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How to feed your stubborn toddler GrumpsMama 1 child; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 15825 posts
26th Nov '12

My son is 20 months old, he wont eat anything. He only wants to eat cheese and occasionally saltine crackers, or bread, or just peanut butter. But not all together, has to be individually. He really likes water & juice..not a fan of milk.
Any ideas, tips, tricks?



ETA, he loves peas, he calls them balls.

Sarah ♥ K&K 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Oceanside, CA, United States 112669 posts
26th Nov '12

I just keep introducing new foods, its an age thing.

Kimber-lily Due September 27 (girl); 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
26th Nov '12

I cook what I want for dinner, and if the kids don't eat it it's pretty much a SOL situation. They do go back to eat it when they are hungry enough, children won't starve themselves to death. lol

GrumpsMama 1 child; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 15825 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting Kimber-Lily:" I cook what I want for dinner, and if the kids don't eat it it's pretty much a SOL situation. They do go back to eat it when they are hungry enough, children won't starve themselves to death. lol"


I try to cook something that he likes..but he wont come back later to eat.

user banned 2 kids; Minnesota 7318 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting Kimber-Lily:" I cook what I want for dinner, and if the kids don't eat it it's pretty much a SOL situation. They do go back to eat it when they are hungry enough, children won't starve themselves to death. lol"


This.



I cook a main dish and two sides. Among the three options, if they don't eat, it means they are not hungry.

user banned 2 kids; Minnesota 7318 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting GrumpsMama.:" I try to cook something that he likes..but he wont come back later to eat. "


I bet he is just not hungry then.

Ivana, VBA2C success! 3 kids; Aurora, Colorado 6834 posts
26th Nov '12

eh my son is 21 months and some days all he wants is string cheese, grapes, and popsicles!! He is a healthy 24lbs, so I am honestly worrying about it. I offer him food throughout the day and if eats great, if he doesn't oh well. I find when I push the issue he is more resistant to it. If I just put him in his chair, give him the food and walk away, he eats just fine.
Don't worry, he will eat what he needs to. toddler are typically picky, I went through it with my daughter as well and she is now 4.5yrs old and eats great, and weighs a healthy 40lbs!

martinez♥ Due February 13; 2 kids; Fort Myers, Florida 2593 posts
26th Nov '12

Read the book "How To Get Your Kid To Eat... But Not Too Much!" It was reccomended by a friend who is currently a WIC Nutritionist supervisor. It actually has a ton of great info and very helpful when Leah wouldn't eat anything.

Kimber-lily Due September 27 (girl); 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting GrumpsMama.:" I try to cook something that he likes..but he wont come back later to eat. "


I'm a tough love kind of mom I guess. I mean, I ask them what they want for dinner and I'll work around it. But if they want to eat their chicken but not their veggies, then ask for a snack... they can go back to the damn table and finish their veggies. Lol.
My oldest has gone to bed a few times without eating supper, it bothers me none because it was her choice. And I don't get out of bed at 5 am either when she wakes me up saying she is hungry, I make her wait until 8 to eat breakfast with everyone else.

GrumpsMama 1 child; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 15825 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting Chim Richalds:" I bet he is just not hungry then."


Idk, it worries me, lol He will do this for days.

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19208 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting ♡Sarah♡ + 2:" I just keep introducing new foods, its an age thing."


I'm with Sarah. Just keep trying new foods.



Have you tried flavoring his milk with chocolate or strawberry? I know it's not the BEST idea, but Ovaltine supposedly has vitamins in it so it's not all teeth rot. :lol: I don't really know on that one because my son LOVES milk.



And that book martinez suggested sounds great.

GrumpsMama 1 child; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 15825 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting Kimber-Lily:" I'm a tough love kind of mom I guess. I mean, I ask them what they want for dinner and I'll work around ... [snip!] ... of bed at 5 am either when she wakes me up saying she is hungry, I make her wait until 8 to eat breakfast with everyone else. "


He's not old enough to reason with, lol, still a baby.
He doesn't even ask for snacks.

Chellie Due September 19 (boy); 2 kids; Vegas, Nv, United States 4253 posts
26th Nov '12

My son will be 22 months on the 3rd. I cook what we have for dinner. I make him a plate and he will eat what he wants off it. Fortunately he is not super picky though recently he started developing more of a taste so I may be facing it soon:/



As for the rest of the day I give him choices usually between two things and let him pick what he wants.

user banned 2 kids; Minnesota 7318 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting GrumpsMama.:" Idk, it worries me, lol He will do this for days."


My daughter just went a week without taking more than two bites at any meal. It is totally normal when they are not going through a lot of growing. Trust his body to tell him when he needs food.

Kimber-lily Due September 27 (girl); 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting GrumpsMama.:" He's not old enough to reason with, lol, still a baby. He doesn't even ask for snacks. "


Same goes for my youngest too tho. I dunno, maybe I'm just a jerk.