Katherine - posted on 05/06/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )
A day we cannot wait for. Until then, these are some of the things parents of picky eaters have done to get their kid to eat. Even just one more bite. Judge not lest you have a superbly picky eater as well.
Feed them cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner because it's the only thing he'll eat.
Keep the TV on for all meals because for some reason watching Super Why gives your kid an appetite -- or just zombie enough to open mouth when you put food in front of her.
Let them sit on your lap since that's the only way they'll eat.
Try the Alicia Silverstone "ABC" food method.
Make the characters in books "eat" the food first so child thinks it's cool when the Lorax "munches" on fish and so she eats it as well. Just be sure to wipe book off after.
Dip everything in yogurt since yogurt is the only thing the child will eat.
Dip everything in ice cream.
You've heard of hiding broccoli in things like pizza, but when that doesn't work, you get creative and hide things in cookies.
Painstakingly cut food into fun shapes or arrangements.
Call spaghetti "worms" or beans "fart machines" and laugh your way through hopefully at least a few bites.
Stay at the table for an hour or more if that's what it takes to get child to eat.
Make up elaborate stories about the food complete with song, high fives, and dancing if that's what it takes.
Not flinching when they eat something off the floor only because hey, she's eating something!
Remember, I'm not saying to try all these things, but these are things parents have tried, mostly to little long-term success. Picky eating is just one of those stresses we may have to wait for our kid to grow out of.
Fess up! What questionable things have you tried to get your picky eater to eat?