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My 20 mo old has generally been a pretty good eater and there are certain foods that I can generally depend on him to eat. He has been rejecting almost all of those lately. Things such as blueberries, banana, almonds, chicken and avocado. We generally eat a Paleo-ish diet, sometimes more than others, but it tends to consist mainly of veggies, fruits, meats and nuts.


Lately I can barely get him to eat anything. He gets really grumpy (presumably because he's hungry) and asks to nurse quite often, like every 2-3 hours. When I give him bits of food on a plate or in a bowl he immediately takes it and dumps it upside down. It is affecting not only his mood, but also his sleep.


He isn't sick and he isn't getting any teeth, that I can tell. He recently finished getting his incisors and has all his 1 yr molars. I don't see any signs of the 2 yr molars.


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I think it's the age! <sorry!>  I have a 23 mo old and he's just finally exiting that (thankfully brief) period you're describing. I could have written your post a few months ago.  He's now eating everything again and today, he went from sometime in the middle of the night until 4 pm before he asked to nurse! We were just out and about and busy...and he 'forgot'...and ate lots of things and drank tons of water. It was sort of bittersweet...but happy!  


We also eat Paleo-ish (with dairy). I also found that very, very small amounts on a plate was best--just two or three bites. Otherwise, he'd just seem uninterested and dump the whole lot. 

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Thank you! I had stopped giving him the bowls/plates and just started sharing bites off my plate. Last night he did eat some salmon & avocado and some spoonfuls of almond butter before bed. It's been really hot too so that may be contributing. I'll keep trying and am hoping it doesn't last three months! wink1.gif
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OH my goodness! I have no solution for you. But I sure can relate. My 19 month old has never been a stellar eater but lately...oy. awful. And I'm nearing the end of my rope with nursing. Do I want to stop nursing yet? nope. But if this new-born like nursing continues I may just call it quits. And yes, the most frustrating thing is that HE'S HUNGRY! AND THIRSTY! He gets grumpy and has a hard time sleeping and and and. you obviously know the story. But bottom line is that yeah, I'm right there with ya mama. Super frustrating. 

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