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Extremely Picky Eater!

My 2yr old never wants to eat anymore, it doesn’t matter what I offer, in what way or quantity. I swear this boy is literally surviving on milk & air! A friend suggested I stop giving him milk since it’s pretty much all he’ll take. Out of concern, we began giving him protein drinks for kids, mixed with his milk and now food is completely out of the question. I know all toddlers go through this face but mine seems more like a lifestyle at this point. Is anyone else going or has gone through a similar situation and if so, any suggestions, opinions or pointers that I could try to make this little guy eat a little more??? Side note: Dr says as long as his growth & development continues to strive, I shouldn’t worry too much but does anyone else feel bad sitting there eating dinner while your toddler simply doesn’t wanna eat one bite?!

  • Toni
    Jan 24

    Can you try smoothies? Or freeze the smoothies and give it to him like an Italian ice cup? I hide kale, beets and spinach in smoothies when my three year old is refusing to eat.

  • Marisa
    Jan 24

    Yup! My 2 yo is almost 3. She wasn’t a picky eater at all up until then. She still would rather just drink milk. The pediatrician said the same thing. No reason to worry until they stop thriving. We continue to offer her foods she normally would eat. It’s always hit or miss. Sometimes she just eats Goldfish and ketchup. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Anonymous
    Jan 24

    Omg you are just describing me and my daughter.Some time I feel really guilty eating Infront of her.she doesn’t even try anything.Her meal times are making me really anxious.I really don’t have any advice for but you are not alone in this.I hope it’s just a phase.Hoping you get some solution soon.❤️

  • T
    Jan 24

    My kids won’t starve themselves. I serve dinner and that’s it. If we are up a couple of hours past dinner, they can have a light snack of something apples and peanut butter or toast and cream cheese. If they are getting super picky about food, I take them out to the park and make them run a bit. Get them really, really tired and they will pretty much eat anything. Other than that, I say nothing about what they do or don’t eat. No encouragement, no praise, no nothing. It’s my job to offer a variety of healthy foods and it’s their job to eat what they want and how much.

  • MommyDear
    Jan 24

    This is all very helpful, thank you everyone. I will definitely try some of these ideas. Thank you all for sharing, here’s to hoping he gets out of this phase...soon! 😬

  • Monda
    Jan 24

    Just wanna day your not alone!! I have an extremely picky 24 month old son and lately it’s been terrible as soon as I put him on his high chair and bring his tray he says done and he won’t even look at the food!! Some one mentioned smoothie and I have not tried them but I will be very soon someone once told me they pineapples and apples make a huge difference in smoothies! Also I try distracting him and sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t!!

  • Lindsey
    Jan 24

    Exactly!!! My son just turned two and never has been an eater. He snacks every now and then but he mostly just wants to nurse. It is so frustrating, I make different stuff and try all kinds of things. My doctor says the same thing and in my heart I know he is ok but it makes me worry too. My other two weren’t as picky as he is. I have no pointers I’m just in your situation too.😫

  • Christa
    Jan 24

    You may want to consider picking up the book “French Kids eat everything” from your library! I was starting to get a picky ish eater - my sons almost 1 and is an EATER. But was getting picky. The book helped me realize we as parents are the child’s food education. If we give something we don’t like and make the child aware that mom or dad don’t like this, it’s bound to cause them to revert to not wanting to even try it. Eating is enjoyable, and should be done without distractions. We aren’t short order cooks people- if they don’t like it or complain (they get seconds) and they need to try it at least once. - they don’t have to like it but they need to Taste it. Don’t bargain or reward with them. Try varieties of foods, and veggies. Make the food you’re eating fun and exciting to eat (oh my gosh this is yummy. You really should try one bite. You might really like it. ) The point is, kids aren’t going to starve themselves. Don’t try and hide other things in the food either (veggies for example into brownies) kids know! I would not give the protein smoothies honestly- since they are loaded on sugar, and no real substance. Sit down as a family and eat together. Show him, and educate him on food. We as parents are the sole educators on children’s food and how they understand and respect it. Maybe make him apart of making whatever meal it is. I have my 1 year old in the kitchen helping in EVERY meal! Making the child apart of what you’re making, makes them understand, and more comfortable with food. It gives him a stronger relationship with food. When your sons hungry he will eat! Guaranteed. Mine went through a phase, just a couple months ago, where food was not an option. He didn’t want to eat, and was wanting to rather throw it on the floor. So I figure - well it’s not a toy, so I’m not going to educate him to think that it is. I took it away, and didn’t give snacks that day, then at the next meal, he actually sat and ate politely, and signs at me “all done”. Make eating interesting, and fun. A family eating together is a big help too. Mine sometimes won’t eat if I don’t sit down and eat with him. There are a variety of things that could be contributing to him not wanting to eat. Just a thought!

  • Tiana
    Jan 25

    If you had a protein shake and then were expected to eat dinner afterwards, would you be able to do it? You’ve replaced his meals with a liquid substitute. Take out the protein drinks and lower the milk allowance and he’ll start eating again.

  • Jordon
    Jan 25

    My kid is the exact same way, milk and air!!! I just started trying pouches but he doesn’t always go for it. I let him choose which color he wants so that’s helping.

  • Jordon
    Jan 25

    Also my son loves the kodiak pancakes (I’m not sure where to find but positive they have at target)x they’re full of protein!!

  • Jordon
    Jan 25

    My son has been this way for almost a year now.. so definitely not a phase definitely seems like a lifestyle. But I gave him so much variety as a baby and he did good on solids when he first started but then my mother started babysitting and would only feed him snacks... and now here we are kid won’t even a banana. He will play with and talk about food and say delicious to anything but won’t even try it. Not frenchFrench fries or pizza or mac & cheese or chicken tenders nothing

  • Jordon
    Jan 25

    Kids stomachs are small, they don’t need much. And protein shakes are not bad even if they have a lot of sugar, if you are using fresh produce and other high quality ingredients then a smoothie is A MEAL REPLACER