what do you feed your toddlers?

Amanda - posted on 05/15/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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help my nineteen month old baby wont eat vegis even if i try to puree them he likes porridge and yoghurt only any ideas on what i can give him

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Katy - posted on 05/17/2011

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A UK tv show recently had fussy toddlers interacting with veg so that their familiarity with it grew. E.g touching raw veg, helping prepare it, looking at their colours, naming it, playing shop etc. Idea being increased confidence with veg = more chance of eating it. As an adult how often to you put something in your mouth that youve not given a good examine first?!!!

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Ashley - posted on 06/08/2011

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My son is pretty picky at eating. He eats a lot of chicken nuggets. lol. Some days he'll eat things and the next won't. He likes hot dogs with the skins off, pbj sandwhiches, no crust! He loves speghetti with sauce! Sometimes we'll have the same things on his plate but he wants mine! Must taste better. lol! I gets lots of things to try and it's just a hit and miss thing! My son hates veggies too. Sometimes he'll eat corn or carrots. But like I said it depends on the day!

Lori - posted on 06/06/2011

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have you tried the mcain veggie fingers? my daughter loves those. she likes to eat off my plate as well. seems to taste better than the exact same food on her plate! she loves gem and mealies. let your son eat a mealie off the cob. my daughter absolutely loves it and even tries to take mine!

Lori - posted on 06/06/2011

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my lg is 20 mnths old and i feed her what we eat. sometimes she turns away and wont eat but that's her choice.

Jessi - posted on 05/25/2011

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Mine won't try anything new. He also won't eat things he's had and I can't figure out why he won't eat it. I'm chalking it up to it being a stage.

For you, have him help you fix them? let him pick them? I have a very hard time with veggies too with my older child. we just focus on what she WILL eat and let her multi vitamin take over for the rest. she's not malnourished, so i'm ok with it.

Bethan - posted on 05/21/2011

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Hi my 20 month old will eat, toast, ceareal, yoghurt, sandwiches, crisps, fruit bars, melon, mango, raisins, chicken, turky, ham, cheese, salmon, cod, tunna, peas, cawliflower, broccoli, carrotts, potato, pasta and of course chocolate.
I dont mind giving her the odd treat such as chocolate, chips, pizza, nuggats or buscuits as I no she eats plenty of the good stuff most the time.
I think that a good balance is key and on the occasions that she gets fussy or refuses I usually eat what I want her to eat (such as a slice of melon) in front of her and then as soon as she sees mummy having something she wants it.
Sometimes she will point blank refuse and I try not to force the issue as I think if she doesnt want it she doesnt want it, shes not going to starve, il just give her a bigger tea or an extra snack or im sure shel eat more the next day.

Kathy - posted on 05/19/2011

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Mine has her picky moments, but it really depends on the day... one day she'll gobble up all her veggies, the next she won't touch any of them. She loves anything potato, but pretty much plain... plain perogies, plain fries, plain mashed potatos. Her cereal, chicken, steak, whatever we're eating she gets, if she eats it is another story. I'm often cleaning the rejected foods off the floor. She'll eat almost anything that has cheese in it, if your 19mo likes cheese try making a cheese sauce for veggies? Or hiding them in mac & cheese, or even hamburger helper (thats a sure way to get veggies eaten in my house)

Manndi - posted on 05/18/2011

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I totally understand! My son will be 20 months next week and he is so picky! He will not eat meat - no matter how I prepare it! I tried to give him tiny small bites, but he takes it out of his mouth. He will ask for a bite of mine and chew it for a second and spit it out. He HATES green beans! On the plus side, he loves corn and sweet peas and some other veggies. He also loves yogurt. He has a mouth full of teeth (he only has 3 left to cut, which are his very back molars) so it's not like he can't chew. He is just picky. One day, he will eat something, but the next day he refuses to eat it. He will eat better for his daycare teacher and other people than he will for me. It's just a day by day challenge to see what he likes that day.

Jenna - posted on 05/17/2011

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My twin girls are 20 months old and are very picky eaters. We try to give them whatever we eat but that doesnt always work. My one daughter usually just wants spoonfulls of cream cheese in the morning with crackers and maybe some fruit. It continues like this during the day. They have been gaining weight which is a good thing but definitely a very stressful and frustrating time period. I can sympathize.

Noreen - posted on 05/17/2011

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Abby has never had McD's or any other similar greasy bad for you kids meal before. The only kids meal she has ever had was a subway meal with whole wheat bread, avacodo, and cucumber on it. When my grandmother was in town last month, she gave Abby some of her in and out fries and Abby had the WORST stomach ache ever!! She was up all night screaming and passing gas. I felt so bad for her. If in and out fries do that to her, I'd hate to know what McDs would do to her......

