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    Default Alternative dinners

    If you had/have a fussy eater, at what age did you stop offering alternatives for your child to eat.

    I have previously been offering DD1 dinner as well as things I know she likes. Tonight she refused to even try her dinner and I'm at my limit (on more than one thing). So I said that was it. Nothing else to eat unless she ate her dinner. She's upset and I feel like a terrible parent.

    (She's 2)

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    I've been wondering this too.
    DS won't eat any meat other than fish or something made with mince so I regularly cook him something and then whatever we're having.
    Sometimes he won't eat anything.

    Is your DD at daycare @Mamasupial ? I asked daycare how he eats there and apparently he eats everything! Apparently he loves chicken stir fry! Yet at home if a piece of chicken gets in his mouth he fishes it out!
    So I'm not sure.
    I'll be interested to see what others say.

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    I've never made alternate dinners. Eat what's being served up, or don't eat. I do make sure that I'm not expecting too much, my son doesn't like cooked carrot, so I keep some out for him to have raw with his dinner ect. But from 6 months, when they start eating, it's just whatever we're having.

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    She apparently eats well at childcare.

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    We had weight issues and failure to thrive which is why I always offered alternatives.

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    Childcare did suggest to me that with all the food they have, DS may just not be hungry at dinner time. I'm our case that might be true sometimes

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGooch View Post
    Childcare did suggest to me that with all the food they have, DS may just not be hungry at dinner time. I'm our case that might be true sometimes
    Yea... Though it doesn't matter if it's a childcare day or not here. Still the same.

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    I didn't do alternative meals but also didn't have failure to thrive/weight issues so I think that makes a big difference. Can you offer alternatives to your DD until her weight is stable within an appropriate range and then stop slowly - like only every second night make an alternative? Just to start and set the scene for future years but no to take away the option if her weight dictates the need.

    In our situation DD was using food as power - she had no allergies, no weight issues, just flat out being fussy. At 4 we took her to the paediatrician who said just put enough on her plate that was appropriate for her age and only a bit size piece of things she didn't like. She had to eat the bit size though to get anything else. She's still fussy but not as painful as before.

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    I'm not a Mum yet but I've heard really good reviews on the book nourish without nagging by Dr Brett Hill. He is a chiropractor and focuses on healthy eating. He does follow the Paleo diet but I think his book just focuses on healthy clean eating/ whole foods and how to get your kids to want to eat healthy.

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    I might get flamed for this but in my experience dinner is overrated and the least important meal of the day for a toddler, mainly due to tiredness and being over it by then. I up the protein and trying new things at brekky and lunch followed by a huge meal at about 4pm. Dinner i dont fight the battle. Ps i don't have a fussy eater, just 3 who are often too tired for a big dinner. That was just my experience when they were toddlers.

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