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Marilyn posted in Behavior Oct 06

Picky Eater

My soon to be 2 year old son is by far one of the pickiest kids alive. And i say that because my other 2 kids will eat the dirt from outside if they could. He’s a pigeon eater as i like to call it. Kid survives on a meal a day and snacks 🤦🏽‍♀️ I’ve been looking into like pediasure and things of that nature. Any suggestions, recommendations even words of encouragement will work at this point

  • JEaton
    Oct 07

    My 2.5 year old has become very picky and I brought it up to my pediatrician because I was debating starting a multivitamin. He told me my son sounded just like his daughter who lived on goldfish, chicken nuggets, and macaroni and cheese for years (without a multivitamin). Since my son is developing and continuing to gain weight normally, he isn't concerned. So, neither am I. I just do ... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 07

    What kind of snacks is he eating? If you are leaving food out all the time then he has no reason to be hungry at meal times. If you stick to serving the same meals to him and don't offer new foods here will never try new things because he won't have the chance. For about a month now I've been putting 1 or 2 carrots in my 3 yo lunch box once in a while. It has always been there u... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Sep 17

How long does it take your kids to eat dinner?

My almost 21 month old kiddo takes more than an hour to eat, every single day. She sits for good 15-30 minutes and then walks around or reads and one of us have to feed her. It just delays the bath and bed time. Just wondering how long other kiddos take..... we do family style dinner everyday.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 18

    Anonymous 1: ya we kinda passed on the booster seat, so hard to keep her contained. We are working on spacing out her last snack and dinner.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 18

    Anonymous 2: ya we are working on her knowing if she is full or not. I guess it’s hard as we wanna make sure she is full for the night and not go hungry, hence the feeding her part. The thing is she keeps eating if u keep feeding her so not sure she is still hungry or she eating cuz she is getting bites. Maybe, we’ll just try a few days of her feeding her self and then stop. She does eat and ta... More

C posted in Behavior Sep 16

13 mos old suddenly refusing solid food. Huh?

A few months ago he was adventurous and curious to try all solids. He even had some favorites. That progressed nicely until just this past week or so, when his tastes regressed out of the blue. He won't even try foods that need fingers, utensils, bowls, or plates. Not even purée, unless I mix it with his milk/formula in a sippy cup. Two questions. What's going on here? And how do I get... More

  • Anonymous
    Sep 16

    My daughter did this for almost 2 weeks to the point I was nervous she wasn’t getting enough food at all. It was just a phase and now she’s back to normal trying everything. I will say her tastes have become a bit pickier though.

  • Winifred Zhou
    Sep 16

    Agree with answers above about teething, involve him in the making of food, be creative with how food presented(cute food display maybe), he might want to eat food that he helped prepare.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Sep 04

Hi does anyone have any tips of tricks on dealing with an extremely picky eater?

My son is so picky he’d rather starve and he really hasn’t gained much weight because of this! Anyone have any tips or tricks? Thanks.

  • PK
    Sep 06

    How old is your son? We have used distraction methods (toys, books, music) to help get our son to try stuff. And then once he realized it was yummy then he would pick it up himself (some times!) Also.. if your son is old enough to use a fork or food-pick to eat with, sometimes that can be fun for them too. Eat with him. Eat off the same plate as him. What is your son’s feeding schedule? Does ... More

What are your kids' favorite (pre)school lunches

My oldest is headed to preschool Tuesday and I am scrambling to figure out lunches. What are your kids' favorite packed, no-need-to-heat again, no-nut lunches? For context, we are no added sugar, prefer to avoid processed foods eaters. Even though we've tried sandwiches, my son dissects them and only eats the bread. 🤦🏻‍♀️ In an attempt to be prepared for anything that works, I'v... More

  • Suz
    Sep 07

    Lower sodium corn and flax chips with hummus (homemade or store bought), pea crisps or cucumbers with ranch, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit salad.

  • Natasha
    Sep 07

    What about cold cuts. Hummus and pretzels. Cheese and deli style meats

My baby won’t eat. She is 16 months old

I don’t know why she is not eating properly nowadays. She was a good eater until 15 months. And now she loves to eat snacks rather food. I am worried she will lose weight if this thing continues. What should I do?

  • Anonymous
    Aug 05

    Limit the snacks, and milk for an hour or more before meal times so they are hungry, otherwise they will be full on snacks. And offer milk or water after dinner. These are things I still do with my 3 yo. But they eat when they are hungry, and some weeks will be less food than other weeks. Toddlers are busy, too busy to stop and focus on things, but they do eat when they are hungry.

