Posted in Behavior, Food & Cooking, Tips & Hacks, Toddlers

Meal time with toddler

My 19 month old refuses most foods I give her, which I know is normal, but she refuses before she’s even tasted the food! What do I do? She’ll just grab whatever is on her plate and shred it and throw it on the floor, will not bring up to her lips at all. 😩

  • Monda
    Jan 21, 2019

    I’m dealing with the same thing right now with my 24 month old. Wish I could help but the one thing I do is I take away something he really likes and won’t play with him until he eats sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. I try to make his favorite meals, I try to give him choices so I’m the morning I ask do you want yogurt or oatmeal. But honestly I been failing miserably so not sure if what I said even helped

  • Anonymous
    Jan 21, 2019

    I know a lot of people will say this is terrible... but we use distraction. We use music first, then once he starts giving us trouble again we pull out small objects (pens, a spinning top, fake flower, whatever is on the table). He’s distracted enough that we can feed him. Some times he will start to pick things up himself. We tried the whole thing where we let our toddler feed himself/tell us when he’s done but he didn’t eat for 2 days straight except for milk. So we resorted to this. He’s a small guy too.. 11th percentile - we felt like we couldn’t let him do this even for a day. When he’s sick, it’s a different story and we do follow his cues. He’s doing a lot better and more willing to try stuff now as a 24 month old. When my MIL came to visit and saw our issue, she said that some kids see meal times as a chore so you just have to make it fun somehow.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 21, 2019

    I forgot to ask - does your toddler use utensils yet? There was a time period where my son stopped being picky because he was having so much fun using his fork.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 21, 2019

    We read books at dinner. The distraction really helps, and it’s fun for us too. I also make a big show of taking bites and saying how yummy they are. Sometimes works

  • Activemommy
    Jan 22, 2019

    Yes she uses utensils, It seems distraction is the way to go.

  • Activemommy
    Jan 22, 2019

    Thanks everyone!