Not Eating

Olivia - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




My son does not want what I am eating. He is very picky. He likes stuff that is crunchy. He doesn't like warm food. He is even suspicious of food he's tried before. I was buying baby jars up until this month, just to make sure he has some nutrition. I am vegetarian, so I don't have meat in the house, but every opportunity I get at his grandmom's or wherever I try to get him to eat meat. I was buying the meat baby jars but he started rejecting them.

Well, what does he eat? He likes the yogurt drinks, fruit snacks, most hard cereals, applesauce, apples, strawberries, blueberries, wasa crackers, saltines, gerber cereal bars. I give him juice with veggies in it. To my horror he likes black sesame and sea salt potato chips (baked). Again, it's the crunch and the non-messiness.

I need help! I have tried ketchup, but he just won't take any bait. He doesn't want to try anything new. He is healthy and happy. He is teething at the moment, but this has been on ongoing problem.

Any suggestions?


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Olivia - posted on 09/30/2009




thanks, all! i know he will grow out of it some day! he does it lots of fruit and has his milk and juice. he will be fine, but it just so cryptic that he won't eat anything but fruit, crackers, and snacks.

Jesse - posted on 09/30/2009




my daughter is 21mths old and wont eat what i cook her she will only eat baby tin food ive also tired sauces.

so i went to my local health care nurse because i was worried bout the nutrition in the tins also and she said as long as she is eating fruit and drinking lots there is nothing to worri about all children go through a a stage of this and will grow out of it.

hope this helps

Ashley - posted on 09/29/2009




my son is the same way.. I'll just give him something and do whatever so he doesn't think I am watching him.. usually he'lltry it and then realize he likes it.. but kids won't starve themselves and if they are hungry and have no other choice than what is in front of them they will try it.. don't force him to try it cuz I have tried that and it doesn't work only makes him hate it more.. good luck on getting him to try new stuff

Kerry - posted on 09/23/2009




From what I understand, this is pretty normal. My own son has started being the same way lately, and honestly, if he doesn't eat a meal, I'm not too worried because he gets served about 8 meals a day (7, 8, 9, 11, 2:30, 4. 5:30 and 6:30) so if he doesn't eat one, it's not a big deal. The two he skips altogether more often than not is the 4 and the 6:30, and I also don't find it affects how long he sleeps at night.

And like Jenny said, check out peanut butter for a little extra protein (we can't get our son to eat kidney beans or lentils on a good day), and he's been fine with peanuts since he was under a year old, but check with your pediatrician as to how to introduce them. I just tried him with a little bit at first, and watched for a reaction, but my pediatrician had a mixed reaction about my decision to introduce peanuts so early.

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Olivia my daughter is the exact same way, and she NEVER used to be picky, she used to love babyfood vegetables and now she will not touch them!! She also won't eat meat, and I'm not a big meat eater myself. The only thing she will really eat on a regular basis are sandwiches and any type of noodles. I just very recently got her to try chicken. When they say re-try foods over and over until they try it, it really does work.

And I know when other people say to 'give them food, if they don't eat it, take it away and give it back to them when they're hungry again, and if they don't eat it, they dont eat' I had my doubts. I really don't like the idea of my daughter missing a meal either. What I did, I put chicken with her usual foods that she eats, just beside it on the plate. I'd feed her the other food, and left her by herself with the plate of chicken. She wouldn't touch it at first, just sat there in her highchair. The next day she started squishing it in her hands and playing around with it, and low and behold the third day, I caught her nibbling on a little piece. And now she will eat it. Just keep putting it on their plate. Just keep it as leftovers, for a few days and just keep putting it on the plate with the other food, eventually he'll get curious and touch it, play with it and taste it. Leave him in the highchair with the plate of food for a good 45 minutes too.

It sounds liek to me he's getting good nutrition with everything else, I know they tell you not to give them peanuts for a while, I didn't see you rpost saying how old he was, but remember peanut butters a good source of protein instead of meat. my daughter loves peanuts.

Also try not giving him juice or many snacks a few hours before supper time, so he'll be more hungry to try the new items. I really hope this helps a bit and good luck to you!

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