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Arwa - posted on 06/20/2010
my 23 mth old son is such a fussy eater that i actually fear his food time tantrums are his daily routine n some times also cries his lungs out most of the time he stuffs his mouth with the morsel he has eaten n refuse to gulp down his throat making me lose my patience
Liz - posted on 06/18/2010
have you tried just some snakes with him with veg? carrot sticks with cream cheese,sounds strange but my kids like frozen peas in front of the telly,sauage rolls with grated carrot parsley just trying to hide it.that way you dont just give him a bowel of vegs that he dosent like,but needs them.he is still getting them just a different way, if they are watching tv(mine dont much)they are distracted and will usally nibble on somthing. hope this helps.
Sounds like our kids are at THAT age - the fussy eating age. My 22mo girl has gone through all sorts of stages with her food. Sometimes she'll east SOME veges and other times none at all (not even potato, which she usually loves). However, she LOVES toast and sandwiches for some reason. So I got clever and spread some mashed veges on her toast and topped it with cream cheese. She loves it!! At least I know she'll get some veges this way. Sometimes you just have to be a bit creative. Don't stress about it though. Just keep putting a couple of veges on his plate each night (but just the plainer type - potato, carrot, beans) and wait about 10 mins to see if he eats them, then put his other food on his plate. Give it some time, persistency and consistency is the key to all things in parenthood, including feeding. I also give my daughter some kids multivitamin supplement in the morning too to make sure she's getting all her vitamins, just in case.
Mazee - posted on 06/16/2010
i have the same problem as Chantel Torres. my 23 months old boy wont eat anything on weekends when im around but i understand that with the babysitter he eats well. he just drinks milk and anything i eat. but that is very frustrating because in order for him to eat i have to eat aswell. when he eats he has only two spoons and then runs away to play. however i always give him multivits daily and he is always gaining weight regardless of this problem.
Diana - posted on 06/15/2010
My 23mth old is a great eater but his older siblings are the problems!!! (Glad I finally got one good eater!!). From experience with them, I'd also suggest, as others have to try feeding your little one earlier or maybe try giving him larger meals earlier in the day and then just a snack at tea time. I find that if my kids don't get dinner by 5pm they hardly eat anything as they are too tired but if I feed them between 4.30pm and 5pm then they generally do better. Also, when my eldest was about this age he often ate very little at dinner but would eat reasonably at other meals. I also hide lots of mashed/pureed veges and fruit in things like pancakes and muffins and my kids LOVE them but they won't eat much in the way of veges otherwise (my 6yo will only eat apples, carrots and broccoli as his fruit and veg!! I keep hoping!!). Good luck!
Lindie - posted on 06/21/2010
Our meal routine goes like this
7.30 breakfast - porridge or scrambled egg &beans or cheerios, raisins and a banana.
10.30 nap with a bottle of milk (1.5 -2 hrs)
1.30 lunch - mostly protien and fruit and veg e.g. frankfurters with broccoli carrots and corn on the cob (one will eat all the broccoli and one will eat all the carrots and then swap plates!)
3pm cookie - last food or drink before dinner ( i haven't mentioned but they get lots of juice before nap/ squash after nap up until this time)
6 pm dinner as a family- they are expected to eat what we eat and have been scince 1yr old, of course I cook with them in mind so don't add salt and while we do have chilli and fajitas and currys i try not to make it too spicy.
8pm latest -to bed with a bottle of milk.
some days they will eat lunch and then not dinner somedays they skip luch and eat tonnes of dinner. my rule is they get what they get and if they don't eat they can't be hungry so there are no "unhealthy alternatives". I have never been up in the night with a hungry child.
My twin girls are going to 2 in 2weeks time, favourite foods include, cottage pie, spagetti bologanaise, Chicken curry, Bangers mash and beans and Daddys special veg and frankfurter omlet. all of wich has some obvious veg in and some hidden veg. If you want more info I will be happy to let you have some recipes, also look up annabel karmel, she does pretty good family friendly recipies
Liz - posted on 06/21/2010
with my kids (i have 3 one been allergy kid) our 23 month old won`t eat anything in the morning,but after she has woken from her sleep will snack until bed time.but out 5 year old has to eat at 5 other wise he gets too tired,he has always been like this, but our 7 year old just snacks all day,but all mine do like vegs fruit ect but our 7 year old hates meat.it can be really hard with the eating thing, but a very wise doctor told me that they will never starve they will eat when they are ready.
Lindsey - posted on 06/17/2010
My 23 mo is a pretty good eater. She''s a big snacker, though so I have to limit those. We generally try to eat before 6 as a family, for various reasons. But I have found that when she wakes up from her afternoon nap, she's ready to eat, so I have a small, semi-healthy snack to hold her over til dinner. My 4 yr old is the one with a picky side. He won't eat hardly anything until it is room temp. I give him his plate and he sits there til it's "not so hot." He also doesn't do many veggies. However, if I give hime some carrots sliced, he eats them like crazy. Also, if there's something to dip them in, he likes that. Just recently, we have taken tips from another family: if there is something we have fixed that he doesn't like, we have what we call a "no thank you portion." If we have green beans, which he does not like at all, we give him about a spoonful and tell him he has to eat it. When asked why, we answer because they're good for you. We cooked them, this is what's for dinner, and this is what we're eating. We also have showed him how to take a bite then a drink immediately after to help with the taste. This might not be something for the younger ones, but it has worked with my 4 yr old. We have also tried the mixing of foods to hide the veggies. Hope all goes well!
It is so painful finding foods a kid will eat! My kid will eat the following: blueberries, pears, strawberries if sweet enough (try a dash of sugar if not especially sweet), mangoes if nice and ripe yellow-orange color on the outside, seedless grapes (cut in quarters), cherries cut in quarters, bananas on the first day they show a couple brown spots (not really before or after), fresh pineapple, watermelon, cooked baby carrots (will take only a couple of bites), cooked baby peas, cooked corn cut off the cob, there is a puree green beans and spinach mix that you can buy for babies at Whole Foods that my son actually loves (they mix it with pears and other sweet fruit like mangoes), and avocados (only if ripe).
The foods my son NEVER eats (we've introduced many of them 20 or more times) are zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash, potatoes of all types, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, snow peas, lettuce of all types, cabbage, raspberries, blackberries, most oranges, several varieties of apples, tomatoes (except in spaghetti sauce or pizza), all colors of peppers, beets, peaches, nectarines, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, celery, and cranberries. Bitter veges and acidic fruits are just not toddler friendly.
Also, we need to serve all veges before we present the rest of the meal or he will never eat any of them. We literally hold all food back on the kitchen counter out of sight until he has eaten some veges.
Amanda - posted on 06/15/2010
My son has also become a fussy eater and doesn't like veges. Thankfully he still eats fruit though, because he won't even eat his favourite food (spaghetti bolognese) if I hide veges in it. I have found that now he is only having one day sleep (and sometimes none), if I feed him earlier he is more likely to eat well. His dinner time is now an hour earlier than it was.
CHANTEL - posted on 06/13/2010
I am having the same problem. My son does not want to eat anything at all just crackers and milk and I get frustrated because he can go the whole day without eating. I think I might have to go to his doctor to get some vitamins or something.
Leslie - posted on 06/10/2010
Since he doesn't like veges, try adding a small amount to something he likes. Say for instance, at lunch, make Mac & cheese and add a small amount of mixed veggies- corn, carrots, and peas. The cheese will hide the color and make the veggie taste a little better.
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