My daughter only wants to eat mashed potatoes and nothing else

Katrisha Ann - posted on 08/08/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old doesnt want to eat anything just mashed potatoes. And the most frustrating part is that when I tell her that I wont give her anything if she doesnt want to eat what I serve, she leaves it and wont eat the whole day. She would just drink water or fruit juice. Any recommendations?

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Linda - posted on 08/20/2009

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My son is the same.......I know this goes against anything we are told but if she wants Mash potato give it to her, just put carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, chicken, beef etc. (either separate or combined) into the blender and add to mash potato just before serving, at least that way she is getting other veggies as well. It worked on my son until he caught me adding things to the mash. Oops...

Becky - posted on 08/20/2009

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I don't blame her I only want mashed potatoes too, but I'm pregnant its different. Seriously... Try adding things to mashed potatoes, bacon, cheese, mashed cauliflower, mashed rutabagas. She will move on to something else soon enough. Also try telling her she can have mashed potatoes if she eats something else first. Be strong and don't give in. Or let her go hungry until she will eat what you give her. Always offer a meal but if she doesn't eat it let it go. She will get hungry enough. Good Luck!

Debbie - posted on 08/08/2009

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Play a new game with her. Make a rule of we need to try one new food with each meal. That she can have her mashed potatoes BUT she has to have one new food with each meal besides her mashed potatoes. It might be a texture thing for her and thats why she is sticking to mashed potatoes. So don't take them away just add to them. Don't give her a lot of the new food just some to try and she will start to find that she likes other things and give up having the mashed potatoes on her own. Start with a fruit or veggie, if its a texture thing then sometimes meats are just not going to happen. I have a son that is a complete vegetarian. He has gained weight just fine and is very healthy. So I would maybe introduce to her applesauce, pudding, things that are like mashed potatoes. Then slowly move on from there to other fruits and veggies to get her going. Just be sure to get in some beans, peanut butter, eggs, and things of that nature so that she will get her protein in and iron.

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Nicole - posted on 09/02/2012

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have her help out with supper preparations :) she can wash the veggies, even give her cookie cutters to shape sliced bread, ground some beef or she can shred cooked chicken and you can have "hot hamburg" or "hot chicken" sandwiches topped with yummy gravy :)) and just knowing she helped out with supper, she will want to eat it too :))

my child was a picky vegetable eater, until i read somewhere to have her participate in gardening duties :) I prepared the garden soil and she planted cucumbers, carrots, spinach, lettuce, onions, sweet potatoes and when they get to see these wonderful veggies grow, with all their hard work, they seem to be willing to eat them more :)

There are neat, creative, artistic food ideas for difficult cutie pies, here's a fun link for more ideas :)

http://pinterest.com/yosop/kid-food/

Tracy - posted on 08/26/2012

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Hi. I have a friend who has a 4 year old and I am really worried about her attitude towards his eating habits. She says he is very fussy, but the reality is he has worked her out and no's that if he says no she will give him cake instead of real food. I spent Friday with them and this was his diet for the day. 6 doughnuts, 2 chocolate bars, another 2 donuts and 2 packets of sweets. I was horrified that she actually let him eat this. That was it until he started crying for more doughnuts which she gave him [that was his dinner].

He cries continuously and cannot use the words please and thank you. I am really unsure as to how to approach this. Should I try and talk to her or keep my opinions to myself? He is 4 but wears a 2-3 year old clothes and is always very pale. Any advice??

Katrisha Ann - posted on 08/19/2009

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Mom thanks for all the suggestions, please add more recommendations. BTW, slowly I am adding other healthy stuff into the mashed potato. She didnt notice the mashed cauliflower, but she identified the sweet potato. Moms, how about meat, how do I introduce it to her? Thanks

Christine - posted on 08/14/2009

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Everyone has great ideas!! I would say try the puree and shepards pie.I had a picky eater and yes its true when they are your helper in the kitchen they will help eat the food as well :) Its a phase your kid will soon out grow.Also white potatoes arent healthy with any nutrional value and its a starch so wing them off as sson as you can

Nancy - posted on 08/14/2009

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I would suggest you have her help you make something...kids at that age seem to enjoy things more if they are involved in the making process..

Tiffany - posted on 08/13/2009

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My son was the same way! I introduced new veggies with the mashed potatoes. He was allowed to completely cover the new veggie with mashed potatoes but he had to finish his entire plate and eventually I started giving less and less mashed potatoes and he now eats all kinds of veggies without the help of the good tasting potatoes.

Arifah A - posted on 08/12/2009

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Try adding sweet potatoes into her mashed potaoes, atleast that way you know shes getting soem more vitamins, or mabye even adding soem carroth to it. Lets face it sometimes kids go through those stages. Try to make her snack more during the day, lots of fruits, cereal bars, mabye breaded chicken fingers, all kids that. I'd recomend making your own eventualy if she gets hooked on it, bread them with rolled oats. hope this helps

Carlin - posted on 08/12/2009

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This is probably just a faze that she is going through. Children go through all kinds of strange eating habits as they grow up. I remember my oldest wanting to eat bananas all the time. I could not keep a bunch for one day. I don't know if this will work but you might try telling her that if she will eat something else that you have, maybe a meat or another vegetable, then she can have all the mashed potatoes she likes. Good luck and she will grow out of this!

