When Kids Don’t Eat

I know this is just a stage, but it is a crappy stage nonetheless. And we’re in it:

 mouth force field

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51 Responses to When Kids Don’t Eat

  1. Heehee, that stage is adorable to non-parents 🙂

  2. Once again, I have to ponder why IV feeding of children has not caught on.

  3. C says:

    O my…..we are going through the same thing right now. I completely understand. Ugh.

  4. C says:

    O my…we are going through the same thing rit now. I completely understand. Ugh.

  5. TCChallenges says:

    WE UNDERSTAND! Been there!

  6. Mary says:

    Time to lay down the tarp and bring out the garden hose!

    At least it makes for good pictures. 🙂

  7. Most of the mom’s are experiencing that kind of situation of having difficulties when it comes to feeding their children. When I was in that situation I’ll always find a technique like “this food makes them beautiful” or “this food makes them smart”.

  8. hillary says:

    I am reading that book about how French kids are better eat everything, and it says that French parents don’t let toddlers get all messy and just take the food away so they are hungrier the next time. I haven’t decided if that is a good idea or not. My first daughter spent months coated with yogurt from head to toe. My second one might not be so gross lucky.

    • cmrand says:

      I have tried this idea of taking away the food they don’t eat. It leaves my darling child quite crabby until the next eating opportunity and so, I am the punished one. Still working on this, but he’s getting better. Mustering all patience!!:)

      • Murphy says:

        I am also “the punished one”! My mom and my husband say, “Don’t try so hard! She’ll get hungry eventually.” Guess what? She’s already hungry! And cranky! And won’t shut up about it! And she’s trying to hold out for chocolate! And I am going nuts!

        • Sarah F says:

          We do this sometimes. We slide the plate away, and if they start wining, I ask what’s wrong. Oh, you wanted to eat that? Okay then, eat it! 🙂 That usually works. If not, the dog licks them clean afterwards.

  9. Angie says:

    It’s like an episode of Fear Factor at our house when trying to eat anything other than hot dogs and string cheese.

  10. We always found that the force field was de-activated by a generous side of ketchup on the plate.

  11. I never thought of it as a force field over the mouth, but that makes sense….

  12. Ruth says:

    I used to put a small amount of food in each space in a ice cube tray. My girls loved it! Cubes of cheese and meat, broccoli trees, two kinds of dip, nuts, pickles, cooked pasta in shapes, etc

  13. I never know when Baguette is going to eat her squeezy fruit, or just squeeze it.

  14. Melli says:

    My darling lil man is going through this stage now too…..
    Breathe….I am sure he will eat again

  15. Heather Stevens says:

    My son is in this stage now. It is really frustrating, especially when the Dr tells me to “just be patient and try new foods” and “not to force him, he’ll eat when he’s ready.” ugh!

  16. Our now-2 year old is finally doing this (darn, I thought we’d passed thru unnoticed, unscathed). The only difference is that one particular food will sometimes make it thru said forcefield without notice nor pattern (peeled tomatoes, a scoop of butter, or any food but ONLY with a particular fork). Yeah.

  17. Heidi S. says:

    Sometimes I feel like my boys are just living on air. Then all of sudden they’ll eat a huge meal of some random thing I never dreamed they’d even try!

  18. Are you gritting your teeth? I remember those days…my sympathies…

  19. Megan S says:

    Ugh! My son went thru this from 3yo-4yo and drove me batty. He ate everything and anything until then, and suddenly “I no wike it.”. Just turning 4yo and he’s gradually eating more, but sometimes only licking as if he’s a runway model. Hugs to us all!

  20. Jenn says:

    Sometimes I feel like I’d have better luck feeding my two little girls if I had them stand in front of their chairs at the table with their mouths wide open and I just threw the food at them and had the “let’s see what makes it into their mouths” approach becuase more than 90% of the food I make ends up either on their clothes or on the floor! 🙂 In all seriousness, though, I did try something at the table that worked! We went to Sea World and I kept three extra maps. I had the maps laminated and we use those as our placemats. I excitedly play the game, “If you take a bite right now I’ll play a guessing game with you” and I have them guess where the whales are, how to get to the sea lion tank from the acquarium, etc. It works really well and they don’t even realize I’m bribing them. Good luck and invest in Costco-sized Clorox wipes for your floor! 🙂

  21. Shanna says:

    We’re in it too… I hope it doesn’t last long.

  22. Charlotte says:

    My 3 year old is at a VERY frustrating stage right now. He blatantly refuses to eat dinner (unless it is pizza). He’ll come sniffing in the kitchen, saying how it all smells good, but the second the food lands on the dinner table, he exclaims: “I don’t like it!”. Prior to actually tasting it, of course.

    I know my food is edible (and good) as my one year old shovels it in her mouth…

  23. BJ says:

    Nope, you’re just at the ‘absorption method’ feeding stage. Any part of the body touched by food will absorb whatever is needed! And it saves on all that boring chewing time.. Unfortunately it doesn’t work for walls, tables, floors, shoes, pets or carpet. I recall washing (for hours) dried fruit ‘glaze’ off all the above as my baby grrl oozed her way around the house.. fun times!

  24. Jennifer says:

    Ah yes, we’re going through this stage as well. It’s even better that my daughter refuses to wear a bib now, too…

    • teagans momma says:

      My 16 month old daughter is shunning her bibs, as well. If they attach with velcro, she pulls them off in a heartbeat. If they have snaps, she’ll half strangle herself pulling it off, then will turn it like a cape. I guess if out of sight, out of mind?

  25. My kids seemed to eat like snakes—nothing for days, then they’d would inhale a deer-like meal. No worries mamas…this too shall pass.

  26. Rebecca says:

    The only thing I would add to the picture is Crappy Baby feeding the dog from the table using a fork, and you’d have my life exactly.

    • teagans momma says:

      and it alternates: baby bite, doggie bite, baby bite…all from the same fork, more often than not from the same piece of food…

  27. Cassandra says:

    Oh yeah i’m definitely in that stage at this moment also. Love the picture lol!

  28. Ugh, this was my least favorite stage. Noah still isn’t using a spoon because I have yet to let him “figure it out” for himself. I’m just hoping for a little more fine motor skills…. I know I need to unclench. 🙂

  29. Kim says:

    That stage broke me down into tears more than once…

  30. craftyashley says:

    My girls are five and I have made the decision: THIS IS NOT A PHASE, it will never go away, and we are going to eat like animals for the rest of our lives.

  31. Elisa says:

    Oh, no!!! We’re going through this too. My 22 month old was such a good water – beans, brown rice, any type of veggie, etc – he’d eat it. Now I can’t even get him to eat pasta. Everyone loves pasta! We’re stuck with Trader Joes sausages, berries, Amy’s Mac and cheese, and peanut butter sandwiches. So frustrating!!!

  32. I is actually good to hear that I do not have the only pickiest 2 year old ever. I would maybe be on board with the IV feeds, but my guy has actually had to be on IVs a few times (not actually picky eater related) and I don’t really want to have to do that again…;P

  33. Mara says:

    I heart the “no thank-you bite”. You don’t have to eat it if you at least have a bite to try it first before you say no thank-you. Not that this is a new and creative concept…

  34. Jessica says:

    After 3 kids we learned the wait and see approach. They can turn the food away (ie throw the plate at us), but that is all they are getting. No ifs, ands or buts. Our pediatrician resolved our guilt when he said, “They will eat if they are hungry enough.” No more acrobatics for me to try and get food in their mouths.