What are you feeding your child?

Crystal - posted on 08/30/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 16 months old and is very picky about what he eats. He won't let me feed him with a spoon anymore because he wants to do it himself. I am going nuts trying to find things he will eat. I can't get him to eat any fruits or veggies because he doesn't seem to like the texture of them...won't even put them in his mouth. He won't eat macaroni and cheese or noodles of any kind. What can I give him that is nutritious that he might actually eat since he doesn't seem to like soft things right now?

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Nic - posted on 08/30/2010

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My boy is almost 16 months and he eats just about everything but i find that if i try to help him eat he wont eat it. Tea times i put it all on his tray and supervise but dont look at him otherwise he doesnt eat. Little bits of cheese is good and yoghurt because he likes to play and paint at the same time. Steam half carrots etc big enough for him to hold. My boy had a thing for banana for ages and wouldnt hold it to eat but would eat it mushed up with his spoon. Or what about wholemeal sandwiches with avacado, low salt baked beans are good as they like to pick them up. Oh and spaghetti bolognaise is a good one because you can add grated zucchinni and carrots or any other vegies :-) Good Luck!

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Samantha - posted on 10/01/2010

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My son is ultra picky too and hates soft foods. I found apples to meet his "crunchy" test well...he will do pears as long as they aren't too ripe. As far as regular food goes i feel for you. My son only lets us feed him if he has a spoon too and can assist. As for fruit, i do more raw than anything....he like snap peas fine and jicama. I noticed one night he was willing to eat risotto I had made and we do a lot of that and puree some veggies and finely dice meat in it...it is sticky enough that he feeds himself adequately and also gives him some healthy add ins. Because of his love for crunch, at snack time it is often crackers with peanut butter or soy & flax seed chips with hummus.

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Crystal, it sounds like your son has an aversion to certain textures. Try giving him a toothbrush to chew on while you prepare his meal. It'll help to desensitize his mouth and he may accept more foods.

Marissa - posted on 09/27/2010

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My son is 16 months and he eats pretty much everything but when he tries to be picky an not wanna try new things i take a bite and say "mmm" thats soo good than he instantly wants to try it..

Nicole - posted on 09/26/2010

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My daughter balks if she has to be fed with a spoon, too, unless she's also offered finger foods. Typical finger foods she eats: scrambled eggs with salt and pepper, waffles, pancakes, french toast sticks, diced turkey bacon, diced turkey sausage, Cheerios (esp the multi-grain), Honey Smacks, yogurt bites (they're freeze-dried), diced cheese, ciabatta, 1/2 of a grilled cheese sandwich, 1/2 of a jelly sandwich, mac-n-cheese, several small varieties of pasta (tubettini is great...think elbow macaroni cut in half...perfect for little fingers and mouths!) with butter or tomato sauce.

She'll accept spoon-foods like applesauce, yogurt, mashed potatoes, pastina (tiny star pasta with butter or olive oil...I'm Italian, can you tell?), baby cereal, and baby oatmeal, especially if I let her hold another spoon while I'm feeding her! My daughter ADORES fruits and veggies like soft pears and apples, bananas, blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, honeydew, watermelon, grapes, cucumbers, canned carrots and sweet potatoes (they also have instant sweet potatoes...love them!), olives, avocados, grape tomatoes, and pickles. For travel or just variety, we buy the schoolkid-sized fruit cups of pineapples, pears, peaches, and fruit cocktail. Most of these are low-sugar or real-fruit-juice-packed, and might be more appealing to a picky eater. You could "sneak" berries into pancakes, or try the dried diced fruits with other finger foods...just throw a mix on the tray/plate. Good luck! The only food my daughter has flat-out refused (much to my dismay!) has been grits...she's a PIGGIE! :)

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Tofu dogs are a favorite for my baby. Also...



Raisins

Beans

Cheese

Cream of Wheat

Plain yogurt with black strap molasses

Broccoli

Edamame

Sandwiches - chicken salad

Avocado

Fruit - esp grapes & oranges

Whole Wheat Pasta

Cheese Toast

Pancakes



Oh, and he loves Egg Beaters, but not regular eggs. Go figure.

Angela - posted on 09/15/2010

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Try making homemade smoothies! Yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, banana, carrots or whatever fruits and veggies you like. It's a great way to throw in some nutrition!

Marsha - posted on 09/13/2010

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My daughter is sort of the same. There are times where she will only eat if she is able to do it herself, and I let her. But after, when she is done with that...I feed her myself. We give her little pieces of basically what we are eating, but I also still feed her jarred baby food, just to make sure she is getting enough fruits and veggies. Usually she will eat the babyfood, and that makes me feel better. Your son may not like babyfood in the jars, but it is something you can try to ensure he is getting what he needs.

