Help! How do I get my 21 month old to eat fruits & Veggies

Cindy - posted on 01/07/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My 21 month old refuses to eat his fruits & veggies! He started this "strike" this summer and thought he would just get over it but it's been 6 months now and still not eating them.



I've been told to mix puree veggies in with pasta sauce but he doesn't like pasta...

He loves muffins so when I make them, I'll mix in puree veggies in there and he doesn't even notice. But I can't keep feeding him muffins everyday.

What to do?

Anybody have a advise for me?

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Shilpa - posted on 01/23/2011

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make a indian bread from boiling and purring ur veges and kneading it into a dough so called wheat flour,add water only if required..now make small round balls and make flat rotis or parathas and fry this on a pan with oil or butter..this wks for my son and his quite healthy,once he develops taste for this u could make stufed parathas with cheese or potato or cauliflower..

Lori - posted on 01/19/2011

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I am having the same problem! My son used to eat anything and now he is on a selective hunger strike. He seems to only wants to eat apples, string cheese, waffles, scrambled eggs (sometimes) & goldfish crackers! When he first stopped eating veggies I used to puree them and hide them in yogurt or scrambled eggs, but now he is starting to notice! It's gotten to the point where he refuses to eat yogurt now because he is afraid I've "contaminated" it with veggies! Have you tried Fruitables juice? It has a serving of fruit & veggies in each cup. I give my son that mixed with water. And I just keep offering him the veggies too in hopes that some day he will decide he likes them again! Good luck, you are certainly not alone.

Bernadette - posted on 01/15/2011

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I'd try not offering him anything else for a while. That's what I had to do with my daughter for meat - she wouldn't eat it at all, but loved her veges so i would offer her just meat. If she ate the meat, she would get the veges afterwards. If she didn't eat the meat, I'd put it away and offer it again later. If she still didn't eat it, we'd do it again. Eventually, if she still wouldn't eat it I'd give her the veges so that I wouldn't be putting her to bed hungry, but I would make sure I left a gap in between offering the meat, and giving her the veges so that she wouldn't be getting the message that if she refused the thing she didn't want, then she'd instantly get what she wanted instead. I'd wait about 20 minutes between each try, and again between giving in and giving her the veges. It eventually worked and she has started to at least try the meat before deciding if she doesn't like it. But I found it was not giving in and giving her something else instead straight away that worked, and she is a pretty good eater who will eat most of what I offer her now. Once she learned there wasn't going to be something "better" on offer if she said no, then she realised she'd have to eat or go hungry. My sister has two boys who refuse to eat practically everything, and I know it frustrates her like crazy. I think where she went wrong though, was every time they would refuse something she would immediately take it away and offer them something she knew they would eat instead. They quickly learned that all they had to do was screw up their noses and they'd get something else. Now she is struggling to get them to eat a balanced diet, because they simply refuse anything else. I don't believe in letting your kids go hungry in order to force them to eat something, but I do believe that if you keep offering it to them every 20 minutes then you aren't letting them go hungry - you are providing the food, and it is their decision whether to eat it or not. Each time they will be a little hungrier, and then eventually will eat it.

Stella - posted on 01/15/2011

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I agree with Emily. It may be mean, but children do not know what is good for them. Hiding fruit and veggies in their food is one way of getting them to eat healthy but in my opinion this is not teaching them anything except for how to be a fussy eater. Keep offering fruits and veggies as they are. If your son still refuses to eat it (which he more than likely will to begin with) then its not your fault if he is still hungry. He will soon get the message that if he doesn't want to be hungry, he will eat what he is given. I hope this helps.

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Samantha - posted on 02/03/2011

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My son decided he did not want to eat baby food at the age of 8 months old so i just started blending up the veggies and fruits and cooked meats!

Tabatha - posted on 01/25/2011

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I have the same problem with my 21 month old daughter, but not to worry about them getting their veggies and fruits anymore. I work at Target and went into the baby food aisle and found something that really works. They now make HappyTot which is fruit and veggie mix with super grains and Plum Tots which r just fruits. This is the only way I can get my daughter to eat her veggies and fruits. She loves them and eats them twice a day for me.

