My daughter is a VERY picky eater....

Amber - posted on 11/13/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 3 in January. She has a very limited menu of foods she eats. She has to smell everything first or if the color isn't just right--such as bright colored vegetables ( or any vegetable ) she won't touch it or even smell it first. The closest thing to fruit she'll eat is the V8 Fusion juices that have a lot of sugars and fruit roll ups. Do the V8 juices really qualify as a "full serving of fruits and vegetables" that they claim to have? Also, I give her 'Benefiber' in her milk at night to help the natural digestion processes....So far, the FOR SURE foods she will eat are: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches on Whole Grain bread, Pizza, Chicken Nuggets and Fries & Grilled Cheese. She is NOT overweight--in fact Quite THIN for her height. I'm just wondering if this is normal and what can i do to expand her pallet?

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Mandy - posted on 01/22/2010

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My daughter is the same way, probably not AS picky as it sounds like yours is. She won't touch a veggie either and flat out refuses vitamins. She does like some fruits so I load her up on those as much as possible, plus make sure I'm using whole grain breads and stuff. As for veggies, I just hide stuff in the foods that she will eat. For example I'll puree carrots or something and stir it into her speghetti or macaroni and cheese. If your daughter likes grilled cheese, you can spread some pureed veggies (yellowish ones work best so they can't be seen) between the bread and cheese. Also, I ALWAYS put a variety of foods on her plate, small amounts to avoid waste but she can only try it if I continue to offer it. One day I'm hoping she will surprise me by actually eating everything I put on her plate. My pediatrician said that all we can really do as parents is offer the right foods, we can't force them to eat it so he said to offer a variety of healthy foods and after that don't stress on it.

Virginia (Ginnie) - posted on 01/09/2010

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My daughter is the same as was my elest daughter. Just make sure they are getting all the nutrients they need. I give our little miss 3 toddler milk to balance her diet. Their brains are developing and you don't want them developed on junk food alone as this will affect their learning ability. Toddler milk has everything they need for every day life. It worked for my elest who has turned out to be very bright, and it's working for miss 3 also. She will eat properly soon enough. Just keep offering the food and eating meals together and she'll join in when she's ready.
Take care : )

Kelly - posted on 01/09/2010

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you can hide so many healthy things in a pizza! have you tried looking through a children's cookbook? there are so many wonderful ideas for meals, and it is fun for them to eat as well! If the food is no longer there for them to eat... they will eat what you put on their plate. NO child will make themselves go hungry. She will most definately protest, but this is where tough love comes into place, and eventually during the meal, she will eat, and realize that the food is good! make a game of it! Today we will only be eating foods that are green... red... orange... yellow. For her finishing her plate (or most of it) get creative and make a dessert the same colour, like strawbewrries, or other fruit that matches the colour of the meal. Hope this helps.

Wendy - posted on 01/07/2010

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hi there! I have several picky eaters as well. My youngest son ( last of 4) will be 3 this month and is going through the picky toddler stage lots of toddlers go through. I have found something that helps greatly though. I have been a pediatric RN for 12yrs and have worked with several pediatricians who recommend a whole food nutritional product to their patients. All 4 of my sons (ages 17, 14, 6, 3) use this product and now that I have seen it's great benefits for my family I have become a distributor of it. It has helped my kids get the nutrients from fruits and vegetables that they wouldn't get otherwise. It has helped one of my son's with his constipation and also I have noted that it has boosted their immunity as we don't seem to need to go to the dr as much. The best part is that it has helped the kids WANT to eat better. You know how eating junk foods, breads, etc makes you crave eating more of the same? This is concentrated fruits veggies, so their bodies begin to grave fruits veggies after as little as a few months. They make a yummy gummy that kids love (mine ask for theirs every night even if I forget! Ild be happy to tell you and anyone whose interested about this wonderful product, e-mail me at wrn526@wiindstream.net or check out the video's and information on my website- www.wendyadams4juiceplus.com. You can order right from the website or e-mail your number and i'd be happy to share more information with you. As a pediatric nurse, I can't help but share this great product with parents. I hate to see kids sick and hurting, and I think product is a great weopon against illness, among many other benefits. So PLEASE E-mail me, your kids will be the healthier for it.thanks, wendy

Alyse - posted on 12/30/2009

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my daughter was going through the same thing and my pediatrician said to offer her the same things we eat. That she won't starve her self. At first i felt like a bad mom cause she was not eating anything. Now she eats main meals. She will even eat salmon when i cook it.

Emily - posted on 12/27/2009

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Just keep offering as many healthy options as possible. It's amazing how picky some toddlers can be but somehow they keep growing ;)

Jaime - posted on 12/27/2009

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My little boy Caleb will be 3 in jan, and h is picky too, but a friend of mine told me how to hid veg, I thought that will not work , but it does.
So for the kids that like mash potato, cut some sweet potatos and some coliflower when you boil it then mash it all together and you can't taste it, in fact thats how I make it all the time now, it is really good, just don't put too much coli in, then with the kids that love mac n cheese, the same thing I blend the coli and sweet potato, and then add it to the mac and cheese and he has never been able to taste it.
If you makw brownies you can put some fresh spinage in and you can't taste that either, when they are still hot u can a little but I serve them cold and you can't tell at all.
Hope that helps some. Yours Jaime xo

Andrea - posted on 11/21/2009

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My daughter will also be 3 in January, and she does the same, I can't get any meat down her-except for 1 to 2 chicken nuggets, but they have to be from McDonalds. Mac and cheese, and cheese sticks, she likes the v8 fusions too, and chocolate milk, I can't get her to eat grilled cheese, but she will eat the cheese roll up at taco bell. Most kids like mashed potatoes, but she won't touch it! anything mushy looking. I think most kids at this age are picky...as long as she is eating a litte something-my daughter also likes fruit, so I let her eat it, since it is good for her-she won't touch a vege anymore...

Jessica - posted on 11/18/2009

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My son will also be 3 in January, and he is very very picky. He will not eat any kind of meat. Not even chicken nuggets! Seems to me it is just there age from what we are all seeing and saying!!!

Amanda - posted on 11/15/2009

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I have the same problem, the only difference between my son and your daughter is that he'll eat any fruit except kiwi. I'm trying to get him to try more things, but he's being so stubborn. I just hope when his brother starts eating the same things we're eating he'll want to try them too.

Daishienia - posted on 11/13/2009

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I AM HAVING THE SAME PROBLEMS WITH MY SON AND HE WOULD BE THREE IN JANUARY ALSO AND I ALWAYS TELL HIS DOCTOR WHATS GOING ON AND SHE KEEPS TELLING ME THAT ITS JUST A PHASE IT WILL GET BETTER BUT IT REALLY DOESN'T SEEM LIKE IT...I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO AT ALL

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