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Do Two Year Olds Eat?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

claire eating a cupcakeClaire just turned two and I must say the "terrible twos" are not that bad. Sure she can be stubborn and want to do things her way, but as long as she knows you're the boss we can usually work out a compromise.

There is one recent change in her behavior that is really driving me nuts: she won't eat anymore. When she was really young it was problems with different textures in baby food, then she wasn't really all that adventurous in trying new things and now she just doesn't seem to eat anything at all. We had a very short list of food she was guaranteed to eat. We would always try to get her to taste new things but in case that didn't go well could always give her something she liked. Over the past month she has slowly started crossing things off that list.

She used to eat a bowl of cereal with me every morning. We'd mix it up with some mini pancakes or scrambled eggs but now she won't eat any of it. Even if she doesn't say "NO" to it when I ask if she wants it, she'll take one bite and say "done." Same goes for lunch and same for dinner. She used to love pasta with sauce, grilled cheese, yogurt, apple sauce, corn, chicken nuggets and a few other things. It seems like she doesn't like anything anymore. I was praying this was just a phase, but it's now been a month of this and still going. Dinner used to be very enjoyable but has become a nightly torture trying to get her to eat anything.

She does seem to eat better at daycare, but I have a feeling that's peer-pressure or the caregivers being optimistic with their descriptions. Does one bite qualify as "some" or "none"?

The only things she does actually request to eat are craisins. Obviously those things have like no nutritional value at all since they exit looking the same as when they entered and while they are fat-free they're loaded with sugar which she can't survive on.

We recently went to her 2 year wellness appointment and they said she's doing fine, so the small amount of food she is actually swallowing is keeping her alive. I guess that's good to know, but I really hope she snaps out of this soon.

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Joe
#1 - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM
As predicted, about 5 minutes after posting this she started eating a little better. Not like she was, but much better than recently.

I should've written something about her eating back in December.

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