Amy - posted on 01/22/2011

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I usually give Ava a piece of fruit as a snack instead of chocolate etc, maybe you could make him smoothies and give him a fruit juice everyday he will probably love that, as for the veggies I dont know because Ava loves her Veg lol shes a strange one lol. maybe you could mix them with gravy and mash or something just to hide them lol.

Crystal - posted on 01/20/2011

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my daughter wont eat anything we pick out for her, but she really isnt a picky eater. so i just tried giving her 2 or 3 options and let her pick which one she wants. when she picks it out she has no problem eating it, even if its the same thing i had just tried to give her.

Brittany - posted on 01/19/2011

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Im going through the same thing...Mine will eat Fruits but not veggies..and just started this about 2 months ago. I haven't really tried mixing them into anything YET! but might start soon. He is really smart though, I have eben done the broccli and cheese and things most kids go for...he just sucks the cheese off. My Dr. always says they will eat when they get hungry so I just keep offering it to him.

AMANDA - posted on 01/18/2011

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Thanks everyone, I have 4 kids, and 2 are fussy eaters. You have all been very helpful, I am a pushover. I need to get tough!!!

Brandi - posted on 01/18/2011

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really babyfood is not the answer. Toddlers are too old to eat it. YOu need to make it interesting and fun for him. My son will choose a strawberry or an apple even broclli over a cookie any day

Brandi - posted on 01/18/2011

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try making a smoothie with yogurt and fruit encourage him to help you make them and pick out the fruit he wants to put in it. my son loves homemade friut smoothies

Lor J - posted on 01/17/2011

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I have a son who is also 21 months and refuses to eat fruits and veggies. The is this that I give him where 1 cup equals 2 servings of both fruits and vegetables. Its called oasis juice and he absolutly loves it and cant tell the difference between it and the sugar filled juice

Samantha - posted on 01/15/2011

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my 21 month old won't eat meat so when we have a meal that has meat in it I give her a jar of baby food like turkie dinner .So my advice is puree his entire meal sooner or later he will not like it and will surprise you Good Luck

Jodi - posted on 01/14/2011

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I'm having the same problems. He will sometimes eat the baby fruit & veggies so I buy those & keep trying the others (which haven't been successful). My doctor said it takes an average of 24 tries to get a toddler to try something different. That's alot but I guess we have to do what we have to do to keep them healthy.

Suzanne - posted on 01/12/2011

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Canned pumpkin mixed with vanilla yogurt is very yummy. Started this in October and called it Halloween Yogurt. Kids still eat it and still call it Halloween yogurt!

Emily - posted on 01/12/2011

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I'm kind of mean... I put a plate in front of my kid, and that's what they get to eat. Your responsibility is what they eat, theirs is how much (if any) they eat. I ask them to try as many bites as they are old. And there's always V8 Fusion and smoothies!

Ria - posted on 01/08/2011

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Oh just remembered as my son was eating breakfast. I put sweet potatoes in his pancakes...you can't even taste it!! I have even put in applesauce, which tastes GREAT!

Katherine - posted on 01/07/2011

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Cindy, I am having the same issue with my son David. I have now gotten the Gerber Graduates pasta raviols. They have veggies in them and he absolutly loves them. I have had to stop giving him the V8 Fusion fruit/vege juice b/c it gave him the runs. I offer him veges at night and sometimes he will trying it and there are times he wont. Fruit I am still battling. Since he had the stomach virus several weeks ago, he has gone back to wanting baby food again. So I have been getting the stage 3 friuts and he seems to like them. But like Ria stated just keep offering him the different ones and see if he eats it one night. One the fruits you can also cut some up and leave it on a coffee table and he might come up and eat it and decide he likes it. Hope this helps

Ria - posted on 01/07/2011

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My son LOVES fruit but will NOT eat veggies I too have made the muffins with veggies in it. And there are fruit/veggie juices that I water down and give him that once a day. I always offer him veggies and hope one day he will pick it up and eat it. He will eat soup...there are veggies in there and he doesn't seem to notice and shepards pie, which he loves, I put veggies and he doesn't seem to notice. My son just started eating pasta,he too would not touch it. My advice is to keep offering things to him and hopefully one day he will eat it. Not sure if this helps, but know that you are not alone.

Good luck :)

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