How can I get my three year old to eat what we cook him for dinner!?

Becky - posted on 11/15/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

3

20

0

I do not know how to get my son to at least try new foods!

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Kristy - posted on 11/15/2009

33

29

5

I think it's all about the habits you create. If you only buy and fill your house with certain foods (fruits, veggies, etc.) then there will be nothing more to serve except what you have. I have a 7-year-old and a 2 1/2-year-old--both are wonderful eaters. I make the same meal for everyone in the family (no restaurant here)...I don't force, argue, or make a big deal about what they are served. If they say they don't want it or like it, I just simply say..."well that's too bad because it is really yummy...I'm not going to make you eat if you are not hungry or don't like something...but you need to understand that this is all there is for dinner and mommy is not making anything else...you can leave the table when you are done..." I've also tried to bargain with them to get new foods in their mouth...I line M&M's up in front of them and for every bite of a new food they may follow it with one M&M. I also read somewhere that you should offer the same food to your child up to 30 times before you offically allow them to say they don't like it (and you stop serving it to them), because children under 10 years old have everchanging tastebuds...so what they don't like this week, they may love next week. I've also included my children in the preparation of meals...they seem to enjoy eating them after they've helped make them. This is always tricky, so good luck with your picky eater.

Kendal - posted on 11/16/2009

15

29

1

If he is hungrey enough he will eat anything!! I never force my lil one (21 months) to eat but if he dosent eat what we give him i keep it in the fridge till he says " eat eat" then i pull it back out! it works! my son is not nearly as picky as he used to be! Also try to hide veggies in stuff that he will eat like pasta or breads ie biskits or corn bread! It helps if they dont know what they are eating!

[deleted account]

I dish up in very small amounts , enough for the kids to finish everything. Once that's done , they can have whatever they want for 2nds. But they don't get ANYTHING else unless they ate what was on their plates.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

18 Comments

View replies by

Patricia - posted on 11/20/2009

1

1

0

My son is 25mths and will only eat puree food still will not eat any solid food which is frustrating me wont eat chicken, meat and vegies on there own. He only eats hot chips as a whole funny thing is he loves chips from macas or kfc but wont eat chips i cook at home. Will he ever grow out of it as its really getting to me. I will need to see the doc for it. Im so worried as im in the kitchen constantly making up foods for him to try but wont have a bar of it.

Anne - posted on 11/19/2009

40

8

2

I have the same issue with my oldest and now starting with my youngest. So i know its frustrating cus they don't want to eat what you cooked, but we now tell her that she has to at least try everything once and if she still doesn't want it that's fine but she ends up with a glass of milk and a sandwich either turkey or ham with cheese. we`re also starting to buy healthier snakes so instead of regular ice cream we get frozen yogurt. In the end some days it works others it doesn't but you can never give up also we have caitlyne take a Flintstones vitamin for picky eaters once a day to make sure she gets some of what she needs.

Robyn - posted on 11/19/2009

9

45

0

let him help prepare, either laying the table or maybe helping make the food. make the food look fun, bland boring foods noone really likes to eat. try making snail sandwiches. roll the bread out then add the fillings and roll it up. kids are more likely to eat if it looks appealing or if theres some kind of game or reward to it :)

Alex - posted on 11/18/2009

10

6

0

Start with something small when he is already in a good mood. Don't make a big deal out of it, just simply ask. If he doesn't take the new food, don't freak. Wait a few minutes and try again. Or try again next time you eat or a few days later, judge from your son's personality. And don't forget bribery! If I want my daughter to try something or finish something on her plate, I usually say to her "If you eat this, you can have a fruit cup after". Sometimes an M&M works, or Jellybean, or whatever else. My daughter loves fruit and veggies a lot so I use that a lot. Hope this helps!

Morgan - posted on 11/17/2009

195

50

30

And in answer to your question Becky generally not always if they see you eat it they will. If there is something you don't like but your husband does or vice versa still serve it. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean they won't. For example I don't really like fish but my hubby does and so do both my girls 10 months and 23 months. And never tell them you don't like it just let them try it. If you want him to try a vegetable try adding cheese or if it is raw try giving him dip kids love to dip. Fruits give them yougurt to dip it in. Most kids love to dip and you can dip anything try offering a dip. My cousin has a son who won't try new things and they had to take him to the doctor and the doctor suggested dips and he also has to try at least a teaspoon of something new before he can leave the table even if it means sitting there for an hour or more. And I have also read that if they won't eat it put it away for a bit then offer it again and if they still won't give them a glass of milk.

Morgan - posted on 11/17/2009

195

50

30

Let's not start a fight everyone has their opinion on how to do things and they have the right to their opinion. If you don't have anything nice or anything helpful to say on this topic please leave it off here.

Alicia - posted on 11/17/2009

8

42

0

First of all stand your ground on only giving them what you already made and not letting them convinse you to make something different or special for them, because they will take advantage of that. But also, make it fun, my 2 yr old loves for me to make faces on his food with ketchup or whatever it is we're having they just eat it so much better and easier when it looks interesting or fun. Try using kid character plates, my son loves mickey mouse so i got him the whole set plate, spoon, fork, cup, bowl and he will eat up almost anything i serve him in it, also the zoo pals disposables work wonders, my daughter loved those when she was smaller and that was how i got her to eat whatever i gave her. Also, if at times that doesn't work, try talking them into it, for example I start talking about some of my son's favorite characters and then compare them by telling him, " well look at how strong spider man is and how high he climes but it's because he eats alot of yummy food , I wonder if you can run as fast as him or grow muscles as big as his if you try some of this food" it usually does the trick, and for the rest of the day, he's spider man or whoever I used as the example that day. Well, GOOD LUCK HOPE SOME OF THIS CAN HELP, EVEN IF JUST A LITTLE!

Lisa - posted on 11/16/2009

79

49

6

to michelle do you ever read some of the boxes or even chef boyardee it has vegetables in it and they hid it.
i just say make it fun for them i wouldnt give them m&ms then they will always expect that.

[deleted account]

With him not wanting to try new things , I taught my (step)kids that they are NOT allowed to spit. So I gave them new things and told them , if you don't like it , you may spit it out. Because their mother doesn't give them new things to try , they were also reluctant to do it at our house , but now they are so adventurous in trying new things.

Christina - posted on 11/15/2009

12

17

0

well, just make it look fun, make a face out of it or something. make sure they see you eating and know it's ok and it tastes good. i've always told my boys that i dont like it but they can try it. and if they didnt like it they didnt have to eat it anymore and i wouldnt make it for them anymore.

Michelle - posted on 11/15/2009

16

22

2

Not so sure, I'm still working on it with my 2 year old (who will be 3 Dec. 1) It just never happens....Let me know when you find out.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms