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August 9th, 2009, 05:20 PM
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My 2 year old has become very difficult to feed. Some nights at the dinner table all she wants to do is play with her food and refuse to eat even if it's something she likes, while other nights she has no problem. Should I force feed her to eat? My mom thinks i'm starving my poor child because if she doesn't eat, I take it she just isn't hungry and snacked more than she should have throughout the afternoon and I don't make her something different.

Secondly, I have a big problem with the milk! I let her use the baba way too long, and cut it off cold turkey about a month ago. She would gulp the milk down, but now she will literally start gagging if she has to drink it from a cup! She drinks everything else fine, just not the milk!
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August 9th, 2009, 07:24 PM
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You are doing things exactly right!

Have you heard of the division of responsibility? Basically, it says that your job as a parent is to provide healthy foods and a regular meal/snack schedule, her job is to decide what and how much she is going to eat. What she doesn't eat at one meal, she will make up for at another or for a snack. You will be setting her up to a lifetime of picky eating if you become a "short order" cook for her. Of course, there may be times you are eating something that's too spicy or something for her, and then you can prepare something different. But for the most part, she should eat whatever you are eating as a family. You can find a TON of information on this if you google "feeding division of responsibility".

As for the milk, just keep trying, she'll get the hang of it! I'm sure it's frustrating, but she's probably just resisting change and eventually she'll get used to it.

Good luck!!

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