Help please I cant get daughter to eat fruit!

Anne-Maree - posted on 06/13/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )




We have tried all the normal of eating it with her she thinks this is just a joke and will be quite happy to sit with you feeding you but wont take even a little herself! I know that it is not about solids as she will eat meat no problems at all! Please help how do i get her to eat fruit?


Khadijah - posted on 06/13/2010




How old is she? I have 16 month old twin girls. I haven't had to deal with this much as they have loved fruits and veggies from the very start and I made it a point to steer clear of meat until I knew they prefered the fruits and veggies over the meats. One of my girls do prefer potatoes but she'll eat other veggies too.

However, a good tactic to try, is mixing! For instance...if she likes raisans, mixed it with diced apples as a snack. Also try other dried fruits which tend to be sweeter. My girls love raisans and craisans. Try flavored applesauce too. I buy my girls the Healthy Harvest Summer strawberry, Granny Smith apple, mango peach, etc. Try yogurt with fruit in it. For the veggies, try whole wheat pasta (or any pasta that she likes) with garden veggie sauce. The veggies are usually diced smaller so they can eat them with ease.

Good Luck

Natasha - posted on 06/13/2010




How old is she?
My son is 16 months and I have two nephews of 2yrs & 2 hlf yrs. All of them would eat anything as a buba but since they all turned 1 they got picky with their food. They have all become fans of Sportacus from Lazy Town and when they refuse to eat fruit & veg we say 'oh look sportacus is eating his apple .. ect'. It took some time but now they love it & hardly ever play up with food. Your daughter may not become a fan of sportacus but Stephanie (Lazy Town) is a good example too. It may sound silly but it could work.


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Traci - posted on 07/06/2010




It took my daughter Ella, several times of trying before she liked even watermelon...its new, so of course they are not going to eat it right away. Sometimes I mix up berries and bananas with some frozen yogurt...she loves it. :)

Carly - posted on 07/05/2010




It might be too sweet for her taste. What fruits have you tried? Maybe something a little more mild like pear, banana or cantalope would be good? Watermelon too, it's pretty mild. It is that she wants to feed herself? Cut it up and let her fork it maybe, sort of make it fun?

The applesauce idea is great too, my son loves those healthy harvest applesauces, especially the strawberry banana one, but it is really sweet.

Isabella - posted on 07/04/2010




maybe try fruit sticks...from the health food section in the supermarket or fruity son sees them more like a lolly whereas when i give him whole fruits/cut the fruit....he is a little offish however my son is different in the way that he eventually eats it after i continuously offering it to him through the day. i cut a very small piece of apple try to give that to him (keep offering to him every min for 10 mins) and have the rest in the fridge...half hour later i will cut the coloured layer off the apple from being in the fridge and cut a fresh piece and again try to give that to him but i throw the apple away or eat it myself if he doesnt eat it within the two hours.he is now a fan of apple but still not banana...he also loves oranges.mandarine, grape, lemon i guess its the getting used to the taste of different fruits that the child has to get used to.
your child will get there soon...good luck :)

User - posted on 07/03/2010




i make these shakes w/fruit, milk and throw in a little frozen veggies or purree some first (make it in the blender). maybe try that ?

Vicki - posted on 06/25/2010




Have you tried the Dole fruit cups? My daughter especially loves the mixed fruit in light syrup WITHOUT cherries. LOL Also maybe she would like the V-8 fusion juice. It has fruits and veggies, I tried this to get my daughter to eat veggies. Maybe the opposite would work for fruit? Does she like tomatos or carrots? Maybe use tomato or carrot juice and slowly add in apple or pear juice? Good luck

Bethany - posted on 06/24/2010




I have recently read an article about fruitaphobes. It suggested a slow process of desensitisation.

One day having the whole fruit to hold and look at and talk about, for a minute or two, then put it away. You might mention it if you come across it in her books.

After a few days of that, cutting a sliver of the fruit in front of her and doing the same thing, no mouthing, just touching and talking and smelling, for a minute or so, then put it away.

Next few days, move on to licking and kissing the sliver of fruit, but not puting it in her mouth (though she just might, and that's ok) then put it away.

After another day or so, you hide a sliver in your cheek and say Where has it gone? then take it out again and show her, and help her do the same thing.

Another day, take a tiny bite of a sliver and eat it and help her do the same, she'll be modelling you.

Hopefully, she will be familiar enough with the fruit to maybe be eating little bits of it by then, but if not, keep trying same things, patiently and in a fun spirit.

Sounds tedious, but if you really want her to love fruit, it's worth the couple of apples or pears you might waste. You can always use the wasted fruit in a puree through yoghurt or in a gravy, or eat it yourself. Some kids just have a real aversion to fruit and need little tiny baby steps.

Kelina - posted on 06/24/2010




You could also try the fruit sauce cups for a while. They are unsweetened so that's good, my son loves them and was able to eat them before he aws able to eat a lot of other fruits as they are soft. Good luck!

Kim - posted on 06/23/2010




My daughter also won't eat fruit. She loves veggies and just about everything else but she won't eat fruit pieces. I also reccomend smoothies, she loves those. She likes fruit juice so she has about one glass a day (half juice half water because of the sugar) She also really like applesauce so sometimes I puree other fruits and mix them in. She will also eat the freeze dried fruits that gerber has I think bananas and strawberries are her favorite.
I think with my little one at least it's all about texture I'm sure she'll outgrow it.

Christina - posted on 06/23/2010




My daughter doesn't like a lot of sweets... including fruit. I have bought a couple of the stage 3 mixes, and since have made my own. I use them as dips for breakfast, and as a snack. I am not too worried; she loves her veggies.

Kathryn - posted on 06/22/2010




Hi there. my 16 month old daughter went through this for a wee while until one day her dad got her lunch ready for her and on the plate was apple. I thought there was no way she was going to touch it as she never did when i gave it to her but she did...and she ate it all. We put it down to the way he cut it....whenever I gave it to her I cut it into chunks whereas he cut it into 8ths so the pieces were long and skinny. plus he left the skin on which i didnt do as I had gotten used to peeling it when she didnt have teeth.
So now when she wont eat her fruit I change how I cut. This may or may not work for you but could be worth a try!

Blu - posted on 06/21/2010




I am so blessed bc my daughter eats everything. We love fruits and veggies.

Try smoothies, fruitaday is a drink with fruit pieces in it, try yogurt with fruit like yoplait or make your own with vanilla/plain yogurt and any fruit you'd like.

Try fruit in dinner like pineapples on pizza or tangerine chicken.


Deb - posted on 06/20/2010




My daughter is nearly 16 months and she is the same way. But she will outgrow it. In the meantime it's probably a texture thing. And for my daughter I know sometimes it's just that her gums are sensitive due to more teeth coming in. In the meantime, we have done fruit smoothies with her. She loves them!! Don't put ice cream in it unless you space out bottles quite a bit. I will put things together like strawberries, bananas and peanut butter. She loves it. I've also done strawberries blueberries and yogurt. And strawberries mango and a splash of orange juice mixed with water and ice cubes. I find the frozen fruits are better only because it's nice and cold and helps her gums feel better too! :) Good luck!

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