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    Default 16 month old not eating properly

    I am hoping I can get some good advice on this.
    We moved house 3 weeks ago on a Monday into my parents old house, then on the Tuesday (next day) our son started daycare only Tuesday each week. As you can imagine he gets very upset when left at daycare and is sad for most of the day, although we are persisting as this week was only his 3rd time there.
    He does not eat a thing at daycare, he refuses the food and even his bottle. That is understandable I guess until he gets used to daycare.
    But ever since the first day of day care his eating habits at home are poor too. He refuses most foods from a spoon, and will only eat certain things like clix biscuits and yoghurt. Even tonight he refused to eat his favourite, shepherds pie.
    We are getting very frustrated as he is a naturally thin boy as it is so we want him to eat. Plus he acts interested in food until u offer it too him then its like he doesn't want it because its not what he thought it was. And he actually cries if you keep the food near his mouth.
    We also find he gets upset if we don't pick him up a lot or if we move around the house doing things like chores.
    We have now taken the stance that if he refuses his food he misses out (no clix or yoghurt etc) then offer him a bottle before bed.
    We are wondering if daycare is causing this or if he is just going through a stage. If it goes on for much longer we might try taking him out of daycare and see what happens.


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    Sounds like it's related to him being stressed.

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    He could be cutting his molars? That can often make them upset and off their foods.

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    I can't relate to the daycare anxiety because ds2 started going at 13mths and loved it from day 1, apart from crying for a moment when I dropped him off he was just fine soon after I left him the first few days. He is 16mths now. Rather than spoon feed him have you tried giving him a bowl of food and let him go for it himself. I found my bub at about 14mths went through a stage of being off his food, I had been spoon feeding him up to that point so I tried letting him feed himself and he was fine and would much rather feed himself than me do it 2mths on.

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    He is cutting his eye teeth but he has never been this fussy even with his molars.
    We think it is some kind of stress to do with daycare and change of routine etc... Although we have read many things about toddlers getting fussy with food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberleygal1 View Post
    I can't relate to the daycare anxiety because ds2 started going at 13mths and loved it from day 1, apart from crying for a moment when I dropped him off he was just fine soon after I left him the first few days. He is 16mths now. Rather than spoon feed him have you tried giving him a bowl of food and let him go for it himself. I found my bub at about 14mths went through a stage of being off his food, I had been spoon feeding him up to that point so I tried letting him feed himself and he was fine and would much rather feed himself than me do it 2mths on.
    We give him finger food, if its something he really likes he eats it and sometimes eats a bit but then might play with it. Otherwise he just picks it up then drops or throws it.

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    My son was the perfect teether until eye teeth hit. Then he really suffered. He went off food and was generally upset for a good week or two.
    Id say he is really stressed. That is a massive amount of change to go through let alone for a baby.
    I personally wouldnt be doing the 'eat this or go without' thing as he is too young to understand.
    Does he use a spoon / fork himself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincolns mummy View Post
    My son was the perfect teether until eye teeth hit. Then he really suffered. He went off food and was generally upset for a good week or two.
    Id say he is really stressed. That is a massive amount of change to go through let alone for a baby.
    I personally wouldnt be doing the 'eat this or go without' thing as he is too young to understand.
    Does he use a spoon / fork himself?
    He does try to use a spoon but not very well. However at the moment he is so fussy he will either throw the spoon or just play with the food on it.
    He might not understand why we want him to eat our food but he certainly understands what a clix biscuit or yoghurt looks like, so we don't want him getting into the habit of getting his favourite snacks if he refuses other food.
    Hopefully he will settle down a bit once he adapts to the changes.
    But I am just wondering if day care is the main cause. The house we moved to is my parents old house so it is a house he knows and likes.

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    DS went through this a few weeks ago.

    I started leaving a bowl of grapes/apple/biscuits at his height all day so that if he got hungry, he could eat.
    He loved it. I think it was an independence thing, he just didn't want to be trapped in his chair.

    He has been on finger foods for months now and still isn't interested in a spoon either.

    Have you tried giving him some new foods? Like things he hasn't tried before?

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    hi i also have a 16mth old who goes thru stages of fussiness and clinginess! It's soooooo frustrating!
    For my dd, i know it will last a few weeks and then she will make up for her poor eating with a couple weeks straight of eating everything in her sight. Then back to fussiness.
    I just make sure if she throws her food or is inappropriate with it, i straight away clean her up and that's it untill the next meal. We dont muck around at meal times. I know how good she can be at the table with her food and i focus on this behaviour!
    I dont force feed her or make a fuss if she doesnt want to eat, i dont offer alternatives.
    I cut out snacks when she is fussy so she is more likley to be hungry at lunch/dinner time.
    If she refuses her milk, then i know for sure she's just not hungry! as she loves her milk!
    Toddlers wont starve themselves, dd only eats what her body needs and no more.
    As for the clinginess, it could be a bit of seperation anxiety from daycare and moving house. Just reassure him that you're always going to come back. It may take a bit of perserverence for him to settle into routine again. Just try and keep the days predictable for him.
    For the clinginess - Play peek a boo, chat to him while you are in a different room. Get him to help you with housework - give him his own sponge to wipe the coffee table ....or chew on!
    Maybe he just wants YOU to play with. When dd is clingly, i forget the house chores and i get down and play with her. They are not little for long and to see her light up when i sit down and read her books or play puzzles with her is just such a special moment and i feel it reassures her im still here for her at the drop of a hat.

    I hope everything settles down with ur ds. Give him time, keep his fluids up, monitor his wet/dirty nappies and try not to stress about it as i feel it's just a phase
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