not eating RacMarie 1 child; Fort Dodge, Iowa 973 posts
Jul 10th '13

My 13 month old has been refusing to eat dinner the last two nights. She screams and cries and throws her food on the floor. She will eat a little bit of it so I know she is hungry but mostly she just throws a fit. I know she's not sick and she eats her breakfast and lunch just fine.

My question is, what do you do when your children refuse to eat what you made for dinner. I don't like the idea of sending her to bed hungry since she is so young. On the other hand, I don't want her learning she can throw a fit and get whatever she wants to eat if she doesn't want what I made.

Boobo&bugs 2 kids; Simpsonville, South Carolina 8124 posts
Jul 10th '13

I just let dd snack if she doesn't want a meal. Though my dd never snacks between meals even if it is offered to her. A nutritionist told me not to worry about their consumption in 1 day but to look at 3 days. Also your child is 13 months old so I wouldn't be too worried about teaching her she can have something other than what you're serving just yet. My dd is 16 months and if she won't eat dinner I just give her yogurt or cheese cause it usually just means she's just not hungry.

A is Me 1 child; South Carolina 3782 posts
Jul 10th '13

Does she drink milk with or right before meals? That could be filling her up.

Also, she could be getting plenty to eat through the day and just isn't hungry at dinner time. Toddlers that age only eat when they're hungry, they don't understand the "eat now cause it's mealtime idea"

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19630 posts
Jul 10th '13

It won't teach bad habits this early on, especially if this isn't something that happens every single night.

If my 16 month old refuses what we're eating, I fall back to something I know she'll eat.

Once she's old enough to understand better, it will be one meal only or bed without dinner.