Picky Kids

Indira Maria - posted on 03/27/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 years old. She is very picky about what she eats. If it don't smell good she wont try it. Is there anything i can do to make her try new foods?

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Sophie - posted on 04/02/2011

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Have a look at this link for a few tips. I hope this helps. http://www.mumsspaghetti.com/tips/fuss-f...

A quick and fun thing to make with kids, and that you can all enjoy, is pizza. They can choose the toppings and place it themselves. If they are involved in the cooking process, they are more likely to eat the food too.
You can prepare the dough in advance and freeze it. When you want to use it, no need to defrost it, so ready to roll straight out of the freezer. Tip: roll it as thin as you can for a crunchier & lighter base as the dough tends to rise a lot whilst cooking. Add some passata on top, mozzarella or any cheese you like, then your topping. Place pizza 10 to 12 mins at the top of oven gas mark 8/9 & hey presto , bon appetit! Alternatively, instead of dough you can use pitta bread as a base & in the oven for 5 to 10 mins.

My daughter Lily was underweight from birth until she was about 2.5 years old, eating very little too, so I know your pain. She is now 4, enjoying a balanced diet and doing well. From personal experience, my advice would be focus on quality rather than quantity.

It is great if you can keep at it, don’t make an issue of it as it is some kind of attention seeking too. Food intake is 1 of the very few things that they can control at that age, so it can also be a power struggle as kids want to be more independent. The key is to keep in charge, in a non-confrontational way and be consistent. Offer the same food as you eat, if she doesn’t want it, don’t fuss or argue, just say it’s ok but there is nothing else and don’t waver, even if she cries (that’s the hardest…). So If she is willing to try a bit, that is a small victory & you can build on that. No child has ever starved themselves. She will soon eat her meal when he knows that that’s all is on offer, tantrum or not!

Anne - posted on 03/31/2011

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When our daughters were old enough to eat "regular" food we had a "No Thank You" helping of what ever the girls did not like or a new food. Ex. Peas would be one pea per year of the child. If they really gave me a hard time and did not want to try a new food if they were not finished be the time dinner was over I put a timer on. I always put on more time on the timer than it should have taken for the girls to eat the food. say about 8 minutes to eat one or two child size spoonfuls of food. I told her what amount of time she had and I left the room. When the timer went off I went back into the room. If the food was gone before the timer went off she was free to leave the table and life went on. I thanked her for finishing the food gave her a hug and went on with our day. If however she was not finished I took the food away no questions asked or lectures given and throw the food away. BUT EVEN BEFORE the timer went on the daughter knew that if the timer went off and the food was still on the plate, I would throw the food away and she could only have water until the next meal. I tried to make sure if they were sick or on meds. that required food to be eaten before they took the meds that I did not serve anything I knew they did not like or may be new. THis is not an easy thing to start but it saved soooo many unpleasant moments at the table because the child was in control of what they ate and did not eat. But they also had to live within the rules of the family.

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Michelle - posted on 04/26/2011

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Get her to help. She may be more interested in the food if shes hands on. try home made pizzas so she can put her own topping on. anything she can help with is good

Holly - posted on 04/21/2011

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They have kids cookbooks on the market. Let her go through it with you and then make something together. I did this with both of my kids and they ate everything that they created and chose for themselves. Make it fun for her. On a plate make a smiley face with the food. I know mom told us not to play with our food but when you have a picky child you will try just about anything to make them eat.

Melissa - posted on 04/07/2011

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My kids were very picky when they were this age and i gave them the option of eat or go without because if she isn't going to eat what you fix and try new foods then she is totally missing out on good things. I would give her the option to eat or go without and see how she does, and if she tries it and honestly doesn't like it, then maybe something else, but not till she tries what you made.

Aaryn - posted on 04/05/2011

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My girls aren't very picky, but I really try to get them to try a new fruit or veggie every week, or retry one they think they don't like. Their taste change as they age, so by reintroducing them to foods they didn't like, they may find that that they do. Also, cut things into little bites, use a cookie cutter to make foods fun shapes, she may be distracted enough to try even more things. I have a blog about feeding little ones, twolittlelunches.blogspot.com

Kristin - posted on 04/02/2011

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do a reward system, for example 2 bites of what you want her to eat one bite of what she wants, this way you can slowly push it until its all what you choose and dessert is for her

JUDY - posted on 04/01/2011

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i did that to my daughter when she was young..around 4/5.
she would play with her food not want to eat or take an hour to eat til one day she was playing with it i gave her about 15 min when i went back she was still fiddling with the food.. so i threw it away...now when you give her food she eats it...and we also have a policy in my house.. you ask for it you eat it even if it takes you all day(giving it to her everytime she says she hungry)....

JUDY - posted on 03/28/2011

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well in my house we have a rule when it comes to eating .......
You must try it at least one time before you can say yo don't like it... so even if she say she don't like it and has never tasted it she must taste it......more than likely she'll like it....or try to be fun tell her not to smell the food and hold her nose then taste it if she likes it then tell her "you see just because it stinks doesn't mean it does not taste good".....hey if not try the old fashion way tell thats what there is to eat.. (she will not let her self starve) trust me after a few times she will eat it .... unless she truly doesnt like it

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