. I started giving her a multi vitamin to help ease my mind. She even threw THAT on the floor this morning and she usually gobbles them down and begs for more.

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Ditto everything you said for Lyla, Janice. Let me tell you what Lyla has eaten today. A few dry cheerios this morning for breakfast, some ketchup licked off of a baby carrot for lunch, a small piece of a cookie, a sippy of milk, and now she's eating her yogurt. That's it. It's after 4pm. Every meal involves her making a mess that takes 30 minutes to clean up. Sometimes if she does act like she's going to eat something, she chews on it for a bit and then just lets all fall out of her mouth. Yuck!

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It's seriously the age. You know what my food obsessed "great eater" had for lunch today? Goldfish.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

We don't let her snack right after she's refused to eat a meal and we don't offer her "special" foods when she refuses what we're eating. I don't know what else to do.

We do the same thing. She doesn't get special foods if she doesn't eat what we cooked and she doesn't get snacks within 2 hours of dinner or after if she didn't eat.

DH has suggested that perhaps she would eat more if she nursed less.

Nope. Lyla isn't nursing anymore and hasn't since she was about 11months old.

Lyla will not eat eggs at all. Never has. It's made breakfast a real challenge. Eggs and anything with onions in it are a complete no go.

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see this was my question too. about portion sizes. some days n eats huge amounts other days he eats what you all are talking about. being picky is really not an issue with the exception of veggies. he loves fruit but to get him to eat a veggie doesnt work.

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"jperry5683" wrote:

see this was my question too. about portion sizes. some days n eats huge amounts other days he eats what you all are talking about. being picky is really not an issue with the exception of veggies. he loves fruit but to get him to eat a veggie doesnt work.

THAT sounds like Adair. But she likes peas and broccoli.

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Odin is going through the not eating phase as well and he was a ravenous 8-12 month old. Its totally the age. DS1 went through it also and for a few months would only eat significant amounts of smoothies (at times) and not much of anything else. And he was and is a great and adventerous eater. I don't sweat it with Odin. The only thing he will pretty much always eat is cheese, but sometimes only a few bites. We offer the foods that the family is eating and if he eats then great and if not then he has to wait till the next meal or snack. I know he will eat when his body needs it so I don't push or worry about him going hugry ever. We did start giving a multi-vit. that he will eat every now and then just to get some extra good stuff in him.

Oh, and the nursing isn't a factor in how much he eats. He went on an eating strike before DS3 was born and while I had just colostrum. Now he has tons of BM to enjoy, nurses about 1-2 time per day, and still isn't eating very much. We get a good 'food eating meal' here and there but it is rare and not really connected to what is served.

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he isn't nursing either. i don't give him anything special if he isn't eating what we are eating, but sometimes i give him a small snack when we get home if he is extra whiny. Maybe i should stop that...he pulls me over to the fridge or cupboard a lot, but then he won't eat anything i give him. He has had goldfish for lunch before too. I'm glad he eats well for my DCP though

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He probably eats better seeing other kids eat. Aiden eats way better when I eat with him, so I eat breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner with him now. Even then some days he just won't eat a meal or meals. And Aiden is a fantastic eater most days! Yesterday he had a roll for dinner and that was it. For Aiden standards that's pretty much nothing. If Aiden refuses to eat a meal that he should at least pick at, I save it for later and he doesn't get anything else. I don't fight him with food at all. If he doesn't eat, I say "okay, all done! Let's clean up!" and let him play. When he decides he's hungry later, I heat it up and give it back. There are some foods I don't expect him to eat, but I do keep giving him small bites on his plate. I've read a few places that it can take seeing a food 30 times before kids decide to TRY it!!! And that's just TRY it, not actually EAT it. Aiden doesn't like veggies. I hide them on pizzas under the cheese, in spaghetti sauce (last sauce had very finely diced yellow squash and a bit of pureed spinach lol), etc.
He sounds normal. Toddlers are frustrating. Blum 3

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Jackie, Lyla is the opposite. She eats better if I set her food on the table and leave. She will climb in her chair and sit there and eat. Not always, but I've had more success with that than I ever have eating with her.

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Lainey is going through the picky phase, too, although she will try more things now than she would a few months ago. I don't worry about it too much. She gets offered what we eat, and she can pretty much take it or leave it. I encourage her to try everything, but don't worry too much if she doesn't. It will come in time. I do let her snack once in the morning and once in the afternoon. I figure she's getting some food into her, even if it isn't at the traditional meal times necessarily.

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Teagan chowed at her classmate's birthday party today. She hoovered about a dozen potato chips and wolfed down a slice of chocolate cake. So, she CAN eat. Oh, and she ate green icing, which proves to me that she is not merely frightened by the color green.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Teagan chowed at her classmate's birthday party today. She hoovered about a dozen potato chips and wolfed down a slice of chocolate cake. So, she CAN eat. Oh, and she ate green icing, which proves to me that she is not merely frightened by the color green.

ROFL
I used to think DS hated anything green until the lasagna last week. With all the pureed broccoli and spinach there was lots of green and he still ate it. Yet he wouldn't touch that stuff normally. :roll:

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Madison eats great at daycare and at other people's homes. At our house shes picky as can be. Two things she'll always eat is applesauce and cottage cheese, so she gets that pretty much everynight too.

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Last night at my mom's Adair ate an adult sized portion of roast (I just gave her a little, but she kept demanding "More meat. MORE MEAT.") and about two cups of diced watermelon. Then this morning she ate a quarter of a cantaloupe and a few little pieces of whole wheat pita, but refused absolutely everything else. I can't complain because she's eating, and a lot, but she's just eating WEIRD.

I definitely notice she tends to like single, identifiable whole food items rather than mixed up stuff...if she can't tell what something is, she'll hold it up and ask, and if she doesn't know the word I say, she usually won't eat it. Toddler.

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Evan varies. Some days it's great, other days it is cheese and those squeeze pouch veggies. At least he is now at the point where he will at least put most things up to his mouth to "taste." We also give him what we eat, although I am guilty of letting him snack within an hour or two of eating. I try not to worry about it too much.

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Simon clearly likes to eat....alot. Of course he's not a fan of veggies. But if he see's other kids eating them he'll often at least try, if not force it down making the "sour" face just becaue some other child is. LOL!!

Simon hasnt met a carb or protein he hasnt liked. It's fruits and veggies he's picky with, especially veggies. But if Simon refuses food, I KNOW he's not feeling well.