Does your toddler eat meat?

Amy - posted on 06/07/2012 ( 33 moms have responded )

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Just wondering how many moms have difficulty getting their toddler to eat meat. She is a pretty good eater and she used to eat it but now it's nearly impossible to get her to eat meat. I'm just wondering how many other moms have this problem.

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Harpreet - posted on 07/16/2012

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Hi there my son has an issue with eating meat too. He is 2yrs and 10 months and spits it out...not sure what to do....

Olivia - posted on 07/03/2012

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We were actually a vegetarian family before my son was born but he has had meat in his diet since he could eat solids, and I ate meat whilst breastfeeding, because I believe meat is important in the diet of a very young child.

However, when he was about 16 months he decided he would no longer eat any meat at all (he was fully weaned onto solid foods from 14 months, using baby-led weaning) so we just cut it out for a while and followed a vegetarian diet again which he was totally happy about. He is now almost 3 and has started requesting fish and chicken quite a lot over the past few weeks actually, so I think we'll be introducing it to his diet again for good.

I wouldn't worry about it. She'll probably grow out of it as she gets older. Until then, encourage her to eat nuts and cheese and other sources of protein instead.

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Kristin Ruth - posted on 08/21/2013

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My youngest son is 2 years and 3 months old, he does the same thing. He used to really only eat hot dogs, now he won't even eat those. He picks all the meat out of soups and other dinners. He also isn't saying very many words. Anything to be concerned about?

Jessica - posted on 07/10/2012

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My 21 month old son is doing this now all of a sudden. He used to eat it...now not at all. I still give it to him he just bypasses it and eats everything else. >.<

Terri - posted on 07/10/2012

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My daughter is 2.5 and also going through this. She hates meat now but will eat Chicken nuggets at mcedonalds or Wendys. She odes eat protien like hard boiled eggs, sunflower butter(she has a peanut allergy) and chesse and beans.I think its just a phase at this point. As long as they get they protien elsewhere I wouldnt be too worried.

Queen - posted on 07/04/2012

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My daughter is turning two in august and I havent been around her as much because of work but I learned something completely new when I decided to take her out to eat last weekend. We get there and I always order 2 seperate meals for her because she can be picky at times. So I get ger favorite chicken tenders with string beans and potatoes and she wouldnt touch it. The next mean was brocolli and steak strips. she kindly took al of her steak strips and placed them on my plate and grabbed her brocolli. She would not eat ANYTHING else except it, ALL night! I hope this is just a phase, it kind of scared me at first but when the brocolli ran out she did go for the string beans but would not touch the potatoes for the life of her. The face she made everytime I lifted the spoon to her face was #priceless.

Olivia - posted on 07/03/2012

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We were actually a vegetarian family before my son was born but he has had meat in his diet since he could eat solids, and I ate meat whilst breastfeeding, because I believe meat is important in the diet of a very young child.

However, when he was about 16 months he decided he would no longer eat any meat at all (he was fully weaned onto solid foods from 14 months, using baby-led weaning) so we just cut it out for a while and followed a vegetarian diet again which he was totally happy about. He is now almost 3 and has started requesting fish and chicken quite a lot over the past few weeks actually, so I think we'll be introducing it to his diet again for good.

I wouldn't worry about it. She'll probably grow out of it as she gets older. Until then, encourage her to eat nuts and cheese and other sources of protein instead.

Carmen - posted on 07/01/2012

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My two and a half year old will chew on the meat till there's no tomorrow and then spit it out!!! it's gross-but if that's what she wants to do oh well. It has something to do with the texture I think. My six year old will eat meat but very little and that just started a few months ago.

Lindsey - posted on 06/30/2012

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I do. My sons "meat" is mcdonalds chicken nuggets lol he likes chicken but will only take a bite or two of the chicken we make for dinner, and he does eat sausage pattys once in awhile. but he defiantly does not like meat.

Tasha - posted on 06/29/2012

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What kind of meat? We dont eat beef or pork at all. We eat chicken and Turkey. We have a 4 yr old little girl and she has no problem eatting chicken or turkey.

Gina - posted on 06/25/2012

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I have a 2.5 year old toddler and no he does not like eating meat, usually I puree it and mix it in with mashed potatos or other stuff he likes. He does like chicken though, I never have trouble getting him to eat that!

Kristin - posted on 06/25/2012

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Both my boys went through a phase where they never ate meat, so I put them on a multi vitamin. I also kept putting meat on their plate and never forced them to eat it. ZEventually they grew out of this phase and will eat meat

Merry - posted on 06/23/2012

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I know quite a few kids who don't like meat at some stage or another :)
Not mine though lol I've bred carnivores :) mine are 1 and 3 years old and both adore all kinds of meats.