P - posted on 08/12/2009

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I was going to say making mashed cauliflower may help in getting other foods started. What about if you mix anything into your potatoes? LIke the food bowl idea with the chicken and veggie mixed in or like a sheppard's pie, but mix it?

Evie - posted on 08/12/2009

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I made some mashed potato enchaladas last week and snuck in some shredded cooked turnip, and no one even noticed. Good luck!

Terry - posted on 08/11/2009

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My now 15 year old was very hard to cook for when he was in the 2 to 5 year range. I found that if I let him help me cook it would start eating the food. I gave him the choice of what we had. From the veggies, meats and starch. If he picked it he ate it was the rule. Also, you can try sweet potatoes and mix in other things in with them. That was a trick I did with my 10 year old.

Tina - posted on 08/11/2009

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Great ideas by everyone. Despite the fact that I was a super picky eater as a child, my three children (now 21, 19 and 16) will eat anything...they will try anything...and I can't think of a single thing they don't like. Obviously they didn't inherit my taste-buds.

As younger children though, I typically snuck veggies into them just incase. I think someone else had a similar idea. WIth mashed potatoes, I'd add corn and greenbeas (cut into very small pieces). Mix it all up - sprinkle with a little cheddar cheese and wha-la. They loved it.

There was a time however, as a teenager, when my youngest son only wanted to eat cereal. We were going thru huge amounts of milk and cereal. I stopped buying "junk" cereal and bought only the healthies options. He liked it even better. However, 3 meals of day with cereal and I knew this couldn't be good. At his annual physical I asked the doctor about the lines forming in his finger nails. His first question was, "Tyler, what are you eating?" Tyler said ,"Cereal." Dr said - "What else?" Tyler said, "That's pretty much it." He laughed at him and said, "You need some protein. Eat some chicken with your cereal...occassionally grab a nasty burger from Burger King...but you have to eat a little more than cereal."

That stage passed and the next one was a 3 meal a day diet of buffalo wings.

All of my kids have done this to one degree or another. Eventually it passes so hang in there.

Georgia - posted on 08/11/2009

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My 7 year old is allergic to some foods but mostly additives/preservatives..however, we had a problem at 5yo, once he decided most foods were not good for him, (he had to give-up white breads, milk and many other items just because of the colors added,) ended up he only eats a few things, became sickly and thin last year, then he just turned around, now hes doing it again though and we have found that he responds to making the food himself and also adding to his plate slowly, a few carrots etc..he goes them now, phew! vegie victory!! I make homemade sausage rolls and put shredded carrot in it as well as finely chopped zucchini, it blends right into the sausage meat! :-)

Katrisha Ann - posted on 08/11/2009

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Moms you are all wonderful. I tried pureeing meats and did what you suggested and thank God it worked! Unbelievable. I was losing hope but yeah bribing does help.

BARBARA - posted on 08/11/2009

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i have a son who when he was small was the worst picky eater. so yes it is hard, but let her help you prepare things that she might like........have her help you get her meal together. if she sees what she has made, then she might be more inclined to eat it

BARBARA - posted on 08/11/2009

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incorporate other veggies into the mashed. put in baby food of different kinds into the potatoes...........it will blend....................

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You must make some FABULOUS mashed potatoes! Can I have the recipe?? *smile8
On a serious note though - - until you find a way to get her to eat more - - try pureeing meats/veggies and blending them right into the mashers. I do this with my 14mt old and she still gobbles it up. I'm not sure if a 4 year old would go for it but maybe worth a try.

Jami - posted on 08/10/2009

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Try making sweet potato mash much more nutrician! Bribe bribe and more bribes!

Debbie - posted on 08/08/2009

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I also just thought of one of my kids FAVORITE recipes that gets more then just mashed potatoes into them.

take a package of hot dogs and cut a slit in them but not all the way through and push the dog open, stuff with mashed potatoes and top it with 1/2 slice of american cheese, bake at 350 degrees till cheese is melted. I bet she will LOVE these.

Debbie - posted on 08/08/2009

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Your very welcome and good luck! Kids can be a lot of fun when it comes to eating. You have to get creative and play games, sometimes trick them to get the things you need to in them. I also take fruits and veggies and bake them in breads and muffins as well to get them in them. Like Zucchini, I take the green off and just use the white part of it to make the muffins and add a little bit of cinnamon to cover the taste a little bit and mine will beg for more. You can also make homemade carrot cake to get some good things into her without her even realizing it. I trick my kids on a daily basis but they don't even realize it. I get the I don't eat this and I don't eat that. I start laughing and say really you don't huh. Then they are like MOM! What are you sneaking it in!!! Yeah, like I'm really going to tell them! lol

Katrisha Ann - posted on 08/08/2009

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She doesnt like to eat meat like pork, but she eats chicken sometimes. That's a great way to start. Thanks so much Debbie.

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