Noreen - posted on 05/17/2011

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This is what Abby eats on a daily basis-



Breakfast-

Mini bagel/handful of mini wheats w/almond milk/cheerios w/almond milk.



Snack- fruit (banana, pear, apple, or white grapes cut in half) or a organic fruit/veggie pouch (we get spinach/mango mix, or broccoli/pears/peas mix)



Lunch- slice of whole wheat bread with chicken, turkey, or ham on it (not lunch meat, hand craved kind) or slice of whole wheat bread with hummus or avacodo/banana mix spreader on it.



Snack- fruit or snack pouch



Dinner- sweet potatoes/squash/pumpkin/or mashed potatos.



She nurses before breakfast, lunch, nap time, bed time, and once in the middle of the night. And she drinks water out of a real cup ( not sippy) with her meals. And gets almond milk with her cereal in the mornings.

Jane - posted on 05/17/2011

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Toddlers often don't eat much. Their first year of life they grow a huge amount, but generally slow down during the second year. Often they also have control issues and prefer to feed themselves, no matter what mess they make. They often also exercise control by eating only a few foods.

That said, my daughter lived on "peas and papas" (green peas and mashed potatoes) during her toddlerhood. My niece at the same age wanted nothing but green beans and soy sauce. My son lived for chicken nuggets and ketchup. Sometimes we could get other foods down them, such as fruit smoothies, but often it wasn't worth the battle.

Let your kids help you pick foods out at the market, and figure out how to let them help in food preparation. Use fruits and vegetables to teach colors and numbers. DO whatever you can to get the kids familiar with these various foods. In addition, don't overload their plates. If they want it, you can always give them more. Sometimes a full plate can be daunting while a plate with small servings of several different foods can be easier for a kid to want to eat.

Kids do grow out of this phase and end up as bottomless pits. As long as your child isn't losing weight things should be fine. If you are worried about their intake you might try either gummi vitamins or a liquid vitamin.

Gisselle - posted on 05/17/2011

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Katy, i have to try that. No pressure to eat it, just let him get acquainted with fruits. I point them out to him though when i go to the supermarket. Thanks!

Alecia - posted on 05/17/2011

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my daughter eats most everything we do. she loves her veggies and fruit. she can eat a whole large head of broccoli (steamed) by herself. she eats whole strawberries, and halved grapes. we got lucky with a great eater! we def limit her on junk food and have only taken her to mcdonalds and BK like 3 times so far. we just dnt eat there often. id much rather have a home cooked meal, or maybe a fresh sub.

Gisselle - posted on 05/16/2011

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Hi Amanda! My son is 20 months and has a very limited diet as well. In contrast to Meged's son who likes his dips, mine would not touch anything that has sauce or is wet (such as fruit). He likes to eat with his hands so mostly its chicken nuggets, fish sticks, bread, rice, etc. He likes joghurt though, but I have to feed it to him. If i feed him with a spoon, i could get him to eat them but he won't touch them on his own.As for veggies, i am able to give him some when I chop them really small and include it in a chunky soup or in a spring roll which he also likes.

Meged - posted on 05/16/2011

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My son is very picky as well. However, he likes to dip his foods. he likes potato chunks with some ketchup, otherwise, won't eat them. He eats chips. And my friend got him to eat hummus the other day. He'll eat McDonald's cheeseburgers and french fries. But, it just all depends. But, I definitely understand when you say not eating. My son hardly eats anything, if he eats during the day, I get so excited and my husband looks at me like I am weird, because my stepson eats almost everything. My son will eat bananas, some cereal bars. But, sometimes he just won't eat unless we use a fork or a spoon to feed him. Other times he just won't eat. I think it all just varies.

Amanda - posted on 05/16/2011

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hi wel he eats everything but no something that can make him full he actually plays with the food like if u give him mashed potato and pieces of meat and soup he will spit it out after having more than 5 spoons i tried carrot but he eat swallow the first 3 spoons after that his so playful so the only thing his serous with is porridge and only when his so so hungry.

Nichole - posted on 05/15/2011

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My son is 20 months and eats everything I do. Meats (mainly chicken and beef), veggies (cooked, and diced), fruits (raw & cooked), pastas, breads, chips, fruit snacks, etc. He can chew everything now, so I let him have about anything. If it's more difficult to chew, I stick to smaller bite size pieces for him.

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