Not Eating Dinner Syndrome
Do you suffer from not eating dinner syndrome?
So lately, we are suffering from the not eating dinner syndrome in our household. Mr J is 20 months and has always gone between picking like a sparrow and demolishing like an eating machine.
Lately he seems to be devouring breakfast and then petering off for the remainder of the day preferring milk in a Sippy cup or a bottle of formula. By dinner time, he is over it!
Firstly, he is a snacker!!!. Has loves biscuits and fruit and snack type foods – ANYTHING sweet. The human body is always amazing to me as my daughter comes from the same gene pool and has always had a penchant for savoury foods. Therefore, a kid that goes for everything sweet is new to me.
Mr J is a typical toddler in that he wants what he wants when he wants it and nothing else will do. I am always racking my brain to find something for him to eat that is healthy and that he will enjoy. He will try new foods, which is sometimes half the battle, but he likes something one day but not the next and is a fussy eater.
I have always tried to maintain a family dinner with varying degrees of success. Ideally, I would like us all to sit down together as a family and discuss our day or chat about upcoming things we are going to be doing. Now in reality the TV remains on most of the time which involves the kids, and the husband, glued to the TV and getting any conversation is sometimes a chore.
Now hubby works long hours and is rarely home in time for dinner, which makes it hard to stick to a routine with the kids so I try to have dinner with them and we aim between 6:00pm to 6:30pm.
Up until a few months ago, Mr J would sit in his high chair when we got home around 5:15pm and have food, either some yogurt or a sandwich or something substantial and then I would bath him and we would all sit down together and he would have a second round of food before bed.
Suddenly he decided he did not like eating by himself and therefore wanted to wait until we all sit down together. Thus has been born the non-eater. I believe he is now too tired at the time we have dinner so does not eat and whinges which results in him going to bed. The hard part with that is he wakes up at 5:15am and wants a bottle, which I have come to realise, is because he is hungry!
Firstly, I began so that he had the same meals as everyone, thinking this would be incentive to eat just like everyone else.
Secondly, I tried different meals for him and stuck to things he likes so that would encourage him to eat.
Thirdly, I have given him a number of options so that he has a few things to choose from so he could pick whatever tickled his fancy on the day.
RESULT = not eating dinner syndrome.
So what to do?
So next, I think I am going to go back to the two-fold dinner. Give him something to eat, that he likes, when we first get home. I hope that he eats that, and then sit him down with the family to have a second course. We will try that and see how we go and then fingers crossed he will have a full tummy and now wake so early.
I know I am not along in this and have Googled the issues and I have listed some good sites below, however please share your experiences below as I would love to hear how you solve these problems at your house.
Here are also some articles I found when I searched for tips on keeping them safe:
- How to Handle Picky Eaters
- Toddlers At the Table: Avoiding Power Struggles
- Children’s nutrition: 10 tips for picky eaters
Hope you found this article either amusing or interesting – thanks for reading.