My 18 month old will not eat

Katie - posted on 05/15/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have an 18 month old boy who developmentally is about 2 months behind (just starting to walk, crawled at 14 months, doesn't say more than a few words). He started table food just a couple months ago. He will not eat any vegetables or fruit other than applesauce. He's basically been surviving on the same foods: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, crackers, milk, beefaroni, mac and cheese, whole wheat fig newton bars, oatmeal, cheerios and chicken. None of these foods are that bad for him, not really "junk food" (I don't like to give him much sugary things or fried food) but I know he isn't getting the right nutrients with fruits and vegys. He is starting to not want peanut butter and jelly anymore, and that scares me because that's his main source of healthy fats and protein. When I give him something unfamiliar, he will sit there and wine, cry and even slam his head into the back of the highchair until he's just a blubbering mess. I've tried taking him from the high chair, waiting an hour, and trying again, and the same thing repeats itself every time. AFter enough of this, when he's finally starving, he is just so upset and tired and weak, I can't get him to eat anything at all. It's so hard to know what to do. Help!

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The best piece of advice that I was given in regards to my eldest (now 12) over food was don't make it a battle ground. He is probably picking up that you are stressed when it comes to his meal times. It could be worth, giving him something that he likes eating, with a bit of his favourites. Make what you can from scratch so that his food isn't overly processed.

Worth pureeing/mashing up stuff so that he isn't aware of what he's eating. Found the most useful one for vegetables is soup with my girls - who are quite a bit older than your son, but the only way I can get them to eat lots of veg without realising exactly what I've put in it.

As for trying new things - do it slowly maybe something along the lines of 1/2 per week until he gradually increases his range of food. Also let him see that you enjoy your food as well. If needs be let him have some food from your plate (certainly get the impression that most children think food of someone else's plate is soo uch better than food on their own plate!!!)

Katherine - posted on 05/17/2012

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I also found this.

Green puree. From The Sneaky Chef comes this recipe for a puree of healthy greens like spinach, broccoli, and peas. It can then be baked into lasagna.

Veggie smoothie. One surefire way to make veggies go down quick is to juice them up with some fruit to make a smoothie. This solution from Divas Who Cook has a veggie even I'm not keen on but is one of the healthiest around: Kale. But add fruit like blackberries, and the kale tastes sweet.

Glazed carrots. Nothing like adding brown sugar to your carrots to make 'em more tasty.

Caramelized broccoli. The secret to making even broccoli haters love it? Cooking it at high heat until it caramelizes. Then add some butter and cheese.

http://thestir.cafemom.com/food_party/13...

Katherine - posted on 05/17/2012

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I just read a post with a similar situation. Can you sneak carrots into his mac and cheese? Shave them or puree them and mix them in? He may not know the difference if he doesn't see you doing it. Also try the book Deceptively Delicious. It's all about sneaking good food into meals.

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