I'm looking for ideas for my 3yo DD who will occasionally refuse to eat dinner (or only take a couple bites) and then says she's not hungry. She then says she wants to eat later. I really don't want to tell her "eat x or x more bites more bites" because I want her to listen to her body, but OTOH, I don't want to be cooking and feeding her dinner as we are getting her into bed. I know this is typical, but I need some ideas on how others have dealt with this issue.
Toddler not eating dinner then hungry later
What we do is try to have dinner early enough that there is an hour or som between dinner and bed time.
If our 3 yr old didn't eat much dinner then we have a bedtime snack of a pbandj sandwich or cheese, crackers and fruit or something.
Or, if I know she likes the food, and I know she is hungry but just distracted or being difficult, that I either offer to feed her like a baby (she likes that although we let her self feed as a baby) or I offer to have one of her teddy bears feed her. It usually works.