Picky eater

Chrissy - posted on 09/27/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my son is 4. I heard at this age they are picky eaters. My biggest propblem is dinner. I put down a plate and he says "I don't like it" Yep he didn't even try it. Just wondering what other moms are doing if they are having this problem. We tell him that he has to at least take 1 bite of everything.
HELP!

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Vicky - posted on 09/29/2010

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My 3 year old is so picky that he will throw his plate/food at me if there is anything he doesn't like the look of, I have now got quick at moving it away and he goes without anything at all, at bedtime I will offer him a bowl of plain cereal if he hasn't had anything at all during the day. He has no snacks at all and only has a pudding if he has eaten at least half of what is put on his plate. He does clear his plate when he gets pasta or chicken dippers , chips and spagetti so tend to stick with these sort of things 5 days a week and try others on 2 split nights so doesn't go hungry to long. Good luck think its a battle of wills with this one with any child.

Staci - posted on 09/29/2010

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I give them choices - put 2 veggies on the plate, for example, and they must finish one of them. I think part of it is control and so if they have an option, they don't feel like they're totally giving all the control away.

Courtney - posted on 09/27/2010

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I had a picky eater in my 13 year old. Now she eats great, even loves the veggies she use to spit at me! :) I had to find some creative was to sneak in good stuff, like pureeing carrot and mixing them in mashed potatoes, she loved that they were orangeish and you couldn't even tell. Or I'd put very small pieces of veggies in pasta sauce. I would also let her help make the food, she seemed to want to eat more if she helped make it. I also got special plates, bowls and silverware that were colorful and just for HER! One more thing you might try is, the sticker system. If your son does well at dinner, he can put a sticker up on a paper you keep on the frig. once her gets a certain amount (you pick) he gets to pick a surprise out of the basket. I kept mine on top of the frig and put a bunch of dollar store toys in it. Karson couldn't wait to do what she needed to get to those toys. I potty trained my little boy so fast with that sticker system, it works great. Good luck, it does get better! :)

Chrissy - posted on 09/27/2010

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thanks. Yeah I heard it too..they won't starve. I am trying to give him 1 snack between lunch and dinner. Maybe that will help. Thanks for your comment!

Candy - posted on 09/27/2010

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Yeah been there oh no wait I am still there. I have a 6 yr. that still trys me. She even went 2 days of not eating just to prove she could and she was 2 at the time. It is hard and I have to say mine has gotten better on her own. We do say she has to take a bit of everything. Or we give her a very little bit of everything she has to eat it all then she can have more of the thing she like the most. I just cant stand to see her not eat. Of course I have been told "she want starve" "she will eat when she is hungry" I dont believe it. My kid is different.They dont know my baby. I do what I have told you and I limit snacks. It does get better. It has gotten alot better since she was 2. Good Luck.

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