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Getting DS (14 mo) to eat is a trial on the best of days. He doesn't like eating in his high chair and he doesn't like feeding himself. Even when I hand feed him he is really picky about what he will and won't eat on any given day.<br><br>
Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it) I have found a way to get him to eat. Take him to Costco for samples. He will eat just about every sample I give him and throw a fit if I don't give him one. Obviously, this is not only creating a really bad habit and trend it is not getting the most nutritious of foods into him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br>
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My dd doesn't like baby food at all and although she likes to feed herself she is sometimes hard to get to eat. I make plates up for myself and pretend that they are only for me and then she gets interested and wants to eat. Maybe you could let him sit on your lap or beside you and let him eat from your food?<br>
That cracks me up that he will eat samples. Maybe he likes the change of scenery. Have you tried feeding him outside or somewhere that's not your usual place? I reaching here, obviously, but try to be creative until he gets used to solids.<br>
He will eventually eat, he's not going to let himself starve to death, so just keep offering food and try to be patient.
 

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DS is 17 months and we are having the same problem. I tried sitting at a child's table and eating outside, but neither worked. He really only wants food he likes that he hasn't had in a while. So, I cut down on variety each meal so he goes a few days without seeing a food. It has helped.
 

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Maybe he just likes the little plastic cups. My son always loved to hold the small tupperware containers with food in one hand, and eat with the other - independence.
 

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I have the same problem with DD (17 mo.) I've decided that her eating habits are best evaluated over a week-long period, instead of day to day. If she doesn't eat much today, she'll have a better day tomorrow.<br><br>
My latest trick is distracting her during mealtimes. She loves for me to read her books more than anything else in the whole world, so I can slip in a bite of something every few pages, and she'll eat more than ever. First time I tried this (gnocchi with cream sauce,) she ate too much and threw up (didn't seem to phase her---but still, poor thing!) Never thought I'd have *that* problem!
 

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My 15 month old ds is the same way. He eats a couple bites at any given meal or snacktime. I've given up. I have completely forbidden any food/snack that can't count as a meal, that way the few bites he takes will actually help him. He does drink a ton of liquid, whatever I give him, but he won't go for smoothies.grrr<br>
They all outgrow it eventually, hopefully with no long term food issues. I've learned to be pretty laid back on this one, and I try to respect his known preferences in texture and offer at least one thing I think he'll like.
 

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Wow, I thought I was the only one who did Costco toddler meals (aka samples)<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> My ds loves it and we go around the samples several times for the ones he likes. When he was the same age as your little one, he often ate in the sink full of water in the kitchen. He would play there while I prepared dinner then would eat happily while splashing around. I know many people feel sitting down at the table for meals is a biggie but I disagree. It is hard for a toddler to sit still for more than a couple of minutes at a time, why force them to sit in a high chair for meals. They also love dipping so I will let my ds dip his food into applesauce or yogurt dips - he is not as picky about what foods go with what either.
 
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