how to get my son to eat!!!

Andrea - posted on 10/01/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




my son is 3 and won't eat!!! he eats no fresh fruit or veggies...not even cooked veggies! i am so frustrated!


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Jessica - posted on 10/01/2009




I have a 2-year-old who eats a ton but is picky about it. I just try to give him a lot of options. Fruit hasn't been much of an issue but I have had trouble with veggies. I finally got him to eat green beans last night by giving him a "big boy" metal fork so he could stab them (boys are violent, what can I say?) and after that he ate two helpings. Night before last he ate three helpings of salad, but I try to only give him the crispy bits of lettuce and dressed it up with some cheese and ranch. I get frustrated with his eating, too, but our doctor reassured me that as long as he's gaining weight and healthy and as long as I'm giving him the foods (even if he doesn't eat them) and continue doing so, we're on the right path. Also maybe try hiding some. I smash up peas into his macaroni and cheese or blend corn in with his mashed potatoes. It's sneaky and it doesn't always work but it's worth a try.

And before anyone says anything about my kid eating so much, he's nowhere near fat. He's almost 2, 3 ft. tall and only weighs about 27 lbs. He's in the 90% on height and only 50% on weight. So I basically let him eat whatever, as long as it's not super fattening or sugary.

Tricia - posted on 10/01/2009




We actually have the exact opposite problem, we have a hard time getting our almost 2yr old son to eat anything but fruits and veggies. So when we are trying to get him to eat pasta, meats, breads, or fish, we try and dress it up. Cutting it up and making the pieces look like a smiley face or something silly. We also give him tons of praise for eating the other things. I would try offering him only the fruit of veggies first, before giving him the rest of the meal, once he takes at least a certain amount of bites of the veggies, then offer him the rest of his meal. We find that our son loves food that is brightly colored...he will eat green broccoli or peas and carrots of a banana any day. Good luck!

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