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Food rejecting 23 month old

Our 23 month old, who used to eat often and a variety (fruits/ veggies, applesauce, yogurt, rice, meat) has started slowing down and now won’t eat much from any offering and now won’t eat dinner at all we sit together at night). Not sure if it’s from our resent move (new to Orange) or change of his usual environment (our Aunt who helped care for him while we are at work is no longer with us) or teething? Should we take away things for him to eat? Send him to bed? Time out? Keep offering? When feed he cries and spits all back out.

  • Zonasha
    Feb 07

    Side note: I’m expecting again and I’m very anxious about his feelings when the new baby arrives. I don’t want to negativity affect him.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Feb 08

    https://zerotofive.net/parenting/is-your-toddler-eating-enough/. This might help a little (“between ages 2 and 5 kids need less food”). I bet it’s a combination of the things you’ve listed and what I just mentioned. I would keep offering choices, all choices you are happy with, but let him pick what he wants and eat that. He will figure it out. Don’t force him. Let him eat when he’s hungry. I have three kids four and under, and don’t really make them eat with us. They’re usually hungry by 4 pm, so I feed them Then to avoid -hopefully- the crazy dinner hour chaos. Don’t make meals a battle. Don’t punish him for not eating. Just show him these are your choices, they are here when you are ready but the choices aren’t changing.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Feb 08

    Also, don’t worry too much about the new baby. Just do your best to give the older one individual attention during naps and even during baby feedings. It’ll mean chores don’t get done, but that’s okay. It’s survival mode those first few months to keep everyone emotionally secure.

  • Cris
    Feb 10

    My son will be 2 at the end of this month. The last couple of months his eating habits has drastically changed. He would eat just about anything I would offer him before but now he is very picky. He will basically eat cheese, crackers, and fruit all day long if I let him. When we sit down at the dinner table he wants out of his high chair within 10 mins. What works with us is I feed him when he is distracted. Whether that is playing with his puzzles or watching a show.

  • Zonasha
    Feb 28

    Moms, Thanks so much I was feeling very defeated and overwhelmed. He was not a picky eater before but has slowed down so much it scared me. @MamanukeYopolo, thanks for the advise, I don’t want to make meal times a battle at all. And regarding 2nd baby, your right things will be left undone. @Cris, thanks for the mine does the same thing. I thought we were doing something good by establishing a “dinner time” but it’s not working out. I’ll check back in to see how things go.