This is a huge bummer because we already have anxieties about his weight (he is a string bean). I'm trying not to let it get to me that usually once a day, on and off over the past week, he will literally refuse to eat anything I put before him (that is, anything that's not sweet). And not only will he refuse, but he will put up a major fuss. I mean tantrum, crying, screaming and sometimes, yes, even holding his breath.
I always hope and pray that the fit doesn't happen during the dinner meal, when his dad is around, because my spouse will inevitably cave and give him cookies. His rationale? "We need to give him calories, calories, calories." Um, yes, but we also need to teach him good eating habits, and God knows I don't want him inheriting my junk food addiction!
All the sources I've consulted say "don't sweat it" when it comes to getting toddlers to eat. You want to offer them a wide variety of healthy foods, which I really do try to do, but you also should not force them to eat anything. I consider it a victory if I can get K. to take 1 or 2 spoonfuls of something before turning up his nose. Vegetables are the big problem - he likes corn and peas but other than those sure fire favorites, everything else is a crap shoot. I try to disguise the vegetables with tons of butter (also not a great habit to get into, but I'm desperate!) and sometimes that works, but usually I have to work like it's my job just to get him to touch the food to his lips. Argh.
If anyone has any tips out there, or words of advice, please share. Otherwise I'm just going to try to chillax and hope this is just a passing phase.