My 16 month old will only eat crackers and raisins. Any ideas of new foods I can try?

Stephanie - posted on 12/06/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I have a 16 month old who is only interested in milk and crackers and raisins. I cannot get him to try new things. I have tried many different foods. Any ideas on finger foods I could try?

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Wendy - posted on 12/07/2009

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Was he picky when he ate baby food in the jar? My kids ate pretty much everything. I did not allow them any other option. When they get older they got pickier. Letting them pick it out helps but they are to young to understand that they will have to eat it if they pick it. The other comment that said to give them only a little of what they do like and alot of the new items is probably the best. Yogurt is a very good option. My kids love them. My 22 month old likes the danimals drinkably kind with a straw. I have to help her but it is a great snack and new flavor to try. Also if he liked baby food in the jar stick with it until you find new foods for him. Cheerios might work because they are like crackers but come in wonderful flavors. the big thing is that he can feed himself. He is asserting himself now. Biggest advice is don't back down and don't give up. It can take several meals before he finally tries the new items just keep offering them. Good Luck!

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Lisa - posted on 12/08/2009

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try raisins in oatmeal, or wit peanut butter n celery it think its called ants on a log. and for the crackers add cheese n sandwich meat. We did this at a daycare i used to work at for the kids it was funny n yummy specially wit picky eaters.good luck just add his fav foods to other things

Carry - posted on 12/07/2009

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MY SON IS 15MONTHS & HE IS JUST STARTING TO LIKE WHAT WE EAT....TRY CHEESE,SOFT NOODLES,MAC N CHEESE,RICE WITH SOFT CARROTS,APPLESAUCE,PUDDING ,YOGERT..IT TAKES A CHILD @ LEAST 10 TIMES BEFORE THEY EVEN TRY IT!!GOOD LUCK!

Paula - posted on 12/07/2009

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my 3year old only eats certain foods to. its so frustrating, she wnt eat a normal dinner, ave tried everythn but it dsn work, my nephew was eatn bread the other day and my daughter hsnt eat bread before, she did that day, so maybe if uve got afriend who has kids and not a fussy eater, give him what he tries. good luck . xx

Carrie - posted on 12/07/2009

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also try putting hummus onthe crakers that way he gets tons of protein and hummus tastes so good on crakers ecspecially ritz whole grain.

Melissa - posted on 12/07/2009

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what about cheese and crackers? that way you can still keep him comfortable with one of his "safe" foods. Then try grapes (cut in quarters) that's similar to raisins. go slowly at first.i think you have to offer foods about 15 times before they try it. what about bananas? a waffle cut up in tiny pieces. cheerios

Carrie - posted on 12/07/2009

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I actually made a chicken tortilla soup with tons of veggies and chicken and my son loves it i call some of the ingreidients his favorite toys like balls or cars and then he thinks that is so cool. hope this helps

Jennifer - posted on 12/07/2009

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turn everything into finger for him my son was picky when he was that age they way i got him onto new foods was to make them into fun shapes like the disney chicken nuggets they r easy and fun for him as well. i still do this one for my son who is now six and not fussy anymore when u r making him a sandwhich or anything that a cookie cutter can go through do it my son loves getting a fun shape sandwhich one in a while in his lunch that is the best i can think of oh wait when u go shopping with him let him choose what he would like to try it will help cause he can tell everyone that he help pick it out
good luck let me know how everything works out

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Buy whole grain crackers and then at least he is getting grains and fruit each day. That is a good start! Like TaraLynn's kids, my daughter loves YoBaby Yogurt. She also eats a good bit of applesauce and bread. Have you tried hiding foods with ketchup? My daughter loves anything, including vegetables, dipped in ketchup. It has way too much sugar unfortunatly. But at this point if it gets her to eat veggies I'm okay with it. Good luck and keep offering different foods. He many surprise you one day!

TaraLynn - posted on 12/06/2009

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my kids were sooo picky. i just kept sticking new things in front of them and they threw it most of the time in the beginning. now we are finally making some progress several months later. some hits for us are yogos (in the poptart/fruit snack aisle), goldfish crackers, and banana cookies. yobaby makes an organic yogurt meal that has a fruitand vegetable in each container and my kids LOVE them. also, you can try velveeta and milk melted over pasta shells. i give my kids a vitamin drop (poly vi sol is made for infants) to help makeup for whatever they didn't get that day!

Amber - posted on 12/06/2009

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Also you could try putting peanut butter or jam or cheese on the crackers to introduce new tastes.

Stefie - posted on 12/06/2009

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My little girl is not a picky eater. I give her all types of foods that we just put on a table mat so she can eat it herself. She loves noodles, broccoli, carrots, peas, apples, pears, tomatoes, toast, cherrios, and cheese. I do cut off the skin on fruit and cook veggies until soft. I also give her smoothies made of home made yogurt and fruit juice or V8 splash (has fruits and veggies). She does really good with soup (Campbells or home made).

I would keep offering new foods. Maybe you can adjust the portions and give him less of the food you know he like and a whole bunch of the new food. This is what I do every-time my little one refuses to try something new. The logic is that when you eat something you enjoy you want more. If there is only this thing you don't like as well, you will eat some knowing that it will fill your belly. The other method that I have tried is just giving the new foods for more than one meal. Toddlers will not starve themselves. You have to be careful because they will fill up on liquids if you let them, but if you limit that within a meal they will be trying what ever you thing is more healthy.

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