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Mamas,<br>
I am hoping you can offer me some insight.<br><br>
I am having a helluva time getting Owen to eat dinner. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> My daycare provider is absolutely wonderful and she says he's eating fine at daycare. For example - at lunch today he had a 1/2 grilled cheese and fruit/veggies at her house. Last night I attempted to feed him 1/2 grilled cheese with veggies for dinner and he did nothing but pick at it and fuss. The only thing he will consistently eat for me is fruit - bananas, peaches, pineapple, etc. She recommended chicken soup made thick with crackers in it so he can pick it up. I tried that tonight and he ate a few of the noodles but that was it. Even my trusty scrambled egg is failing. He just won't eat dinner for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> He is drinking several oz. of whole cow's milk at dinner and some breastmilk in a sippy right before bed.<br><br>
Could it be that I'm feeding him too late? For the past couple of months our evening routine has been: 6:30pm - dinner, 7:00-7:30 or 8:00 - bath (couple times/week), books, cuddles, nurse, bed. Lately it seems like he is practically ready for bed when I get him from daycare at 6:00. Is this normal at 15 months? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:<br><br>
I know that he's healthy. He has been teething off and on but that's been going on for months. He's just getting so fussy at night, refusing to eat dinner, and he seems to want to be in bed earlier and earlier. This kid used to go to bed at 9pm and its just gotten earlier and earlier. (btw, he's not walking, scooting FAST these days, some free standing but no walking yet)<br><br>
Any advice about foods to try, why evenings are so hard, how to make them easier, etc. would be greatly appreciated.<br><br>
Thanks very much.<br>
One weary mama - Jenn
 

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Are you still nursing? Honestly my dd is nearly 15 months and never eats that much food. If you're nursing I would drop the cows milk all together. If you're not I would cut it back.<br><br>
Other than that- if he's hungry he'll eat. Why stress?<br><br>
-Angela
 

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My DDs bedtime is also moving earlier each day.<br><br>
We used to have a similar routine to yours, dinner 6pm then playtime and/or bath and bed 8-8.30, however over the last few weeks betime has moved forward to between 7 and 7.30 and we've had to move dinner back.<br><br>
She's also moving form 2 naps each day to one, usualy over lunchtime. I've been giving her breakfast, then a snack mid morning before her nap and then a late lunch around 2.30 when she wakes up. She's often not very hungry by dinner time and will only eat a little. I just try to make sure that she has a good lunch.<br><br>
Have naptimes changed for your little one? I found it only took them changing by half an hour or so before we noticed the difference in the evening.
 

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My 15 month old could also take or leave food for the most part. He will eat a lot of fruit as well. Apples all day long. Cantelope like it's going out of style..... Recently he has been eating more but nothing significant. He's not even a snacker. DH wanted to give him a cookie the other day it he only ate like 2 bites. He used to drink a lot of milk when he came off formula but now even less. The doc said it is normal for them to power eat and then not eat much at all. DS is 27+ pounds active and healthy. I'm just going with it, I offer food but don't force it. He'll do what he needs to do.
 

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My 16 mo dd is also heading towards an earlier bedtime - I think it's a combination of trsansitioning to one nap, and also being more physically active. She is also not a huge eater - and I find that she does a lot better when I offer her dinner at around 5.30, and start her bedtime routine at 6.30 or so. That way she can go to sleep by around 7.30- after that she just gets overwound and overtired. Is there anyway that your DCP can offer an evening meal, and then you can head for an earlier bedtime?
 

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Ds eats a lot, but never at dinner. He eats all day long, and although we don't have a formal "lunch" per se, he eats plenty during the day. I always offer him whatever we're having for dinner, but he'll have a few bites at most. Before bedtime I'll give him some applesauce, yogurt, or something I know he likes, and he'll eat a bunch of that.<br><br>
Re: the earlier bedtimes, Ds started dropping a nap around 14 months, and definitely went to bed earlier (6:30-7) on those days. It took him a while to get used to it, but now (at 18 months) he's back to around 8:00.<br><br>
All in all, I wouldn't worry about any of it! As far as the meals, just make sure he gets healthy food when he's in the mood to eat so you don't feel like he's missing out if he doesn't eat "dinner."
 

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Wow, it sounds like he is eating quite a bit already. DD at 2.75 years will barely eat one decent meal a day, and very rarely is it dinner. He will eat if he is hungry, children do not starve themselves, if they aren't hungy then they don't eat, they aren't like us and eat becasue there is food there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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