DD has just turned 2 and I can say for the past 9 months she's hasn't been eating much at all.
She used to eat what ever we offer her.
Then all of a sudden she decided she doesn't want to eat anything at all.
At the moment she would only eat instant noodles, bread with butter, chips and nugget store bought. She does love yogurt and some fruit.
Once in a blue moon she would eat a whole bunch of broccoli, would try some steamed chicken and corn.
She won't even drink water.
We always eat as a family together.
I tried feeding her, let her eat off my plate, tried cooking her noodles, make her home made chips and nuggets, nothing works.
Today she had whole meal bread for breakfast and lunch. Totally ignoring her dinner.
I am struggling to decide whether or not I should give her more bread for dinner or just starve her.
What are your tips on getting your toddler to eat and drink water?
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06-11-2014 17:18 #1
2 year old won't eat anything! Please help!
06-11-2014 17:29 #2
My nearly 2 yr old boy doing the same it's very upsetting! He was chubby not fussy ate everything even international exotic food, What he weighed at his 12 month injection is what he weighed at his 18month injection. It's normal for them to have more of an appetite then little appetite but when they get thin makes me sad but I know my oldest son done it from 2yrs-4yrs but after that has continued to eat well again and fill out. I try high calorie high nutrition food as he only eats a tiny bit and loses interest. I try sitting on the couch ignoring him then he asks to have some. Not with water though,.. Maybe take her to the shops let her choose a drink bottle of her favourite character make a big deal how exciting it is let her fill it up the first time maybe it might help Hope it improves hugs x
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06-11-2014 17:40 #3
Just feed her what she will eat and don't stress and forget about it. I'm in the same boat and I'm over worrying about something it appears I cannot change.
06-11-2014 17:48 #4
Is she drinking anything?
I would just keep offering your food and give her something as well that you know she will eat and just keep being positive about food - don't make a big deal if she eats or not
06-11-2014 17:51 #5
We have started grating carrot and zucchini into a lot of meals which is something that can't be seen or tasted. In saying that some kids just know Its still in there but It's how we get veg into ds1 at this point.
Will she eat muffins? Maybe try veg muffins or homemade fruit muffins.
06-11-2014 18:05 #6
I would love to grate Veges into food but its hard to hide carrot into butter on toast lol
06-11-2014 18:38 #7
She drinks milk, one glass before nap and one glass before bed.
Sometimes I would let her play with water so she would at least get some in her system. She would pore water on the table and then attempts to drink from the table
From time to time I would give her watered down juice which she's not a big fan either. She does like to suck on ice which I offer her as well, scared of her choking on it.
I tried grating zucchini and carrots into home made chicken nuggets and she's not interested.
She doesn't eat muffin unless it's sweet. Which I don't offer her at all unless special occasion.
She would eat scrambled eggs sometimes, but she won't touch omelette or eggs cooked any other way.
I try not to make a big deal out of it and just give her whatever she would eat but it's frustrating. And I am so worried that she's going to end up with a bad rating habit when she grow up.
06-11-2014 19:08 #8
Hugs. They are really stubborn little creatures children are. My son is 7 and has a fantastic appatite now after years of struggling. I wish i didnt stress over it so much but i really did. There are things he wont eat but he is willing to give most things a shot these days which is fantastic.
Just keep trying and offering what you have.
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06-11-2014 19:09 #9
Hey OP my 21 month old is the same.
Fussy toddlers are the norm, between 12-30 months is the period where good eaters are the exception.
As frustrating as it is, it is a phase that will pass!
Don't make a fuss or turn it into a battleground. Dd awhile ago went through a phase of almost 3 weeks of eating nothing but toast lol. I just rolled with it.
I recommend the mighty toddler by robin barker it's incredibly reassuring also give peas a chance by Kate samala (sp?)
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06-11-2014 19:10 #10
Would she be interested in smoothies?
I recently went to an eating class and they really just said to keep offering and to make meal times a safe place. So somewhere secure they can sit and eat their food. Remain calm and positive and be conscious of what you say even if they refuse the food.
Sometimes a platter can help them try foods. At the class they had a fruit platter which ds1 walked straight up to. He picked up a strawberry which is something he hates and he put it in his mouth and chewed. He spat it out but the ot pointed out that at least he tried it. She said a lot of kids nay try things if there's a choice and if they can help themselves. She also said to have something there that she will eat so the food doesn't look new and daunting.
Could you maybe try giving her store chips and nuggets but adding in a few homemade bits?
The ot also said that using utensils for things may help them try new foods because some kids won't try something purely because they don't like the feel of it. Ds1 will only eat kiwi fruit off a spoon. He loves it but if I just cut it up he grabs it and says eww then won't eat it.
Sorry if none of this is helpful. Some kids are just fussy no matter what you try
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