What are some ways I can get my son to eat fruit?

Stoneka - posted on 02/22/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My son will not eat any fruit besides bananas. How can I get him to eat other fruits?

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Susan - posted on 03/01/2011

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Give something to dip it in. All kids love to dip. Apples and pears are great with peanut butter. Yogurt makes a wonderful nutritious dip. Even pudding.

Alexandra - posted on 02/24/2011

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The best way to do it is to replace one of his banana servings with berries or some other fruit. Don't give him a choice. If he is really hungry, he will eat it. If not, then he doesn't really need a banana either.

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Suzi - posted on 03/08/2011

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I agree with "don't give him a choice" also Children these days get too many choices and if they know they can pick and choose what to eat they will do that and be persistent. I have a picky eater middle child. Good thing they all love fruits, is the other healthy food I am having hard time to make her eat. Make real fruit juices (without adding too much sugar) can be an alternative.

Olga - posted on 03/07/2011

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My daughter has been going through a no eating veg stage. I started offering her frozen peas and corn to snack on. What about you try frozen berrys? Might be worth a try. Or whip them all up into a smoothie.

Sarah - posted on 03/02/2011

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Thankfully I don't have this problem with mine, but do you eat the fruit you are trying to offer your son in front of him? My kiddo seems to like most all fruits and veggies and its possible its because I would eat them with her when she first started and talk about how yummy it tasted. Good luck!

Brenda - posted on 03/02/2011

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If he likes bananas, you could try mixing other kinds of fruits with the bananas to see if that will work. Kind of like a mini fruit salad. Start with more banana and little other fruit, and then gradually add a little more of the other fruit as he starts to eat it. You may even want to mash it up so he doesnt see the other fruit, just the banana. I have also found that by making it look pretty that also helps. For instance, make a smiley face with it. You could use the banana for the mouth, maybe a strawberry for the nose, and perhaps grapes for the eyes. I would cut the grapes in half however because they can be a choking hazard depending on the age of the child. I hope this helps.

Natasha - posted on 03/01/2011

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I personally use the Juice Master to juice at least five different fruits together and get my two kids to drink it. Or when you have time get stuck in making a fruit salad with your child!

Jenn - posted on 03/01/2011

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Try putting raspberries on his little fingers - my 2 year old loves putting one on top of each finger and then eating them off. Another idea: When we arrive a the grocery store and she's riding in the cart, I'll start in the produce aisle and let her eat blueberries or raspberries out of the carton as we walk through the store (I then sometimes just pay for the empty container :-). Feels like a treat, I guess.

Bhawna - posted on 03/01/2011

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try milk shakes with different fruits (banana, strawberries, mango, apple, peach, papaya), you can also try fruit custard ; fruit cream, home made fruit yogurt etc.

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My daughter loves dried fruit - you can get good stuff from Trader Joe's - dried cranberries, blueberries are great!

Jasminka - posted on 03/01/2011

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try to tell him a story with fruits as characters in the story - it is fun!!! include him in the story as well and tell him that for example the fork is the dragon, he is the knight and stuff like that...I tried and it worked :))

Loretta - posted on 03/01/2011

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I've heard it can take up to 17 exposures to a new food before a child likes it. So don't force him to eat anything--just make it available. Put a little on his plate or mix it in with banana slices and one day he may just try it and like it!

Elaina - posted on 02/28/2011

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i agree with the "dont give him a choice" .. u should never force your child to eat the whole thing but always make them try it at least once every so often.. taste buds change and his will too!

Leslie - posted on 02/28/2011

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What about smoothies, really colorful ones. I prefer doing things the natural way- no squeezes, no gels, I will say the Leather fruit which I believe you can find at anyfood store by the organic aisle is really yummo- they also sell them sat Costco(I think). Smoothies or blende into yogurt is also a great "dessert" type of fix ;)

Alison - posted on 02/28/2011

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*Make little faces with fruit pieces.
*Mix a can of pumpkin puree with a cake mix for some vitamin packed cupcakes
*Fruit smoothies (any frozen fruit + vanilla soy milk)
*try frozen grapes, their like candy!

Kelly - posted on 02/26/2011

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my son also doesnt eat fruit but loves the fruit puree in the squeezeable packs. i buy those and he doesnt know the difference. I also knwo he needs to get use to the texture of fruit but im not going to push him at the moment as long as i know im getting fruit into him

Marilou - posted on 02/24/2011

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In my own idea, I rather blend the fruits to make a fruit shake with some milk and sugar since my kids won't eat the whole fruit.. they only like to eat bananas and mangoes.. others will be in a form of fruit shake

Kerry - posted on 02/23/2011

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I feel your pain! I buy "Ella's" or "Plum" organic squeezable fruits for tots. They are sold at BuyBuy Baby, Babiesrus or diapers.com. My son LOVES them! They come in stages and age groups just like baby food. Good luck!

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