  • Jenn
    Aug 05

    My LO doesn't eat well when she is teething. During those times, she only will really eat snacks or preferred foods. Try making her smoothies with fruits and veggies to get those nutrients and see if it gets better soon.

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Aug 03

Hand, foot, and mouth foods

Hi! What are foods to give when a child has Hand, Foot, and mouth?

Constipation: any pediatric nutritionists on here?? (Also welcome googlers and avid researchers)!

Hi all. I feel like most of my personal posts on Winnie are about constipation. My daughter is about to turn 2 and is always on the brink of constipation, or so it seems. She gets a daily probiotic, I limit her milk consumption, and she eats fruits, veggies, etc. I limit her “binding” foods (bananas, rice, etc), she drinks plenty of water. But she daily has hard poops, sometimes followed later... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 10

    Does your daughter like grapes? My daughter will go a few times a day when she eats them. Mango also helps.

  • Melissa Harmon
    Aug 25

    Does your daughter have a food allergy? Try taking her off of gluten-based bread items and lactose-milks for a week and see if her bowels improve. In that time, replace her milk with fruit and veggie smoothies, and see how that works. Also is she a fast eater? does she fill her mouth with food before swallowing? You might need to limit portion sizes, cut everything up super small and give her s... More

Jackie posted in Behavior Jul 27

Suddenly Picky eater

My LO just turned 13mo and has decided not to eat any meat/protein except for hotdogs!! Ugh it gets to be so frustrating. I don’t know what to do. Also, she’s not up for new fruits or veggies. We recently tried fresh pears, plums and mangos all of which she kept spitting out. I just don’t know what else to do. With the fruits/veggies I can still give her baby food pouches but for meats I’m at... More

  • Liza M.
    Jul 30

    Will your LO drink a smoothie? Doesn't have to be very cold...but milk or yogurt (there are TONS of ideas online if you want them) is a great source of protein plus you can add all kinds of fruits and/or veggies in it. You can also add boosters like chia or flax or avocado-even peanut butter if you are comfortable. Making a big deal about the smoothie cup and straw is a fun thing too. My LO... More

  • anonymous mom
    Aug 07

    If you’re on instagram check out!! She’s a pediatric dietitian with two kids and a lot of great advice. The short version is that this is very normal behavior. Keep offering and eventually she will start eating it again. My daughter just ended a 4 month green bean strike 😂😂

Lunch Gear for preschoolers

hi, pls can I get bowl recommendations that are microwavable for new preschoolers to take to school for lunch. thank u

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jul 24

Breakfast ideas

My two children eat the same things for breakfast. We rotate between eggs, oatmeal and healthy waffles (homemade and then freezer stored) with nut butter. We save our fruit and veggie smoothies for later in the day. My older one will eat some fruit with breakfast but my younger child is not a fan, occasionally eating a banana. Just looking for some easy and nutritious ideas to add to this borin... More

  • Kieli
    Jul 25

    My daughter loves oatmeal. You also could do plain bagels with nut butter, banana pancakes, you could also home make muffins with fruit in them

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Jul 25

    Pancakes with fruit on top Baked chocolate chip oatmeal cups Homemade fruit Muffins (let them help) maybe do a variety of fruit. Banana, blueberry and strawberry? Smoothie bowls Cheerios with berries Eggs, sausage and toast (switch the eggs up between hard boiled or scrambled and fried.) You can even do egg cups (put eggs in muffin tin) and put in green or red peppers, mushrooms or whichever ... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jul 18

Food ideas

My LO’s birthday is coming up and I’m trying to plan food. We are having birthday at a playground - no grilling allowed. Need easy, not a ton of prep involved, cold food ideas for 40 that will last a few hours. Also, I don’t mind buying already prepared items - we were going to get large pizzas from our favorite pizza place. What did you all have? Ideas online tend to be way to much work and I... More

Best Amazon Prime Day deals... go!

This article has some good ones... the Instant Pot is an amazing deal but I already have one! I just bought the crest whitestrips 😃

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jul 12

23 month old daughter stop eating and drinking milk and water.

23 month old daughter stop eating and drinking milk and water. I know she’s hungry cause she checks out the food I give her. I think it’s her teeth that’s bothering her. How long is this phase going to be? She’s a picky eater but she can eat when she eats but the couple of days/weeks, it’s been terrible. I think she loss some weight. Help! Any suggestions? Thinking of blending some chicken... More

  • Anonymous
    Jul 13

    Thank you ladies! Laura, I apologize I exaggerated the water intake. She sips not drink. I have to remind and somewhat bribe her to drink water. Jenn, I have been thinking about the Tylenol a lot lately. Worst comes to worst I’m gonna have to try it. Don’t they get groggy or sleepy when they take it? She ate good at dinner time. Thank goodness. Tomorrow is another battle lol. I wish the te... More

  • Jenn
    Jul 13

    Mine hasn't been tired or groggy when I give it to her. In fact, she is usually more lively because there is no longer the teething pain.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jul 07

Baby oatmeal

My daughter just turned 11m. I still feed her infant oatmeal for breakfast every morning mixed with a purée of sorts for flavor. Does anyone else still do this? I also feed her whatever I’m eating too when she’s done. I guess I am not sure if she’s supposed to still be having it?

