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Old Aug 7th, 2018, 08:43 AM   1
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3 yo would rather play than eat

For the past maybe month or so, my 3 year old has just been not interested in eating. He's not picky, and will usually take a bite of whatever I made and say "mmm yummy" but getting him to eat more than a couple bites is almost impossible. He just wants to play all the time. I try to make him sit at the table for a certain amount of time, but he can just amuse himself and would prefer to do that. I generally don't allow snacks between meals as I believe "hunger makes a good chef," but he just seems to subsist on only several bites of food per day. He's actually lost about a lb this summer. Any ideas or suggestions?

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Old Aug 7th, 2018, 09:40 AM   2
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My son is exactly like this at the moment then every few days he will stuff himself to catch up. I admit I'll allow him have a picnic on the floor with his toys if I really want him to eat. He usually eats everything not fussy at all except one or 2 things he genuinely doesn't like

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Old Aug 7th, 2018, 10:40 AM   3
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Do you eat together? Maybe using meal time to plan what you might do together afterwards, or play eye spy or something?

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Old Aug 7th, 2018, 15:14 PM   4
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My DD is a bit younger but is the same, she is not a picky eater but she would rather play than sit down to eat unless she is really hungry. I personally don't mind her snacking, so long as she is eating healthy food then I don't really care what time of day it happens. We always sit down for meal times, but if she doesn't eat much I don't make a big deal of it. Then if she later says she's hungry she just gets whatever is leftover from he previous meal. So if she doesn't eat much lunch then I just put her plate in the fridge, then in the afternoon if she says she's hungry then she gets her lunch plate to eat. She tends to eat almost non-stop all morning, and it tapers off through the afternoon. She also has free access to our garden so will pick peas and carrots to eat whenever she feels like snacking. The only time we restrict her eating is after 3 pm, otherwise she won't eat dinner and then wakes up hungry in the night, but as long as she has a few bites of dinner then she can get through until breakfast. Only they know when they are hungry, and you can't force them to eat, so I find it's easier not to fight it and just make sure the foods offered are nutritious regardless of what time of day they are eating. My husband works in paediatric health care and a lot of his colleagues recommend 5-6 small meals a day rather than 3 large meals (which is also often recommended for adults), so we have just learned to not stress too much about food consumption during our "scheduled" meal times.

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