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Old 07-20-2008, 08:56 AM   #1
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Hello! It's me again My lo cannot sit still more than 5 min to eat. After that he says, "all done" but he really just wants to go back and play. It's hard to get him to sit still in his highchair and I don't want to let him run around and eat because he may choke. How on earth do I get him to sit still and eat without an epic battle?

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Re: Sitting still long enough to eat

i wanna know too, except for its my 6yr old who wont stop talking.
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i wanna know too, except for its my 6yr old who wont stop talking.
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Re: Sitting still long enough to eat

In our house, the rule is that you sit and finish your food and if you don't eat then you have to wait for the next meal. But your son is only about 18 months, yes? I think that's a bit early for that sort of rule. Only thing I can think of is to put more space between the meals so he's hungrier and more willing to sit and eat.
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Re: Sitting still long enough to eat

Does he eat by himself or do you all eat together for meals?

An 18mo does need to eat a little more regularly, but if you could set aside time for the major meals and start putting him at the table and eating with him...he might sit longer to eat. Mealtime's about more than just food then - it is 10-20 minutes of sharing and enjoying each other's company uninterrupted. And if he still wants to get down? Eh, no big deal. Put his food in the fridge and bring it back out when he is hungry again. Or give him 'grazing bits' - an ounce of cheese, a few peas, some shredded chicken...only a few bites so the plate doesn't feel overwhelming.

Just remember - it's all temporary. His eating habits aren't being defined right now. He'll probably go through another growth spurt soon and you'll wonder how he's able to pack so much in.
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Re: Sitting still long enough to eat

I'd really like the answer to this question too. My son is 14 months and he only really sits still for breakfast. It helps if I give him a little at a time and if I sit and eat with him (ie. he eats off my plate, because obviously my food, even if its the same as what he's got, is better than his).
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