Picky Eater.

Cheryl - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 3yr old is so picky. He only wants to eat carbs. I cannot get him to eat fruit or veggies at all. The only meat he will eat is chicken nuggets. My only saving grace is V8 Fusion. I need advice on what to do. Do I just play it hard and if he doesn't eat what I make he doesn't eat? Please Help!

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Cheryl - posted on 01/16/2010

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Well I have started to just make dinner and if he doesn't eat what I make he goes to bed hungry and only gets water to drink the rest of evening. I have been doing it for a week and I'll admit he has gone to bed hungry but he did try baked chicken. We will see.

Michelle - posted on 01/11/2010

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I've read and seen kids get pickier when you try to hide foods like that. For example if you sneak some green peppers or somethign into a meatloaf, they then won't eat the meatloaf. I used to try to hide the peas and carrots under the bit of mac and cheese and then he wouldn't eat mac and cheese for like three weeks. What I do now is give him his veggies first. He knows the good stuff is coming, so he eats those real quick so he can get to the food he really wants, and now it's not big deal. It was at first, I'll grant you, but after about a week it just relaxed all of the sudden. The other thing that helped is this-- I went and got a TON of different kinds of fruit and veggies and gave them all to him to try. It turns out he doesn't like peas and green beans, but he LOOOOOVES broccoli and snow peas. I'm ok with that :-D

Autumn - posted on 01/11/2010

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Quoting Andrea:

A cook book called "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfeld was given to me by a friend and is absolutely wonderful. You should try it for your son. My daughter is 2 and is also a very picky eater but still a little too young for some stuff in the book. The only way I can get my daughter to eat veggies is by steaming, pureeing and making a yummy sauce to put over her pasta. She is a carb girl! Good luck!


That is great the pureeing to make a yummy sauce over pasta what a FANTASTIC idea.. I need to tell that to our daughter so that she can try that with her non loving veggie kids who only want to eat them if they are smothered in butter or ranch.

Andrea - posted on 01/11/2010

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A cook book called "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfeld was given to me by a friend and is absolutely wonderful. You should try it for your son. My daughter is 2 and is also a very picky eater but still a little too young for some stuff in the book. The only way I can get my daughter to eat veggies is by steaming, pureeing and making a yummy sauce to put over her pasta. She is a carb girl! Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 01/11/2010

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My child was a very picky eater as well. I found that by making a big fuss about eating something my child would refuse no matter what. They are at an age where they have found out they can make choices. It may not be that they don’t like the food but they are just trying to feel independent by telling you no. When my daughter started doing this I would start her out at every meal with an empty plate and put a lot of healthy foods on the table and let her choose which ones she wanted to eat. I didn't make a big deal out it and didn't try to force her to eat anything. She started eating the foods no problem because she felt like she was in control and making her own choices on the foods she ate. So all you moms that have picky eaters just try this and you might be surprised!

Ana - posted on 01/11/2010

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I usually hide veggies on her food...when I cook beans, I always cook with beets and carrots...I also blend the milk with bananas and cereal...you can try to make shapes also, to make her eat bread with honey, i cut the bread in circles, squares and she loves it! Try to cut the apples in moon shapes and tell them they're eating the moon....good luck!

Kristina - posted on 01/11/2010

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A good idea is to try smoothies, kind of like the V8, except you can sneak in a few veggies. Also, having your son help you make the meals will help him understand how food is put together, and he may be (MAYBE) more interested in eating something he had a hand in eating.
There's a bunch of websites that talk about this problem. I've found a great site on PBS Sprout that gives you a bunch of healthy meals/snacks that are called by fun names (banana boat) and such.
http://www.sproutonline.com/sprout/recip...

Good luck!

Autumn - posted on 01/11/2010

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My son was the same when he was younger he is now almost 8 and just started eating hamburger meat. However, he ate sushi and loved veggies and fruits when he was younger but he definitely preferred McDonalds to everything until he was a bit older. I wouldn't stress about it too much I think when you try and force food on kids it makes mealtimes worse. I always put a little of everything on his plate and try and convince him to at least take a little bite even if it is bribery I have to use. I think as they get older their palate opens up and they are more willing to try stuff. They also have a cookbook http://www.amazon.com/Sneaky-Chef-Strate... (The Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine) maybe something like that might help too! Good luck!

Kyla - posted on 01/11/2010

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I am in the same position, we have been battling this picky eating thing for 4 YEARS now. At age 2 my son would only eat a handful of things and the older he got the less he would eat. Now at age 6 I have had enough! Play it hard or trust me you will regret b/c now he'd rather starve himself then eat dinner. Every night its a battle, it usually takes him 2 hours to eat less than what I give his little brother. Now I just make him sit there until its gone. If you find something that works please let me in on it!!!

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