Great ideas...more to addThis is a very helpful thread, I am sure, for many moms out there. I am going to take some ideas for us to use also. My ds is 15 mo and only 18 lb 14 oz (according to last well visit - which we only go to get weighed...isn't that a joke?) But yeah, he is 31 in tall, so he is really really super skinny! Never had a roll in his life and probably never will. He always has been this way. Born 4 - 13 and has been following his own growth curve ever since - way under the "chart's" growth curve of course. Eating is a constant struggle, especially since I bring him to work with me, I already have a hard enough time finding a minute to prepare him something worthwhile and then I am lucky if he touches it. I usually end of giving him grapes, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, peaches, grape tomatoes, or carrots - because he loves those. And, we try to nurse as much as possible, but he will only nurse for more than a few seconds if I hold him and walk around or put him in the pouch to.
I have taken much from the thread and have these good ideas to add:
1) To Oatmeal: We add wheat germ, ground walnuts/almonds, and ground flaxseed along with butter and banana or shredded apples and cinnamon. Good protein, calories, nutritious, and yummy flavor, too!
2) Keep nursing. As much as you can - offer!
3) Invest in a copy of these two Dr. Sears books (as well as the My Child Won't Eat one previously suggested - love that one - sets your mind at ease, truly):
The Family Nutrition Book and The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood.
He gives a lot of fabulous, not so out-there recipe suggestions in the back of both. Along with both books giving lots of advice on how to pack in as much nutrition as possible into your toddler's diet.