How to get 2 year olds to eat fruits??

Harini - posted on 01/16/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My 26 month-olds refuse to touch any fruit.. my son sometimes eats banana.. but thats it.. have tried apples, grapes, oranges,peaches - they just seem to run away from it all!! is this a phase? or is there any better ways of getting the kids to eat fruits?

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Rachel - posted on 02/14/2010

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in our house the boys take turns what fruit we are going to eat for the day. by seeing that they get to choose and that everyone has to eat what you picked helps! Then when we go shopping the kids get to pick out their own fruit and they are always trying their own fruit. my two year old has just joined in on the picking and just sticks to his bananas, apples, grapes, kiwi, and mango. But his brothers think the weirder the better...sometimes I'm really nervous to try it but their excitement and sense of trying new things really help!

Kim - posted on 02/11/2010

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i have the same problem with my 2 year old and finally got sick of it so now what i do is whip out the blender grab the fruit of choice add some yogurt and orange juice blend it up into a smoothie stick it in a cup with a straw(kids love straws) and if there is some left over make popsicles its a great healthy treat and they dont know it (hehe).also continue to eat fruit yourself infront of your child and belive me they will want to try it eventully.hope it helps!

Chelsea - posted on 02/11/2010

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I think it is just a phase i would just keep offering it. even try diffrent ways such as sliced pealed whole or dryed i have my son a whole apple the other day and he was so exited i didnt cut is he just ate away lol also at meal times offer fruit first then give rest of food i have started doing this with my son exept he gets fruit last because that is all he would eat

Jennifer - posted on 02/11/2010

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Dip! My son loves dipping foods. If you cut up fruits and let them dip into yogurt, they will be more likely to try it.

Lizelle - posted on 02/04/2010

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Try to cut it up into cubes and put them on a string. I also put it onto a straw, works better than sticks.( Its safer for 2year old) I even use chocolate fermasilli and hundreds and thousends to decorate it, you even get edible glitter. I find it facinates my little girl and soon it goes to the mouth.

Lenor - posted on 02/03/2010

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My girl wouldnt eat anything accept banana's until I joined a play group and they served fruit at snack time. Once she was with the other kids she just ate what they were eating (monkey see monkey do). Now we can get her to eat all types of different fruits.

Corrine - posted on 02/03/2010

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Hi Harini
Have you tried making it into a smoothie - put in a blender with milk & small scoop of ice-cream? Corrine

Isabel - posted on 02/02/2010

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Don't worry it probably is a phase. I've tried making funny shapes like into animals when I was having trouble getting my 2 year old to eat vegetables.

Jade - posted on 02/01/2010

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You could try buying fruit purees (there are loads of options in the baby aisles) and feeding them that? Or mixing the fruit with yoghurt or ice cream

Kelly - posted on 02/01/2010

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hide it? when the issue comes up at our house, which it does...often, we hide the healthy foods in something we know she'll eat. like oatmeal in the morning, banana and peanut butter sandwiches for lunch, pudding for dessert. she doesn't know the difference yet. especially when it's a "treat"
another thing...clif makes Clif Kid Twisted Fruit. it is a fruit roll that is certified organic (if that is important to your family, then all the better!), made of real fruit, has no added sugars, artificial flavors, preservatives or colors, and is a full serving of fruit. and, as an extra bonus at our house, it is a dessert thing. again, she doesn't know that it is good for her!
as for a phase, maybe; probably.
my girl used to love bananas; now she won't touch them unless they are smothered in something else. it's a texture thing

Cynthia - posted on 01/31/2010

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Harini

Try putting cream cheese with the fruit. I use the whipped cream cheese and put as a side with the cut up fruit (i.e. grapes, oranges, stawberries, etc.). I also use flavored whipped cream cheese (i.e. fruit flavored). You can also try whipped cream with the fruit. Hope this helps. Cynthia

Sarah - posted on 01/18/2010

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hi you could try making it into a drink just blend the fruit down and add some milk if u have to

Kalissa (RED) - posted on 01/16/2010

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Hello, Israel is 2 now and he eats certain things very well... like apples. I peel n slice them and also ofer dipping sauces! Caramel or chocolate syrup, Works! For fruit with skin like oranges... there is this thing that looks like a net with a ring on it (so it can be held) u can put the fruit in it n let let them bite or suck on it as to not get the seeds or skin. Buy them @ Babies R Us.

Also u can dice up the friut and mix it in pudding, whipped cream, jello... this is what they do in assisted living homes so the elderly can digest it better. Try it n let me know how it goes. Hope something works for u...

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