Susan in TN Posted July 7, 2008 Share Posted July 7, 2008 My 3.5yos is a picky eater and getting pickier. In the last 4-6 months he has begun to refuse foods he used to eat regularly to the point that I know he's just not getting the nutrition he needs. In general, pickiness doesn't bother us much, but he's getting to an extreme point. Breakfast and lunches are usually not a problem; we have a fairly boring menu for those meals and he'll usually at least eat some of it. Dinner is the main issue, so for the past week, we've been insisting that he not leave the table until he takes at least one bite of dinner. If he hasn't eaten before 7pm, he has to go straight to bed, no snack, no toys, etc. I've been purposely making food that is tolerable and that he would eat a year ago (no liver and onions) but just not on his current eating list. Well, he's gone to bed hungry every night for a week, except one night when he ate 1/4 strand of spaghetti. I know he's hungry. He's begging for waffles with cream cheese and telling us he's hungry. So my question is, how long do we keep this up? It doesn't bother me except that if he's not actually learning to eat his dinner, it seems kind of pointless. Is there another route we should try intead? I've considered bringing out his dinner for breakfast, but I honestly don't know if he'd get the connection (he doesn't communicate very well, so it's hard for me to tell.) Or should we go with dh's preference which is to just feed him Dino Nuggets from Sam's Club or waffles with cream cheese for every meal until he's older and we can communicate with him better? (On a positive note, at lunch today he took a bite of his banana which normally would have been refused. :)) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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