Does anyone have tips on how to get my very picky 12 month old to eat new things?

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Amanda - posted on 01/05/2009

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does your child feed him self or are you feeding them? If you are still feeding them let them try feeding them selves, And if they are feeding themselves, try letting them dip thier food. Dips don't have to be anything fancy. We dip in yogart and apple sause, or every kids favorite ketchup. And just because you might think it will tast horrible... apple sause on chicken nuggets, or peanut butter on french fries, Let them eat it.. it tends to give them independance

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Peggy - posted on 01/05/2009

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I cooked veggies in chicken both, and my son was more likely to eat them. I also hid them in grilled cheese. Finally he got a taste for them.

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Ursula - posted on 01/06/2009

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First of all, don't give up.  Keep offering a variety of foods prepared in a variety of ways.  I believe it is very important to not get into food battles ever with children, no matter what their age.  I didn't want food to become an issue of power and control in our family.  So, I never forced food on my little ones or even made them finish the dish/jar of food.  Even little ones need to learn when they feel full, and we should respect that.   Children's likes dislikes change over time.  Just be positive, respect their wished, and keep trying.  I heard somewhere children need to be exposed to a type of food 200+ times sometimes before they like it.  If you only have healthy nutritious choices and they don't get to filled up on junk, they will get hungry and eat.  Be patient and positive about food. : )  Also, my 4 kids are excellent eaters, and I often get compliments about it. 

Sarah - posted on 01/06/2009

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ps- sometimes I have to tell my daughter the new food is actually something she already is familiar with. I called "turkey" chicken because I knew she'd like it, the new term just threw her off. Then when she was comfortable with it, introduce the new name. I don't like to lie to her, but I just want her to at least try.

Sarah - posted on 01/06/2009

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I agree to keep introducing the food over and over. You may have to offer a food 20 times before it is accepted, just offer in small amounts so it's not intimidating and you won't waste food if it's rejected. My philosophy is to encourage a child to try a new food but not force it. If it's something that you can dip into something like ketchup or light dressing, that can help too! There are many cookbooks available that help disguise foods into other foods so picky eaters don't even realize it, such as cooking grated vegetables into pasta sauce. The taste doesn't change, but the child still gets the nutritional benefits. I think if you are able to prevent the issue from becoming a power struggle, your child will grow out of it. Just keep at it!

Sarah - posted on 01/05/2009

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12 months is a hard age b/c it's such a transition time from baby food to table food. A few things to keep in mind. At each meal have something that he likes and something less desirable that you would like him to eat. If he's feeding himself, just put it on his plate, if you are feeding him, try alternating. Our eldest is our pickiest, but what we have always held to in our home is clean your plate if you want dessert. If you don't want to eat it, fine, but it's your choice to forfeit dessert. When they are little we just said, okay, no snack. if they she didn't finish lunch then no snack until dinner, etc... now my children are 8, 6, 3. we rarely have snacks at all and they all eat very well. i agree with the earlier post that making sure your child is hungry is a very helpful and keep offering the food. It took years before my daughter liked broccoli or meatloaf, now she loves them. also we use very small portions in our home. a few green beans is a serving, so make sure your expectations are not too high.

April - posted on 01/05/2009

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Try using recipes from a book by Jessica Seinfeld...they are great and I have very picky boys they hate anything that can be considered good for them...they eat all the recipes and they have no idea that they veggies are even in their food.....best buy I ever made...

Tammy - posted on 01/05/2009

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my daughter (now 7) was very picky when she was little, dr told me to put her food on her plate and leave it, she will eat it if she is hungy, Her dr assured me that she would not starve. Sure enough, now she loves just about everything Including ALL VEGGIES!!

Jennifer - posted on 01/05/2009

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Okay, we live in Tucson and love Mexican food. To get our 3 year olds to try something, we tell them it's what Diego and Dora eat in Mexico and they'll try it.

Rena - posted on 01/05/2009

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with my boys I found that I had to introduce the same foods repeatedly over a few weeks or so. They may have hated it the first 10 times then all of a sudden they liked it! If your baby is still eating jarred foods, switch him to reg foods. I always gave my children the same thing we were eating unless it wasn't a healthy meal, like pizza. They enjoyed the flavor of "real food" over any baby or toddler foods. Just be consistant, too young to worry about it at this point. You may just have to play games and hide the food within other foods right now. It will come in time. As they get older, you can deal with it in other ways. My children were never given the option to not eat what I made for dinner. No chicken nuggets and mac n cheese only in my house. I have sat and watched my 4 year old sitting at the dinner table for an hour an a half, not eat , then go to bed w/out his supper. He only did it one time! Now I am glad to say that both of my kids eat almost anything. I do know the things that they truly dont like, so i dont make them eat that.

Becky-jo - posted on 01/05/2009

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if he has a favourite food he likes to eat, bring it on his/her plate, maybe he/she will feel more comfy around other foods on the dish. then try mix it with other things on his/or her plate. Sometimes it takes 20x for a child to try something new.it is alot but seeing pattern and routine they like will be familiar for him to try. if tat don't work let him touch and have fun with the food. he might just try it, and like it.

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Depends on what you mean as "picky". I've dealt with 3 kids who all got a little fussy over some foods. Usually, not making a big deal over it and waiting until they're good and hungry will help. Games ("here comes the choo-choo", etc) work well at that age. As they get older, having them help prepare the food can help too.

That said, I do have one child who was more than "picky". She had real issues with taste, smell, and especially textures. (She never even ate rice cereal!) I aimed for a balanced week's worth of meals, rather than each meal being balanced. Even with that, she spent her first 6 years eating little more than string cheese, peanut butter on a spoon, toast, Pop Tarts (yes, Pop Tarts!), pancakes, yogurt, milk, and cherry Capri-Sun. Now that she's 9 she has outgrown most of it and eats nearly everything, but it sure was a pain in the neck those early years to have to bring along our own food for her everywhere we went. Now that she's old enough to articulate her issues, things are easier. She has made it clear that her biggest problem was texture.

Keep an eye on it. Despite what all the parenting books say it IS possible to raise a healthy kid on a limited, junk--filled diet. It just requires a LOT of extra vigilance. Hopefully, your little one is just going through a faze or simply dislikes a few certain foods. If that's the case, then do what I did with my older three...make 'em try it a couple times and if it's really something you baby doesn't like, don't serve it again. Good luck!

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