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    Default Help! I'm at my wits end!

    Some kids just aren't interested no matter what you do.
    I was thinking about this thread last night. To be fair, I don't have breakfast everyday. Sometimes I don't feel like a big dinner so will eat something snacky. And I certainly don't eat foods I don't like. If I'm not in the mood for a particular food I won't eat it, even if I "like" it. Why do we expect more from our young children?
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    Very true though I don't think 1 meal a day (lunch) is really ok for the majority of the week.

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    Have you tried keeping a diary do what she east across the week? At that age I was told by dietician it is more important to take a longer view rather than on a daily basis.

    If you haven't done this it might be worth a try. The dietician also suggested writing some notes such as how much we had done that day, his mood etc...

    To be honest it clearly hasn't helped my son eat more BUT it did relieve some stress because across the week he wasn't doing as badly as I thought - when he was little. Now if a whole other story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by binnielici View Post
    Have you tried keeping a diary do what she east across the week? At that age I was told by dietician it is more important to take a longer view rather than on a daily basis.

    If you haven't done this it might be worth a try. The dietician also suggested writing some notes such as how much we had done that day, his mood etc...

    To be honest it clearly hasn't helped my son eat more BUT it did relieve some stress because across the week he wasn't doing as badly as I thought - when he was little. Now if a whole other story!
    I've often done this....(food diary) and it did help me put my mind at ease.

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    This may be of little consolation but I'll offer it up as hope anyway

    When my brother was around the age of 2 he started being incredibly fussy with his food. He would eat toast, cheese, rice bubbles and milkshakes that Mum strategically blended egg yolks into on the sly - and that was IT!

    No fruit. No vegies. No meat. Nothing else at all.

    This went on for years. He is now 36 years old, had 3 kids of his own, and is a strapping farmer who is as fit as a fiddle.

    He still doesn't eat any meat, he still loves cheese, toast and milkshakes, but he has started eating vegies by the tonne!

    There is hope. My sister's kids also seemed to eat very little from the ages of 2 to 5 but now (at 15 and 12) they are spending $400 on groceries a week in order to try and keep them full!

    I think they will eat what they need, and eat when they are hungry, but I understand how worrying it must be at the time

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    She's 18 months! She's still a baby! They usually eat small frequent meals at that age. Stop stressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeschooling4 View Post
    She's 18 months! She's still a baby! They usually eat small frequent meals at that age. Stop stressing.
    That's the point, she doesn't eat frequently. I do t expect her to eat much but a mouthful of dinner or breakfast would be great.

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    Actually...what help ds eat more was sitting down with 2-4 year olds at about 16-17 months at lunch time once a week. it's like he realised what he was suppose to be doing! He wasn't fussy before then but wouldn't eat more than a bite at each meal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeschooling4 View Post
    She's 18 months! She's still a baby! They usually eat small frequent meals at that age. Stop stressing.
    Stop stressing? This is easier said than done when you have child with feeding difficulties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    Some kids just aren't interested no matter what you do.
    I was thinking about this thread last night. To be fair, I don't have breakfast everyday. Sometimes I don't feel like a big dinner so will eat something snacky. And I certainly don't eat foods I don't like. If I'm not in the mood for a particular food I won't eat it, even if I "like" it. Why do we expect more from our young children?
    I agree with this.

    I realise my opinion won't be shared by many, but honestly I just think if you are upset and stressed, give her what she will eat. It's better that she eats than that she doesn't. If those are your options, do what you need to do.

    I've spent so many hours over the past 3.5 years stressing over DS's eating and sleep. Now I do my best, but ultimately I do what I have to do to get through.

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