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jul 10

    It’s fine, but it’s definitely cheaper to do adult oatmeal if you want. You could ever still use a food processor to chop it up.

  • Mariah
    Aug 01

    If your baby still wants it, I say give it to him. It’s still healthy for him, just maybe give some soft bits of fruit in it like banana.

Whole Milk for 1 year old

FTM, I was wondering is it okay to warm the milk for my son and if so, how long?

  • Jess
    Jul 11

    My dad is 65 and still drinks warm milk. So I think it’s fine for as long as you want to spend your time doing it.

  • anonymous mom
    Jul 15

    My daughter loves her milk nice and warm. I either microwave a bowl of milk till the water is hot then set her sippy cup in there or I use the bottle warmer. I think it’s fine and it’s very soothing.

A posted in Food & Cooking Jun 29

Picky Eater

Anyone have a picky eater who you were able to turn around? Is it even possible? What did you do?

  • Vicki
    Jul 01

    I think for the most part when they first start eating solids everything is new and tasty so they eat everything. Then as they get to a point where there “know” what’s really yummy and they are able to voice their preferences, they get picky. Also, I read somewhere that their ability to determine between good and bad smells doesn’t develop until after 2yo, and smell affects taste so that might ... More

  • Anonymous
    Jul 01

    My son is defintely picky but I only offer what I make for dinner and if he doesn’t choose to eat then he doesn’t choose to eat. I felt bad at first but at daycare they make one lunch and literally don’t have other options, so if he doesn’t like it, he doesn’t eat. I made same apply at home. I feel like he’s gotten better now because of that, especially when he’s really hungry! It also helps th... More

Help my LO is such a picky eater she takes no more than two bites of food IF THAT then she stops

How do I get her to eat? She also just completely weaned herself off of nursing cold turkey.

  • PK
    Jul 01

    Will she take a bottle? Can you offer formula? I was an exclusive pumper but I dried out and we ran out of breast milk in the freezer at 10 months. I contacted our pediatrician and she advised us to do formula until 1 and then we could switch to cows milk. But my son was also on the smaller side - like 15-20th percentile range. Maybe call your pediatrician’s office to see what they suggest...... More

  • Orid ivan
    Aug 10

    Don't worry, its simple don't let undernutrition get your baby, Get the food the child likes add more milk, actually make porridge from corn flour using milk instead of water and add the York of a boiled egg. Actually the recipes are many will post one day

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jun 21

Struggling with dinner ideas for my 1 1/2 year old

Working mom. I run a kitchen so after cooking all day, trying to figure out what to feed him is overwhelming. Trying to get out of the chicken nuggets for dinner rut. What is your go to easy dinner meal?

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Jun 22

    Salami is also a good one too. My son loves it! Make a little finger platter, that would probably be a hit! Put some kid toothpicks in it (amazon) and use the shape cutters to cut the cheese and meats! Add some Turkey, ham, pepperoni and salami. American and maybe provolone cheese or whatever. Add some cucumbers and fruit?

  • Anonymous
    Jun 26

    All great ideas. Thanks for your help I needed to switch it up a bit! We had hot dogs and sweet potato fries last night and we're doing macaroni wuth ground beef tonight

Danielle posted in Babies Jun 19


Hi, I have an almost 11 month olds baby who doesn’t drink a lot of water and I’m trying to get him to drink more water to prevent dehydration. I tried apple juice mixed with water but he wouldn’t take it unless there’s a lot of apple juice in it. Any suggestions?

  • Jackie
    Jun 22

    It isn’t too early to start using a sippy cup. Better to start now so when he turns one (and converts to cows milk) you won’t be struggling (like you are now) to get him to be drinking water. It’s not like magically at one they know how to use a sippy cup. My LO will be one in 3 days and I introduced a sippy cup of water around 10 months. Yea she didn’t seem interested in it but now she’s star... More

  • Orid ivan
    Aug 10

    Nothing to worry if the baby takes in most liquid foods then its OK. If not then always include a liquid food in the meals at all times. Avoid packed juices make organic juice from fruits and then u add or water and no artificial sweetener

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