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Real foods

My almost 2 year old won’t eat any kind of food that is like for a meal 🤦🏻‍♀️ he will eat junk all day long & cereal, but when it comes to mealtime he wants babyfood. I’ve even tried not giving it to him but I couldn’t let him starve & he refused to eat what we gave him. Any advice?

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06

    Sounds like he's not starving if he's snacking all day long. Maybe you need to redefine his snacks and leave out healthier options for him to snack on. What about oatmeal with fruit instead of cereal? He isn't going to starve if he's hungry enough. And honestly I had to limit the afternoon snacks, because when I let him snack a few hours before dinner he won't eat dinner, and tells me he doesn't like it, no matter what it is. What about a smoothie or soup if he likes soft food? You should try new things and let him decide if he wants it or not. He won't starve, but he also won't try new things if he knows you're going to give in.

  • Madison Mertz
    Dec 06

    He eats oatmeal and blueberries in the morning but he rarely snacks during the day. And he eats actual food while he’s at his babysitters, just not at home. He gets a small snack after lunch & dinner but that’s it.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 06

    Eliminate the snack so that he’s actually hungry during mealtime. And also, don’t provide another option, except maybe some veggies. It’s hard cuz we feel like we’re starving our babies but they’ll get the hint that they need to eat. And my pediatrician actually suggested this as well which made me happy cuz I was Not gonna be a short order cook! Lol

  • Bree
    Dec 07

    Have you tried smoothies you make together? Frozen fruit, banana, spinach, plain yogurt, milk/water/a little apple juice, and if you need a little more sweet you can add a little honey.

  • Madison Mertz
    Dec 07

    I haven’t yet but that’s a really good idea

  • Jessica
    Dec 07

    My toddler is the same way. She will sometimes eat dinner but is constantly snacking when at home. I dont know if she is so hungry from daycare or just wants the snacks. Following for ideas!

  • Anonymous
    Dec 07

    He isn’t going to starve. You are the parent. You set the tone of what and when food is served. He is not walking his little tushie to the store and buying junk. You’re giving it to him. Take the choice away and replace it with something you’d rather he ate.

  • Lulu
    Dec 07

    @Bree what kind of cup do you put smoothie in?