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What do I feed my 14mth old son?

Emma - posted on 06/02/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )




My 14 month old son is very picky it seems like almost everything that my finace and I try to feed him he won't eat.


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Beck - posted on 06/03/2010




My son eats ANYTHING!! What wont he eat... but to give you an idea.
Corey, now 15mths, wakes then he has a bfeed
7.30 breakfast (cereal usually porriage or baked beans and scrambled eggs)
9.30 fruit for morning tea (a pear or some grapes etc)
11.20 lunch - meat, vegies, carb (rice / pasta / potato) He has 200grams or 7oz, he has the meat diced up small and the vegies mashed or cut up very fine. I leave rice and quinoa whole but cut up pasta fine. He then has 1/2 cup or desert (yoghurt)
2.30 milk (bfeed) and arvo tea (cheese on toast or avacado on crackers or piklets or home made fruit muffins or ricotta on rice thins or custard and stewed fruit etc)
5.20 tea (vegies and carb) again 200grams

Corey likes his vegies still mashed but can also have them chopped. I still mash it or blend them especially for dinner when he is getting tired.
Corey may have finger food at tea time sometimes which maybe salmon rice loaf or zucchini slice (like quiche without pastry). I find this better when he is going through a 'fussy' stage and as these contain vegies and eggs (and salmon / rice in the salmon rice loaf) they are a good choice to get good food into them.
They do go through phases like this but I find to encourage good eating habits its important to;
* Keep to a routine, dont let them snack all day to find they then wont eat their tea. Offer food at set times only.
* Don't be a short order cook, cook a meal and serve it, try and include one or two items they like and encourage them to try the others
* Dont offer to big of serves espcially if you know its unlikely they will eat it, you dont want it to be daunting for them
* Be a good role model, sit and eat together and show your enjoyment and enthusiams for foods
* Try food in different forms - not into fruit at the moment, try it stewed or homemade dried, not eating vegies - try serving them as finger food, steamed or lightly fried or roasted (sweet potato chips!)
* Watch their milk intake isn't too high
* Be patient and understand that a child has never starved themself!
* Somedays their appatite will be higher than others
* Use games, songs and other tricks to 'sneak' mouthfuls in
* Give bub a spoon or even a fork to use and you have one too to 'help'
* Try fruit smoothies
* Keep offering a range of textues, tastes and falvours but dont force anything and make meal times a fight
* I am finding 'quinoa' great, its a really healthy grain (better than brown rice) but nice and small and easy for the bubs so its a good choice
Corey likes to sit in the booster seat at the table now for main meals instead of his high chair, sometimes we have to look at a book to keep him interested.

I hope some of these things help. A fussy eater can sometimes be very frustrating but if you work on some of these 'tricks' you may find it is short lived only. I find teething puts them off their food a little.

Tiffany - posted on 06/02/2010




have u tried pastas its easy for them to eat. i know my daughter may not eat something the first time but if i keep trying she'll usually like it. now skylah eats whatever we eat for dinner. are you still trying to feed him baby food? if theres no issues start on "big people" food. hope that helps a lil.

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