Posted in Child's Health, Food & Cooking, Nutrition, Toddlers

Meal time 🥺😭😩

So it happened again I made my 15-month-old a nice chicken cutlet dinner with vegetables and she had one piece and considered herself full. I honestly don’t know how she makes it through the day, she lives on milk. yes I know it might be teething but I’m wondering do your one-year-old eat a healthy amount or are you too just getting by on whole milk??!! Also whenever I do cook her a nice dinner I’m constantly getting nagged by her to pay attention to her or if she’s crying. I get so stressed out during dinner time does anyone have any helpful tips?

  • PK
    Mar 26

    So dinner time has been a pain the butt for as long as I can remember. And I think it’s very common for toddlers. We were advised to try to make breakfast, snacks and lunch the most nutritious. I don’t have any other tips since we struggle too and I get stressed out. My son doesn’t eat a ton. He’s definitely on the smaller end but the dr isn’t worried so I try not to worry or overthink it.

  • B
    Mar 26

    The more we distract our daughter while eating the longer she will stay and eat. So mealtimes are now the times where we read tons of books.

  • Anonymous
    Mar 26

    Maybe she's getting full on milk? Or she is eating snacks too close to dinner. Or she knows if she refuses dinner she will get more milk or something else to eat. When my son was that age I usually had to give him food in stages, so fruit came last because he liked it most, so if you are giving milk with dinner, maybe only offer water so she doesn't fill up on liquid. Otherwise if she's eating at other times and not losing weight she is fine. And she has no idea you put time and effort in to dinner so she should eat it. My 3 year old still pretty much rejects dinner, but eats breakfast, snacks/ lunch and another snack, and pretty much only drinks water.

  • K
    Mar 26

    I am going to sound really annoying and I apologize for it, but something might help. My twin girls are almost 17 mths, I also have a 4 year old son. They are all great eaters. We are vegetarians, so their diet is heavy on greens, beans and grains. They were all exclusively breastfed, so no milk in a bottle or cup. My son only drinks chocolate almond milk occasionally. I just make sure that they have a fat, a protein and fruit or grain at each meal. It’s ok if she doesn’t eat but one bite at a meal, she will eat what she needs when she needs it. Cows milk is very filling and fulfills her protein/fat per day in only 1-2 servings. Continue to make your awesome meals, offer them, eat yours at the same time and keep whatever she doesn’t eat for the next days lunch. Offer her food that’s fun to eat, unfortunately it’s usually the messiest, like spaghetti. Also consider the time you feed her. It’s just like sleep, if you miss the mark they can just become too fussy to be calm and enjoy their time at the table. Good luck!!

  • K
    Mar 26

    Forgot to also recommend following kids.eat.in.color on Instagram. She is a dietician that shares her beliefs and practices. She answers questions each week. (Non vegetarian just in case you were wondering). She has posted some great advice for how to handle food battles.

  • Danielle
    Mar 26

    My daughter is also 17 months and I was listening to a podcast about picky eaters recently where they shared some good info. They stated that kids this age still sometimes fill up on 1 big meal so if your daughter eats a big, nutritious breakfast or lunch she may just not be super hungry at dinner. They mentioned making sure snacks aren’t too big, frequent or close to meal time and also shared a mantra I found super helpful and reassuring- we control what and when our babies eat and they control how much.

  • Elizabeth
    Mar 26

    Thank you ladies!

  • Victoria
    Mar 26

    My 16 month old use to be a good eater but lately all she wants is FRUIT! She doesn’t drink much but does nurse 4 times a day. She has never liked meats but I was ok with it as long as she ate eggs and beans. Every once in a while she will eat a starch like noodles and potatoes. But she has sworn off vegetables. & she would eat snacks like goldfish but we don’t give her much of it.

  • Suzy
    Mar 27

    We offered our daughter the purées when she was teething. Store bought, nothing fancy. We get WIC and used those. Pulled a corner back and stuck in a straw, she’d suck it down like a smoothie, which is what we called them, “smoothies”. It’d be gone in a couple mins and she was happy and back to playing. Worked great for us, hope it helps! (I held it, she made a mess the couple times I let her try.)

  • Lily
    Mar 27

    Dinner time is so hard!!! It is still hard. I let my 18 month old play in the sink while I cook dinner if she is being annoying. If you want her to eat dinner you have to make sure she isn't sanking too close to dinner. Also don't let her have sanks or anything but what you made for dinner after if she wants more to eat. She will learn to eat what you made

  • Daniela
    Mar 28

    If your baby is teething it definitely alters how much they eat. That’s probably why she wants to drink milk instead. My son is a very good eater but when he’s teething, especially this last time all he wanted was soft foods that were not hard to chew. In regards to cooking dinner. It’s tough to cook with them around. Several things that have worked for me is giving him light snacks like blueberries or applesauce as soon as I start cooking. It usually takes me an hour to cook and by the time I’m done, my son is ready to eat a big meal. My husband also is a huge help at distracting my baby so that I can cook peacefully. The other option is to have a cabinet just for her. I have one where my son can pull out bowls and spoons and play next to me while I’m cooking. Hope this helps you!