My baby's hard to feed.. help please...

Darlene - posted on 06/14/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I'm having a hard time feeding my baby. She doesn't like to eat any other food except chicken. She also drink a little milk. I'm afraid she might get sick. Any suggestion?

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Bonnie - posted on 06/16/2010

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My little sister thought that all meat was chicken too. Our mum had to cut up all the food into little cubes, so I would eat my veges, fruit, etc..

I agree with all the mums about limiting junk food in the house, out of sight, out of mind...Eat what you want her too eat, and they do tend to snack off your plate, and eventually get over it.

I remember my twin sisters hovering over my mum's plate of food, while she was trying to eat. Like little baby birds...She hated it, but at least they were eating a variety of food. My kids occasionally do the same to me. They eat veges and yogurt, fruit, cheese, plain pasta, bread, (whole wheat, since that is mostly all that I buy). I have a lot of trouble getting my eldest to eat other meat, besides sandwich and hotdogs.

I limit soda, chips, candy, or they will only want those things to eat and skip on the healthy food.

Young kids like cute little cut up foods, dips, yogurt that resembles popsicles, small pasta. They also go through phases of only liking certain foods from one day to the next, and all of a sudden like a new food, and dislike the food that they loved yesterday...My son loved mac and cheese for a while, then pb&j sandwiches for a while. Another son likes cheese tortillas cut into slices, pb&j sandwiches, and can be directed to try new things if brother doesn't show a stink about it himself.

Dips made from puree fruit/veges, hummus, (pureed chickpeas), yogurt. Spreads made from cheese, peanut butter, nutella, pureed meat, on whole wheat bread, or whatever bread you buy, cut into fun shapes. Have fun.

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They are hard work at two and certain things they just wont eat and the more you try to force her the more stubborn they get. Let her pick what she wants to eat within reason try to encourage her to eat things you want her to but 9 times out of ten you wont win. What i used to do with my youngest was let her eat stuff from my plate too, things always look more appetising when they arent yours. If your lucky it wont last long they normally have fads that last a few weeks then they move onto another fad. Mind i still cant get my three year old to drink milk he hates the stuff so some things you just have to write off. Just try to be casual the more fuss you make the more fuss she will make.

Laila - posted on 06/16/2010

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Firs Check with your pediatrician to make sure she is well if you're worried.
To make you baby like food more you need to make the food time fun such as makes sandwiches with eyes, mouth, different shapes like animals..act and try to make her help you to prepare food and put some of her toys and portend you make food for them to, you can get a lot of great feeding ideas from www.babytv.com just check Baby Sheff program their is a lot of fun and cool recipes that u can make with your baby and when she will see other children eat she will do same and of course kids like to eat from your plate so you can share.Also reword her each time she eat something new to encourage her. Good luck

Cheryl - posted on 06/15/2010

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She might have trouble with the texture of other foods. Our son saw an occupational therapist and speech therapist who helped him to eat more foods. I also put on the table a selection of healthy foods in between meals and found that my son sneaks them when I'm not looking.

Lea - posted on 06/15/2010

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Yes. She will eat whatever you give her. Only give her chicken once in a while and she will get hungry and start eating other foods.

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Another idea. Starve him a little. Then he will drink his veggie juice. Sorry, it's kind of mean but it works. And besides you are doing it with love.

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I would make chicken soup and then blend raw veggies to a pulp, then add it to the soup. You can get away with sooooo much this way because you can even add garlic and he won't even notice.

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Check with your pediatrician if you're worried. If you think it's because of junk food, gradually eliminate it or put it where she can't find it. Try not to est any in front of her. It's worth a try!

Crystal - posted on 06/14/2010

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my daughter is a very picky eater as well. ever since she was born. like she would only drink 2 ounces every feeding. now she only likes apples bananas pasta and rice. my doctor kept reassuring me this- as long as she is a healthy weight she is fine. babies wont starve themselves. and remember their bellies are only as bis as one of their tiny fist, so maybe your baby isnt a big eater. not every human eats the same.

Darlene - posted on 06/14/2010

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@Joan Johnson; Yumi loves to dip...I'll try this for her meal today =) Thank's!

Darlene - posted on 06/14/2010

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@Erin Bishop: I'll try freezing yogurt with chunks of fruit in it for her dessert today. Thank's!

Darlene - posted on 06/14/2010

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@Lisse Kono: You are right, I disguised things that can look like chicken and she liked it very much! The thing is, for her all food are chicken lol! whether it is fish or pork or beef, for her they are all chicken! Atleast now she eats a lot =)

E - posted on 06/14/2010

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Darlene: as long as she is eating something, just try to add to it... mine is also 2, and she only want to eat what I have in my plate! (quite annoying, but HEY, as long as she eats!!!)... to avoid junk food, just don't bring it to the house.... (I had to tell my hubby to stop bringing his favorite junk to the house, just so she does not see it)....also, try eating what you want her to eat, without offering her....(I know it's sounds cruel, but with mine, as soon as I start eating something, she wants it!!)

chicken is not bad - it's actually quite healthy... so, try to disguise things that can look like chicken (like fish) and cook it like you cook the chicken... hopefully you will fool her into believing it's chicken.... or mix the chicken with something else - like past or veggies.... if she wants the chicken, it will be impossible for her to separate it from the rest.....

good luck!

Erin - posted on 06/14/2010

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I like to try to disguise healthly things as junk food....ie freezing yogurt with chunks of fruit in it...my three year old thinks she is getting a dessert and it is really a full serving of fruit. Or i give her fruit with hershey syrup to dip them in. Stuff like that. Hop this helps...good luck

Joan - posted on 06/14/2010

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my kids used to like to dip. i would give them a small dish with a variety of different foods. ie-apples with peanut butter,cukes with salad dressing,other raw vegies,etc.use your imagination. i also used to freeze gogurts(the yogurt in the tube) they felt like they were getting a pop but it was yogurt.

good luck

Darlene - posted on 06/14/2010

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Hi Susanne Young,

Thank's for the reply! She is already 2 years old. She started to discover junkfood and I think that's the reason why she is so picky. I tried to give her vitamin like appetite booster but it still didn't work.

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How old is she? Dont think its going to hurt her long term just to eat chicken and drink milk, she'll probably get fed up with it. Keep offering her other foods, cant really give much advice not knowing how old she is.

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