Toddler only drinks and eats snack type food

Lacey - posted on 03/11/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 21 month old refuses all meats except turkey bacon and won't touch veggies or fruit. He was using a spoon to eat until 15 months and now refuses that as well. He is a normal weight and gets many smoothies with nutrients. He doesn't like the feel of many foods mainly veggies, fruit and scrambled eggs. Like he is grossed out by the touch of them. He was a late tether with 1st tooth at 13 months and to date has 9 teeth total. Any suggestions or relatable experiences?

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Jodi - posted on 03/14/2013

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Why are you allowing him to eat that crap you listed? Why did you allow him to start eating it in the first place? Just stop buying it. Of course he's going to only want to eat that if you keep buying it for him!

Janice - posted on 03/14/2013

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I don't understand why a child that age even knows what things like chips taste like. Or why his primary source of nutrition is smoothies.This is not a criticism, I'm just curious. I have five bio children and fostered about 40 kids, and pretty much all of them have periods where they get fidgety about textures. However, nearly ALL will eat real food when they get hungry. If you offer garbage, they will eat it. Unless the child has a true sensory integration disorder, I would ditch the junk food and smoothies.

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Genny - posted on 03/15/2013

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I will tell you that some moms feel one way..but as a mother of a 17 year old extremely athletic son..some kids dont like textures..to this day and since the time he was 3..he will not eat "mushy"..no bread, no potatos..the list goes on. My doctor years ago told me to just be sure he ate..he takes vitamins, etc..he is muscular ..almost 6 ft and very athletic. Just be patient and do what you think is best. Everything works out.

Emma - posted on 03/14/2013

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Hi, I don't know much about diagnosed conditions such as sensory adversion so not sure if my advise will help...but my son would never try mashed potato and I presumed because of the texture (he would heave sometimes) but that didn't stop me from offering it him. I'd read that when introducing new foods, if your child seems to not like it, it doesn't mean they definitely won't, as some foods take time to get used to...so I would still offer him the mashed potato once a week with our meals and would encourage him to try just one spoonful. Eventually he just started eating it himself...don't get me wrong, this took AGES...like months...from him being 2-3. But I tried not to make it a big deal out of it and he did get used to it. I think it might be best not to introduce too many things he doesn't like at once as it can be overwhelming for young children. Mabey start to replace one of his daily smoothies with food instead. It's a difficult one to answer when you don't know the child as all children are individuals and one thing might not work with all children. Good luck to you though!

Lacey - posted on 03/14/2013

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He know because we have tried everything in the cabinet just to see what he will touch and yes they say he has a sensory adversion to certain textures. He has been exposed to everything and he is a strong, and healthy child, says the pediatrician, I just say he's perfect

Lacey - posted on 03/13/2013

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The doctor has been following this since 15 months and he is in feeding therapy. I am new to this site and was just trying to get relatable stories from other moms. Thank you Evelyn and we are a working on it and for now he does keep his smoothies to make sure he keeps his weight right and gets nutrient in real fruits and veggies(since only way he can).

Evelyn - posted on 03/13/2013

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Tis time to get off those smoothies. He needs to be eating solids like regular veggies, fruits, breads, grains, meats, and other things. He needs his milk of course. Giving him chips, puffs, crackers and things like that will not be nutrictional for him. And if he is not eating it, put it away and give it to him next time to eat. He has to learn that life is not smoothies and liquids. IT is not healthy to use just smoothies. They do not replace real foods. And if he is having sensory issues you need to get him to his doctor for testing to see why he won't use the spoon or like the textures of foods.

Lacey - posted on 03/11/2013

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He is drinking smoothies-a breakfast one with oatmeal, a lunch one with fruit purée and dinner with veggie purée. Then milk at night and juice with his lunch. I will get him a little juice or milk (watered down) when he expresses he gets thirtsy

Lacey - posted on 03/11/2013

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Jodi- snacks like sweet potato chips, Pringles, puffs, graham crackers and regular crackers then the bacon basically crunchy stuff

Jodi - posted on 03/11/2013

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What do you mean he eats snack "type" food. What will he eat? And what is he drinking?

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