Ideas on how to feed toddlers?

United States
November 19, 2006 2:38pm CST
Hi All I have a 2 year old little girl who is just 24 pounds and hardly eats. Any ideas on how to make her eat chicken and meat since she is really bad in eating meat. Thanks Komal
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@sthacker (354)
• United States
19 Nov 06
put in soups and casseroles
• United States
19 Nov 06
thanks for the response
• United States
19 Nov 06
that would be abbusive... dont do the kid like that.
@galaverna (237)
• Italy
19 Nov 06
she's a wannabe vegetarian, respect her will! :)
• United States
19 Nov 06
well she likes chicken sometimes and sometimes she does not so its hard to say if she wannbe a vegetarian
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
19 Nov 06
My almost 3 year old grandson is the same way. He likes eggs and peanut butter which has protein in it and that helps with the lack of meat. There are some supplements, I think pediasure makes them, for little kids who don't eat right. Just be patient, its normal for kids not to like meat at first. Does she like fruit and veggies? Sometimes the family doctor might have ideas for you too. Good luck.
@bhchy1 (6052)
• United States
19 Nov 06
You can't make a toddler eat anything. Just keep offering her different foods and let her adapt. Toddlers go through eating fazes of choosing different foods and in the odd coaurse of what they choose they do manage to eat a balanced meal.. Trying to force her to eat will just cause food struggles and turn her off to trying a new foods. Also remember that their taste buds are much sharper than ours and that a serving should be a tbs equal to their age..
@geokat (103)
• United States
19 Nov 06
None of my children liked to eat meat at that age - it's a texture thing. You can certainly get adequate amounts of protein from other foods that will not cause a food battle. Some choices - yogurt, beans, peanut butter and other nut butters (unless allergic of course!). Check out some sites about nutrition. Giving access to a large variety of very healthy foods has always helped here. Smoothies where a great hit also (and still are). You can hide a lot in a smoothie, lol.
• United States
19 Nov 06
toss her a steak and fork... she will figure it out!!
@GardenGerty (99255)
• United States
19 Nov 06
Little ones that age have a really hard time with meat, they still don't chew that well. Sit down with her so she sees you eating. If she prefers veggetables choose the ones that have more calories. When you serve meat, cut it really small, and across the grain, or cut it in strips so it is finger food.Chicken tenders, with no bones, cook really well and are really easier to eat. Give her something to dip it in, like catsup, or a yogurt base dip. At the school where I worked with preschoolers they said that a really picky eater has to be served a new food 8-13 times to even get them to try it. Don't turn this into a power struggle, because she will resist even more.
@tibido (4081)
• Italy
19 Nov 06
i don't know sorry