I have an 18MO DD who has never really 'gotten into' solids. She is very very slender and it is really concerning me. I make her all sorts of different food and she will tend to have a few nibbles and that's it. A lot of the food she won't even touch. The only thing she really eats well is her morning porridge - the only breakfast food I have found she likes after trying eggs a gazillion different ways, French toast, pancakes etc etc.
Anyway my question is has anyone else experienced this and is it a phase and/or how do you snap them out of this? Are there certain foods perhaps which appeal more to the palette of children of this age?
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15-11-2013 20:03 #1
18MO not really keen on solids??!!!
15-11-2013 20:15 #2
Is she drinking milk? And if so how much? Do you offer her what the family is having for lunch/dinner? Some kids are just naturally small eaters but you just want to make sure she gets a wide variety of food - what does she normally have for lunch and dinner? Has she been checked for any sensory or throat issues ?
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16-11-2013 13:58 #3
She is still BFing but I try not to let her have it during the day because is prefer she fills herself up on food. For lunch I've tried so many things sandwiches, savoury muffins, homemade pizzas and quiches and things like that even cruskits or rice cakes with toppings. I also try to have her have some jalna yoghurt with fruit or even just some fruit for afternoon tea (particularly if she hasn't had lunch). For dinner she eats what we are things like fish, butter chicken, stir fry, veal cutlets, pasta...the list is endless...she has had some meals she has loved a few times then totally goes off others she won't even touch. I'm a bit lost on what to offer or do to be honest. We've been doing baby led weaning and she has no problem whatsoever chewing and swallowing all kinds of different textures it's almost like she is just not interested in food.
16-11-2013 14:30 #4
My DS is just over 2yrs now and was just like your child at that age. I even posted a couple of threads about it as I was so worried that he wasn't getting enough nutrition!
I still joke that he lives off 5 blueberries a day but I've found he has started to eat more (quantity). I just keep offering a wide variety of food (which it sounds like you are doing) and some days he tucks into it - other days he doesn't.
In compassion to his little mates at Playgroup - he doesn't look any smaller or underweight - he's happy and has heaps of energy so he is obviously getting what he needs.
I would just keep doing what your doing and overtime I'm sure you will notice an increase in the amount she eats (maybe not in a day but quantity over the week).
Best wishes :-)
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16-11-2013 14:38 #5-
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My dd is 20 months and is EXACTLY the same some days she wont eat anything at all. I was like that as a kid tho. Just nibbled on things was a skinny little thing, my hubby was like that too. Some kids just are. As long as she is getting something and still breastfeeding atleast then thats ok.
Hugs. It is rough. I know im constantly stressing about how much she is eating and how thin she is (she still has a tiny bit of chub but not much)
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16-11-2013 19:10 #6
Thanks everyone! She's absolutely choc full of energy (to an extreme - always literally jumping up and down in excitement) so I know she must be getting some nutrients into her it's just hard not to worry when you can't 'tick off' all the food groups each day. I've tried not to be a worry wort but it's tough not to when you want to give them the best head start you can.
Think I will just continue doing what in doing and offering lots of options in the hope that one of the things offered is what she's interested in that particular day.
Thanks again for your feedback makes you feel a little more normal!
16-11-2013 19:36 #7
My 14mo did is the same. I just try to offer solids before bf but still bf her many tines a day to make sure she's still getting something
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