Anyone have great advice on how to get a 2 1/2 year old to eat? Specifically, more than one meal a day and something nutritious? My daughter goes through these phases where she will barely eat. On these days, she'll still tell me something she wants to eat and I will make it (usually scrambled eggs, quesadilla, yogurt and granola), but then she gets too distracted or something, tells me she's full and won't take a bite. Sometimes, not even the first bite.
Here are some things I've already tried: Reading to her while she eats (works on a good days - not so convenient when we're all trying to have supper together), withholding her milk, juice, water, fruit, etc. until after she's eaten something else, bribing her with dessert (a cookie or a couple of m&ms), not cooking something new at the next meal until she's eaten what I made her at the last meal (sort of gross and not really an incentive for her to eat it).
Usually for breakfast she asks for cereal, takes a few sips of the milk out of bowl without eating any of the cereal and is all done. Yesterday, I came up with this idea and she ate 2 pancakes. I got the cutest cookie cutters for my birthday and I told her she could help me make butterfly pancakes. I just used a pancake mix and sprayed the cookie cutter with nonstick spray. They turned out cute and I got something (okay, not the most nutritious thing) in her belly.