My 20 month old won't eat.
Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:47 PM
I am beyond frustrated and a bit stressed about his nutrition. The even more frustrating thing is according to his grandparents he is a fantastic eater with them. Food they give him he spits out at me. I make stuff I know he loves, like tonight it was pasta that he loves. I have been here for over an hour for 5 mouthfuls. 5!! He is such a lovely boy but this is so frustrating. Especially considering he will be up at 2 for a bottle cause he didn't eat his bloody dinner!!!
Does anyone have any suggestions? I am (as you can probably hear) very much over it.
It doesn't help that I am pregnant, cooking makes me vomit, exhausted and hubby is away with work.
Posted 15 February 2014 - 08:00 PM
Can you offer him a glass of milk before bed (well away from dinner time) to keep him full through the night?
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 09:26 PM
I've had a few friends with kids who are still having overnight milk at nearly 2 (or even after 2) and they are all poor eaters. I know you probably worry about him not getting enough calories but can you just give milk before bed (and in the morning if you wish, we do a cup morning and night still) and just give water overnight. It's likely the fact he knows he is going to get milk if he wakes up hungry is reinforcing the bad dinner habits.
My only other suggestion (which you may have already tried) is to get him involved in the cooking. DD is much more willing to try meals if she has helped cook them. She loves cooking and is happy to help make all sorts of things. She often helps make our dinner too (we don't always eat the same meals) and will ask to try it and quite often discovers something she likes. In general she is a good eater so I don't have the issues you do, but we still have mealtime battles. I think it's a power struggle thing at that age. she will often refuse to eat something she loves just because she can.
I usually just try to make sure she has eaten at least something and then tell her she can stop eating if she wants. If you stop fighting them they often start eating of their own accord. Dinner times can suck though, tired toddlers are not fun!
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 10:36 PM
I find giving some milk before bed helps. She still sometimes wakes in the very early morning but usually goes back to sleep. Sometimes we have give her milk though.
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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:53 PM
He is actually quite tall for his age but just very skinny!
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