Picky eater on my hands!

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My son is incredibly picky lately! Meal times are extremely frustrating because he won't eat anything but pasta, mac and cheese, grilled cheese and pizza! He has a couple snacks a day consisting fruit and a grain of some sort. I always still try to offer new foods but he just pushes it away. Any other mommies going through this and what have you been doing about it?

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Kayle-Ann - posted on 04/01/2011

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yup, I've been battling with this for a couple of months now. Its frustrating as hell. Most days I can only get my son to eat either Eggplant, Oatmeal, Oranges, Grapes, Pears and plain Yoghurt with cucumbers... You would think that he'd get fed up of this... but its the only thing he would swallow. Everything else, he'd taste it first and then spit it out faster than superman could fly... sigh. I feel your pain.

Stifler's - posted on 03/30/2011

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yes. my son frigging hates every food, except either spicy fruit muffins or peanut butter on toast! he used to eat anything but now he barely eats a thing. i just keep serving it up hoping he'll eat some. he eats it if we put sauce on it hahaha but never all of the food on his plate.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/29/2011

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my daughter will scream and refuse everything on her plate until I take the offending vegetables away, I've started buying special vegetarian foods such as vegetable balls and different types of vegeburgers that are full of vegetables, easy to pop in the oven and she can't get enough of them. Even one that was basically breadded broccoli, cauliflower and leek, seems she'll eat anything if it's covered in breadcrumbs!

Erinna - posted on 03/25/2011

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I go through it every few weeks with my 14 month old. I know it is frustrating, but just keep trying the new foods. It is amazing how quickly they decide to like or dislike something. I buy healthy whole grain, protein enriched, or vegetable pasta so that I know she is getting as much nutrition out of it as possible. Also, you can make bagel or pita pizza's at home with healthier ingredients. I like to mix pureed veggies to the pizza or pasta sauce. Your little one will never know the difference...he might even like it better.



Good luck.

Tosha - posted on 03/25/2011

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If you are worried that he isn't getting the nutrition he needs from the food he's eating, get creative. You can hide pureed carrots and squash in spaghetti sauce. Give him juice that has hidden vegetables in it. For more ideas, do a web search for how to hide veggies. In the meantime, keep trying to give him the new foods. Every kid goes thru a picky stage. Some get over it, some don't until they are much older. Make it fun. Kids eat with their eyes first. Maybe try putting a happy face on top of that grilled cheese or the pizza with some olives or cucumber slices.
Hope this helps. Good luck.

Mary - posted on 03/24/2011

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Have you tried those Plum organics food pouches. They come in varieties like banana and pumpkin. It sounds disgusting but for some reason kids love it! My daughter is picky too but loves to eat it because she can squeeze it into her mouth. It is all natural, it is just pureed into a pouch! Its brilliant!!

Drina - posted on 03/23/2011

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my son is also going through a picky phase. Strangest thing is he wont eat cheese or anything with it. I keep stressing that he is on the smaller side so have been trying to add more fatty varieties into his meals but not much luck there! Ii aslo have the problem of hating a food one day and liking it another... it can be confusing and frustrating but i know that it is just a phase (hopefully one that will end soon:-) I was also told that 3 main meals are required with snacks in between but if a child prefers more snacks than bigger meals then that is just their way of eating.... we are all different and so are the little ones!

Janielle - posted on 03/23/2011

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sounding kind of common, thats how meals have been going here, also! very picky lil one! :) i pretty much go with it, keep offering new things, along with what i know he (might) love! lol! some days he loves a certain food, next day-its thrown to the floor! :) i try to make everything he eats nutritious, but he has the occasional plain donut with a cup of milk for snack or something! he still eats baby food, he usually eats it better than "real" food! i "mix-up" his meals..today was dinner for breakfast! turkey with veggies, and cheerios, 6oz milk! good luck everyone!!

Hannah - posted on 03/23/2011

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My son is the same, I have resorted to hiding healthy food in food he will eat. I also give him a few spoons of something nice (like custard) then a spoon of something like vegetables, which usually works. I also find that if I offer him healthy food as finger food (even tinned sweetcorn) he'll eat better. My boy's problem is that he doesn't like to sit still to eat, so food on the go is mor acceptable.

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thanks for the suggestions ladies! still no progress here, still pretty picky! I always offer a certain meal and he refuses it, so he ends up eating fruits and snack type things. I feel like he's learned that if he refuses it, he'll get his way. But I do it just so that I can get some food into him! Everything he eats is nutritious just not completely balanced. But I'm making every bite count! I swear he'd live on air if he could! I'm trying to reassure myself that it's just a phase and will pass but struggling to do so!

Krista - posted on 03/20/2011

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I feel you! My son loved green beans and peas and all of a sudden he won't even touch them on his plate! I think it's a phase because we decided to give him more fruit which is sweeter and he seemed to like that instead of vegetables. We have recently re-introduced green beans again and he will eat a little bit but he is still not the biggest fan, I know when I spoke with my pediatrician last, he mentioned all kids will go through this picky phase and will grow out of it. Keep trying to give a variety of foods at meal time :) Good luck!

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My daughter is becoming more and more picky...there are only a select few things that she will eat as well. I have made it a habit to give her whatever it is that everyone else is eating at mealtimes. This way she can see that everyone is eating the same thing...and I have begun to notice her picking some at the new foods. She doesn't usually eat every bit of it but the more she is exposed to it the more likely she will be to try it. Also, children tend to learn by example, my daughter tends to eat a whole lot more when everyone else is sitting down to eat.

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