This sounds pretty normal to me. My dd has days where she eats a few mouthfuls each meal and days when she can eat multiple meals, or beat my husband in quantity! She's always ben like this and she's now four. She's never been underweight except once when shed had a bad virus, and she put the weight back on rapidly after recovering.
My take on this is its a natural appetite cycle, it ebbs and falls depending on mood, activity, weather and who knows what else. If you're offering a good range of healthy foods at meal and snack times, she'll eat the quantity she needs.
I think we over think it and over regulate our meals as we get older, which can lead to weight problems in later life because I know i find it hard to eat less when I need less, because I'm so used to the three meals a day routine that you "have" to have. Even if my energy output is low and I'm not hungry, I seem to force dinner on myself. Why?
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29-03-2014 19:57 #11Senior Member
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29-03-2014 21:03 #12
hopefully and by the sound of other posters, its just a phase.
perhaps she feels as tho there are more interesting things to do than sit in one spot for an extended amount of time to eat?? how do u feel about letting her graze through out the day? make a little platter and let her go to and from as she pleases?
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29-03-2014 21:11 #13
I wouldn't offer alternatives imo. Today both girls refused dinner so they just got their usual milk and straight to bed. I believe if you keep offering alternative meals then there is no incentive to eat what you are given first.
Of course if there are underlying issues this point is moot.
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29-03-2014 21:14 #14
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29-03-2014 21:14 #15
I guess I'm overthinking it especially this past week as she's starting daycare next week (2 days) and I'm thinking she's going to be a nightmare for the carers, especially as the centre provides the food and she's going through this phase.
"Life Is Ours, We Live It Our Way".
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29-03-2014 21:15 #16
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29-03-2014 21:17 #17
Have you checked in her mouth? Is she getting her two year old molars?
29-03-2014 21:20 #18
29-03-2014 21:24 #19
If it makes you feel any better my 2yr old today has had the equivalent of 1/4 piece of bread, 2 teaspoons of weet bix, 1/2 yoghurt pouch and a bite of sausage roll. Probably 30mL milk. I give up! No matter what I offer she just isn't interested some days, Dr said she wouldn't starve herself so I just have to have faith in that.
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29-03-2014 21:32 #20
Some days she eats NOTHING, at all. But most days she'll eat some strawberries and watermelon..
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