Melissa - posted on 09/12/2010

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After a short growth spurt where my daughter was anxious to eat, we are in another teething phase and she is resisting things she ate previously, even spitting them out! I got Beef and Noodle soup at Cracker Barrell, I mix any jar food with cottage cheese and she'll eat that up. Broccoli soup with cheese. Peanut butter and banana mushed and mixed to make a sandwich. Homemade french toast (whole wheat bread dipped in egg, milk, cinnamon mixture). Hummus on crackers. Soft cooked broccoli. Macaroni and ground beef mixed. Salmon blackened lightly. Once at Waffle House, she grabbed onion rings off a hamburger and ate them! She also snagged the tomato slice and ate it too. She'll venture to try most things I eat if she's not in her high chair, but in my lap. She has also grabbed the lemon or lime slices out of out drinks at restaurants. She made a face, but continued sucking.

My best success for getting nutrition into her and teach her how to use a straw has been in making smoothies! Her favorite has this: green grapes, pineapple, pear, spinach, broccoli, and avocado. It was originally a green smoothie for me, but she wanted to taste it and begged for more. I have done other combinations, but that was the most surprisingly tasty one. All the ones with just fruit are appetizing too of course. Strawberry, banana, pineapple and spinach is fabulous. The spinach makes it green, but doesn't alter the taste. I didn't realize that raw spinach doesn't have much flavor and besides, the fruit covers it up so well. I HIGHLY recommend trying the healthy smoothies until his appetite improves! I have specific recipes for them; just sent me a message if you want them.

Ami - posted on 09/09/2010

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My daughter is kind of a picky eater. She loves fruits (strawberries, grapes, bananas, blueberries, watermelon, peaches, etc), but won't eat a lot of vegetables sides corn (even a corn on the cob) and carrots. She really loves eggs, and I can finely chop up spinach and broccoli and make her an omelet with cheese.

She also likes almost anything on bread. I even got her to eat sloppy joes, but she wouldn't eat it on a bun...just bread.

Other things she loves: cheese, yogurt, applesauce, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, spaghetti (though we use penne or other larger noodles she can pick up easier), and pizza. Sometimes, I will even toast a piece of bread, spread some spaghetti sauce on it and top with cheese. Home made pizza and SUPER easy! Oh, and she really liked the spinach/artichoke hummus we got a few weeks ago. We spread it on bread, toast, crackers, etc.

If you're like me, you might feel you are feeding her the same things every day. We do give her what we are eating for dinner, but if we know we are making something she doesn't like, then I'll just make her something else. If we want tacos, and I know she doesn't like the taste of the taco meat, then I'm not going to force it on her. I do agree with the others who have said kids should usually eat what is for dinner. It sets up good eating habits!

Kelly - posted on 09/05/2010

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my almost 16 month is a picky eater aslo. She will literally vomit if she doesn't want to eat something. She sometimes won't let me feed her so i have to let her hold the spoon while i feed her. She likes finger food like ceral and spagetti o's, she gets a lot messy but its fine as long as she's eating. She especially likes white rice plain. I roll it into some balls and she pick them up and eat. She also eats boiled eggs just the whites. Hopes that helps

Shanie - posted on 09/03/2010

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My son loves pancakes bananas and eggs in the morning at IHOP. He loves to pick it all up himself.

Mea - posted on 09/02/2010

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My daughter will eat almost anything. She eats whatever we eat, and if she doesn't like it, we don't give her anything else. By the time the next meal comes around, she is hungary, but not so picky. It's not too often that she won't eat what we give her-- she knows that she won't get anything else. Also, she loves utensils and always uses them herself. She isn't very good at it yet, but is definately getting better. And for only having six teeth, she chews pretty well, so we don't have toworry about chopping things up in tiny bites.

Jennifer - posted on 09/02/2010

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My daughter will eat more than me sometimes. She does demand one thing... finger foods and every meal. I've been giving her pieces of bread, small pieces of cheese, and sometimes pieces of lunch meat for snack. She has either applesauce mixed with rice (cereal), pancake pieces, french toast pieces, or omelet pieces for breakfast. for dinner and lunch a wide variety of things like: chicken pot pie, lasagna, and whatever else comes to mind.

Joanna - posted on 09/02/2010

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I am having this problem too! Although, my son will eat some fruits and veggies. I feed him lima beans and black beans a lot too. Or kidney beans. I have found he likes the texture better and can actually pick them up himself. I also give him cheerios and life cereal.

Paula - posted on 08/30/2010

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Well I have a very hungry food happy 15 month old, I love feeding him healthy food and we enjoy meal time. some ideas : salad on a plate= cut up cuccumber, cheese, capsicum, avacado, roast chicken, grated carrot ect... scrabbled egg with cheese....tuna grilled sandwhich....two miute noodles....banana sandwhich,,,raison toast...grilled fish...soups.. We eat lots out at the park siiting under a tree or at a cafe. I treat food as a special time and always encourage my son to try food from my plate. Goodluck with the food game!!

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