What time does she have dinner, I find my kids were extra fussy when they were tired...perhaps an earlier dinner time may help?
Big hugs I feel your pain, both of my kids are fussy eaters...
I have some info I was given by a nutritionist that may help if you are interested?
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29-03-2016 22:23 #31
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30-03-2016 06:11 #32
We have tried various different times and it doesn't make a difference. We have tried at a little table, in the high chair etc.
30-03-2016 06:27 #33
Just keep trying. I know how hard it is. I am almost in tears reading people's posts where they say I offer them fruit, cheese or yoghurt because they know their child will at least eat that. I do not even have this.
There is no single food he will eat without fail as a back up. He could eat some yoghurt with absolute gusto one day and then refuse to even touch it for weeks before it may find favour again. Same goes for every other food.
I put no pressure. He helps prep every meal , we bought a learning tower for this purpose (great thing for making it less stressful to have them in the kitchen among other things!). Sometimes helping in the kitchen works and he will nibble on some of the ingredients. Growing our own vegetables has had some success to - as he has enjoyed being in the garden and on occasion randomly plucked something and eat it. I was in tears one day watching him pull up a carrot and start munching that's how desperate I am for him to eat!
The waste is awful. Like @Tamtam I cry a lot.
I'm hoping for you as she is so young it's just a phase that some patience will get through. Hugs X
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30-03-2016 06:41 #34
That's what happens here. She will eat something once then not again. She doesn't eat yoghurt and barely eats fruit. She ate a handful of grapes on the weekend but yesterday refused.
I feel better knowing I'm not the only one dealing with the constant struggle of food.
30-03-2016 06:43 #35Senior Member
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Help! I'm at my wits end!
OP I feel your pain. Dd1 is a chronically bad eater too. Our story is almost identical to yours, with all the professional help doing sweet bugger all for a kid who is just a naturally terrible eater. I think at 18 months, just get calories down her in whatever form she will take. Now my Dd is older (nearly 3, eep!) and she can communicate well, we are having some success with bargaining - if you eat 3 bites of this you can play play doh for 20 mins after dinner etc. Last night she ate 3 slices of roast chicken, 2 potatoes and all her peas and broccoli! You would not believe (or actually you might) the celebrating that went on in my house last night! Huge hugs...I'm sorry things are so hard. I understand what a soul destroying and constant battle food can be.
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30-03-2016 06:43 #36
Help! I'm at my wits end!
I'm another in the same boat. Dd1 is 3 and still hasn't improved. I wish it could say it gets better but it hasn't here. Its a nightmare. She weights 11.5kg and still in size 1-2. Mum told me I was the same. She will eat nothing at daycare- nothing all day, even toast.
I tried the tough love approach but it just resulted in her starving herself and waking more at night.
Now she's a little older I can bribe her by saying if she will eat a piece of carrot and cucumber (she now likes those- the only two veggies she will eat) she can have a chocolate. I'm unsure if this is the right thing to do but I'm at my wits ends.
I'm dredding school as she won't even eat a sandwich. The only meat she eats is chicken bites from Meccas. ZERO fruit.
People just don't understand and say just stop giving her alternatives like a cruskit or banana snack bar. But with dd1 it's not that simple
One thing that I found at that age (not now) is if she helped me prep our dinner - she stood on a chair at the bench- she would ask what things were and occasionally try it- not that she ever liked it lol but it's how I got her to have at least the carrot and cucumber.
I really feel for you. Kids who are smaller have smaller appetites and can be much much harder to get anything into them. She's in a crumpet phase where all she's eating is crumpets- plain of course.
She doesn't even like juice! Or cake!
I just tell myself she's happy, hitting milestones and she's a cheap feed.
Platters are also great at that age.
30-03-2016 06:52 #37
My only other suggestions are:
- make a lunch pack and let them pick at it when driving. Some kids eat best when there's nothing else to do
- eat with other kids, it can encourage them
- my kids often steal my food while sitting on my lap while eating.
30-03-2016 07:09 #38
Help! I'm at my wits end!
After telling me he wasn't hungry because he has had lots of food - not sure where he gets that idea as he hasn't eaten anything since 4pm yesterday afternoon and it was two small mouthfuls of milk and 1 piece of plain cooked penne pasta - he consented to a plain piece of bread for breakfast.
He has had one bite which after checking the floor and surrounding area he appears to have swallowed (and yes he frequently bites food, chews it and spits it out). He is now tearing the bread in to tiny pieces.
I am taking deep breaths, drinking coffee and eating my own breakfast. We always eat with him no matter the time of day!
@Wise Enough suggestion about a lunch box in the car is a good one. I always take food in the car - I have a stainless steel lunch box with 4 sections so I can offer a variety. Sometimes he will ask for food and sometimes he will even eat it - not just throw it around the car 😏
30-03-2016 07:12 #39
Oh I just wanted to add I totally get your frustration with them liking something and then not. DD1 would say oh I like bananas/apples/watermelon, eat them once so I would get excited and I would buy them and they would rot in my fruit bowl.
A couple of months ago out of the blue she asked for some bolognaise we were eating, and she smashed a massive bowl. I was so happy- meat! Veggies! I was in shock I froze a batch in toddler size portions- she then ate it once more and then refused after that. I think when their bodies really need something then maybe they will eat that to top them up so to speak (in my completely unqualified opinion) and then never again.
It's the wastage that upsets me more than anything.
30-03-2016 07:15 #40Senior Member
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