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    Default 2yo won’t eat dinner

    Hello wondering if anyone has any tips or words of wisdom. My 2yo has always loved food. He recently got too big for his highchair and was hating getting in and out so we moved him to a booster seat strapped to one of dining chairs. He hates the seatbelt and wiggles and cries and almost tips the chair over with the seatbelt on so he sits on it unrestrained, which means he’s constantly running away from the table. I think being restrained was also part of his issue with the original high chair.

    So because he’s not staying at the table, he’s barely eating. Most nights he’ll eat a couple of pieces of carrot and not even touch the other foods that are familiar to him that he’s been eating since he started solids.

    I said to my husband recently that we need to stop stressing about it and stop putting any pressure on him to eat because if he’s hungry, surely he’ll eat it. Other than being a pain to get to sleep (not crying or seeming distressed due to hunger, just wants to be sung to for an hour or more), he mostly sleeps through the night and is growing / developing normally. So I don’t think he necessarily needs that meal but it means he’s having afternoon tea at around 3-3:30pm then not eating until 7:30 the next morning (or later on weekends). Is this the right approach, to just let him do his thing? Or are we setting ourselves up for a world of pain as he gets older if we keep letting him leave the table and not showing that that isn’t the right behaviour?

    We eat dinner together every night with no TV on or devices.

    Please offer your words if wisdom!

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    Hi im no expert and i think its different for everyone and there is no right or wrong but i agree with the not forcing him to eat, if he was hungry he would eat and they say kids have phases were they just dont eat much.
    For me personally i think the main thing i try to focus on is just sitting at the table together for sometime, even if its just 5 m8ns and just eating something even if its a few bites, because they still get the idea of family meal times.
    An article I read suggested to just have them sit as long as they can/want to, then have an activity, toy or book on the floor near the table so they can play while you and partner finish your meal.
    My daughter also eats most of her food from 8am to 2pm and hardly has much after that so i just try to fill her up as much as i can during that time so i try t9 look at the food consumed over the whole day, not just a specific meal times.
    I think as he gets older it wont be a problem as he understands he sits at the table with you to start, eats something and then for me, its fine for them to ask to be excused earlier when they are finished. As a child i was forced to eat everything and stay at the table and i hated it so i just maonly want to focus on the whole 'sit down as a family and eat' rather than how much food and for how long.
    I do truly believe everyone has different appetites on different days. Sometimes i just have a piece of toast for tea coz im just not that hungry at dinner time so it seems totally reasonable for kids to be the same.
    Just my opinion though :-)
    Also think the younger they are, the harder it is to sit still for extended periods of time so at only 2 years old, i dont think he's old enough to have to sit for the same time as adults take to eat dinner.

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    Default 2yo won’t eat dinner

    Go checkout Baby & Toddler Mealtimes on fb/insta. Amazing advice from paediatric dietitian who specialises in fuzzy eaters (so common at this age).

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    So true @Yogis Mumma my dd has basically been existing on peas for the last week. Before that she'd eat as many bananas as id let her have in a day and jump up and down in excitement when offered one. Now she hates them. I checked out that site. Was good advice imo.

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