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Lunchtime with a toddler

I’ve got an almost two year old who decided he’s only going to eat hotdogs and Mac & Cheese. I really don’t like giving him foods with such low nutritional value but my husband says it’s better than not eating anything. (This is just for lunch time.) Thoughts?

  • KammyV
    Aug 28, 2018

    What does he eat for breakfast, dinner and snacks?

  • Kristin
    Aug 28, 2018

    I’ve been there! 😄 these things are usually a phase, and hopefully he will branch out soon. In the meantime, keep offering him other foods (especially ones he usually likes). Good luck mama!

  • Victoria
    Aug 28, 2018

    I know !! I feel you. My daughter only eats Mac and cheese and apples. I’d offer him other things with the food he likes. That way he’s exposed to different food but still has something he’ll eat.

  • Kendra
    Aug 28, 2018

    Corn dogs; sausage pancake in dog form from Walmart! Maybe the shape will confuse him and he will try it instead of automatically disregarding it!

  • Anonymous
    Aug 28, 2018

    I've hit this wall a lot, I made up a weekly and easy 5 day menu that ensures he's eating something different regularly. Eliminate snacking to ensure he's not full, and no substitutions. If he doesn't eat then he doesn't eat. That usually solves my problem... Until he goes to Grandma's house and fills up on cookies lol

  • Flor
    Aug 28, 2018

    I have done bean pasta instead of pasta. Good Earth in Fairfax has different kind. Good luck

  • April
    Aug 29, 2018

    He has water with scribbles and toast that he Might eat if I’m not looking and they seem out of range. Then when I have cereal he steals about half 😂. I made rosemary quinoa with a side of cheddar broccoli and he didn’t even try it. Im thinking it might just be a color thing. I tried to get him to eat some dinner tonight with no avail. I guess I’ll just have to stick with things that look like Mac n cheese 😄

  • Salina
    Aug 29, 2018

    Try steaming carrots with a bit of meat seasoning, wrap in an organic pasty and bake. OR, a veggie based hot dog/sausage (non-soy) wrapped in an organic pasty then bake. I’ve tried both and my 16 month old loves it.

  • Kellie
    Aug 29, 2018

    I'd recommend having him eat what you eat including one thing he likes at each meal. You decide what healthy food to serve and he decides whether and how much to eat. Unless he is the rare case of having a sensory / food issue disorder he will not starve himself. Ellyn Satter has a great website and book on getting kids to eat well and she's really well regarded by pediatricians. It's been a really great method for us! https://www.ellynsatterinstitute.org/how-to-feed/the-division-of-responsibility-in-feeding/

  • April
    Aug 30, 2018

    Thank you everyone!