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Elizabeth - posted on 09/28/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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i need some help with my 4 year old. i am havin problem with her not trying new foods like vegies and some meats. any ideas on how i can get her to try them without her pushing them off her plate everyday?

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Michele - posted on 10/01/2010

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I have not read what others have said, so forgive me if I repeat what someone else has suggested. What about, making a game out of it. what I mean by this is, maybe finding some vegetable pictures and or toys like veggie tales ( the video's) or show. and helping them to understand how good and healthy they are. sit down with a little bowl yourself beside your child and eat with him/her smiling really big and getting really excited about eating that food. I have learned from watching and helping friends and family with their children children love to mimic adults behaviors and actions. on another matter I will say, if a child just does NOT like something I personally dont think its a good idea to FORCE so to say for them to eat it. because it will cause other potential problems. I am a new mom so My advice is just that Advice based on how I may handle it. its hard being a parent no matter what level or stage your at. HUGS and Hope it helps.

Tiffany - posted on 10/01/2010

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DO the two bite rule. She may not know that if she doesnt like it she doesnt have to eat them. Give her the new foods on a plate of things she likes and tell her she needs to try one or two bites and if she doesnt like it you will be proud of her for at least trying Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 10/01/2010

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My four year old goes through picky stages too, but we reward with desserts or treats if she eats everything. Sometimes she also says she doesn't like things she has liked before, and we just make her eat, otherwise she goes to bed with no show and no dessert while her sister gets to stay up.

We don't really let our children have a choice unless its something that has made them sick like spinach.

Our kids eat a wide array of different fruits and veggies now like beets, corn, green beans, salad, carrots, cucumbers, peas, tomatoes, mangos, apples, cantaloupe, pineapples.

Just be persistent and reward them when they do well =)

Aimee - posted on 10/01/2010

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try mixin the veg in with other foods ie mash i had to do that with 1 of my babys and after that he eat veg all the time good luck

Heather - posted on 09/30/2010

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My sister told her son that everything was something that he liked. Like meatloaf was a hamburger without the bun, and that all chicken was chicken nuggets. That worked with pork too. Between that and a LOT of katchup, he started eating meat.

Rebecca - posted on 09/30/2010

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make them into different shapes use food dye to change the color. Use Bento boxes to change it up for her. Pedialite is a great suppliment after meals to make sure she is getting enouh. Remeber she is 4 and will eat when she is hungy. I have a 4 year old and I think it may just be a stage they go through.

Samantha - posted on 09/30/2010

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Mash them up in her food so she cant see them once she gets use to the taste then try again

Heather - posted on 09/29/2010

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I always with my 4 kids have if tryin to get them to eat new foods,plus I have done this with some of my friends kids,try it first and then get them to,even brib them. And never use eww and yuck about any food,no matter how horrible it is.

Aisling - posted on 09/29/2010

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in the creche were i worked. the chef there use to blend all the vegies down into the gravy. the kids were loving it and didnt even know what they were getting. i tried it at home and it worked.good luck !!

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I found that hiding them in the foods they liked worked wonders. My oldest are 8 and 6 and they both love salad. But swore up and down that they would never ever eat leaf spinach(which is what I use for my salads) One day I slipped some in there salads and now they love spinach. Casseroles help cuz its easy to hide foods in. Even Ravioli. After they have eaten it and like it then tell them whats in it.

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i would at least insist she try a specific #of bites of it like 2 or something.. then let her know if she does she can pick her after meal treat, also let her watch you enjoy them!

Kristina - posted on 09/28/2010

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Make it fun, try making them into animals or something that she likes. Be creative!!

Stephanie - posted on 09/28/2010

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I really agree with the idea of the kids helping in the kitchen! My two older boys (3 & 5) help out all the time and I see a huge difference in their willingness to try new things when they have been envolved in the entire process of making the food. My three year old helps stir, measure and pour and and my five year old has learned to safely peel carrots (with a carrot peeler not a knife) grate zuchini, and even brown hamburger (with supravision). Before I started having them cook with me my older son was VERY anti veggies (even gagged to the point of vomiting with peas once) last night (after peeling the carrots and stiring the pot) he ate a big bowl of chicken veggie soup with no prompting and said "I like Vegetables! They're great aren't they mom?!"

Vanessa - posted on 09/28/2010

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With meats - I had to start with a lot of casseroles! My son would eat mince etc, but refused the chewy stuff! So I slow cooked in the oven til the meat was so tender and once he discovered he liked the tastes he was fine!
Look for patties etc - that have veggies hidden in them and then smother the lot in tomato sauce!
Good luck it's not easy!

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I bribe my kids with treats. If they try it and don't like it fine and I will reward them after dinner with cookies or fruit snacks.

Jamie - posted on 09/28/2010

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Ttry making new foods a fun thing with her. Maybe a game or make a decoration with her food. i always told my daugter that she had to try one bit and if she didn;t like it then i wouldn't make her eat it agian. then i would move on to something else. but 9 times out of 10 she liked what i gave her.

Hailey - posted on 09/28/2010

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Maybe still give her a plate of food you know she will like but on the same plate put a little bit of what you want her to try. Don't make a fuss of the new food or give any comment on it, if she asks what it is tell her, or any questions she has but dont respond to anything bad she says about it. I heard it takes a while for older kids to try new foods and if she sees new foods on their plate every day then maybe one day she will try one and suprise herself that they love it. Dont worry about pushing them off her plate, it takes ages, hang in there. Or put your mind at rest and blend them and put them in a sauce too, bit sneeky i know :) When you go shopping get her to pick one new veg to try, let her carry round, pay for it, it may even get nibbled at on the way round. My son ate a raw broccoli once in the trolley, bit embarrasing at the checkout but at least it was one of his five a day!

September - posted on 09/28/2010

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Get her involved in the picking out and cooking of the meals. Maybe that will work. Good luck!

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