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How Do You Fight the Food Strike?

imageI’ll be the first to admit that Avery hasn’t been the greatest eater. In fact, both of my girls aren’t the greatest eaters. They both started out as great eaters and would eat anything that I would make them. I had the best time making them their baby food and trying new fruits and vegetables to puree.

Then came the moment when Avery realized that she has an opinion on things. Most of the time it’s about petty things with her sister, but recently it’s been about what she eats. She has officially gone on a food strike.

Breakfast is the best meal of the day because it guarantees that she’s hungry. She will always wake up asking for food. It’s the first thing she says to me when she gets up in the morning. I will try to make her a nutritious meal knowing that she is going to eat it and that it’s the only meal that she will eat most of for the rest of the day.

Lunch is always hit or miss. I always make both girls the same thing so that we don’t have any fighting. Sometimes she will eat it, other times she will just pick at the food and tell me she is all done.

Dinner time is by far the worst. She never wants to eat anything and it always ends up in a crying session because we make her sit there until she eats at least a couple of bites. Most of the time she just wants to sit there and play with her food or throw a fit because she doesn’t want to eat.

I usually wouldn’t make a fuss about it, but she is already underweight for her age, I don’t want this to interfere with that. I want to think that this is just a stage and that she will get over it, but I don’t remember if my oldest daughter went through this “phase” as well.

I’ve tried to limit Avery’s snacks during the day in hopes that she is hungrier at lunch and dinner, but it doesn’t seem to be working. The snacks that she does get are usually healthy and full of nutrients so that she can at least get something decent into her system. I know it’s not eating that’s the problem, it’s her being extremely picky. She could absolutely refuse dinner, but the second she sees her sister eating dessert, she immediately wants something. Sometimes at lunch she will tell me that she is finished after eating only a few bites and then on our way to take my older daughter to preschool she tells me that she is hungry and wants a snack.

I’m due to give birth to my third child very soon which will be a huge transition for Avery. I don’t want these changes in Avery’s life to affect her eating habits even more and I would love to get this under control before her little brother arrives.

Any tips you are willing to share? Did your toddler go through the same thing?

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