I'd say just keep offering it to her and id assume in time she will pick it back up :)

Marissa - posted on 06/21/2012

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We had the problem for a little while, but eventually she started calling everything chicken....as long as we call it chicken no matter if it's steak or pork or whatever she will eat it lol. The moment you say it's a pork chop baby she said I don't like it and she will not eat it.

Bernadette - posted on 06/18/2012

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We've had a bit of trouble with meat. Chicken seems to be ok for both of my kids, as long as it's really soft. They love sausages. But red meat, they don't seem to be able to handle. My daughter (3 years old) just chews and chews and chews and it goes nowhere and she refuses to swallow it and just stores it up in her cheeks. Then she wants to spit it out and if we say no, she has to swallow it, she has a tantrum. My son (14 months) doesn't seem too keen on red meat either, and just spits it out. Lately, we have been eating a lot of slow cooked dinners (casseroles and stews, etc) and the meat goes so soft and just falls apart. Then it just kind of mixes through with the rest of the food and they're pretty good at eating it, as long as I make sure they are broken down really small, not in big chunks. Spaghetti bolognaise and meals like that are also really good, as mince is much easier for them to eat and there is so much other flavour it doesn't really seem to them like they're eating meat. I often chop up some veges and put it in too, so that they're getting veges as well. Otherwise, I often cook up meals for the kids with mince and vary it (chicken, beef, lamb, pork) in a pot and stew it with heaps of chopped up veges and add different sauces to it for flavour, plus a bit of pasta or rice. WHen you do that, you can also make heaps and divide it into containers to freeze, and then you've always got ready meals for them if you get home late and know that they're going to be too hungry by the time you've got dinner ready, or if they eat earlier than you. Or even if you're having something you know they're not going to like, then you can just defrost one of their frozen ones and not have to cook two different meals. Also great just to have in case you're going somewhere and you don't know if there will be any food that they'll eat.

Jessica - posted on 06/17/2012

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My son will only eat cod nuggets and chicken nuggets (Tyson) . Anything else meat or fish why he will not eat at all

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2012

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My daughter is selective with her meat and even then she may not eat it. We pretty much live off chicken, mince and sausages, she wont eat the sausages very often, she will have the mince in spaghetti occasionally and has just recently started eating some of the chicken, depending on how I cook it. (she is 2)

Nicky - posted on 06/16/2012

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My son used to eat meat but within the last year he wont eat any meat. The only meat he will eat is hot dogs or sausage or chicken nuggets but nothing else.

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my son didn't eat much meat, only turkey cold cuts and hot dogs, until about 2. once he turned 2 he starting eating more variety and will now eat some chicken and beef. give her a multivitamin for now and keep offering her meat and she will eventually warm up. barbecue sauce and ketchup helps

Megan - posted on 06/13/2012

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my son does like fish and seafood so you might try that; of course watch close with any seafood for an allergic reaction.

Megan - posted on 06/13/2012

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My son has never liked meat. Hes a healthy eater loves fruits and vegetables and occassionally he will eat chicken nuggets but other than that...nope. I tried everything even bought tofu and tried him on that but no luck. Finally i decided that he is healthy not having any problems and not to make it an issue unless one arose.hoping it will get better with age.

Sharlene - posted on 06/13/2012

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My little boy won't eat meat at all but will eat chicken only, even tried hidding pieces of meat through vegies and mash and just picked the meat out .lol.

Tammy - posted on 06/13/2012

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I am a mom of five children. Each began going to the dentist at age 2. Between my pediatrician and the dentist they both told me the same thing. Not only do their tastes change regularly but often for young children eating meat can be uncomfortable and somewhat painful when biting down. Not like teething of course but bc the texture of the meat either to tough, under/overcooked etc. Kids get protien (as we all do) from diffdrent sources, so not eating meat shouldn't be a big concern. One more thing tried and true at our table...if you eat it and make a big deal out of it (mmm..this is sooo good etc) while at the table it will not take long before they want some too!

Bethany - posted on 06/09/2012

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tom did that when daddy told him lamb was like timmy the sheep from timmy time, so lamb was out could just be that she is starting to asociate the animal with the food? other than that tom is on and off sausages n other meats etc lets hope its a passing phase and aslong as shes eating n healthy i wouldnt stress hun ox

Amanda - posted on 06/09/2012

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My son does this on and off. Right now he eats it. Who knows what next week will bring? I just give him a little of everything we are having, and he has to try a bite. If he doesn't "like" it or want it, he can eat what he does like.

Amy - posted on 06/08/2012

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Sorry Heather I guess I should of been specific she'll eat hot dogs and chicken nuggets I just don't consider them the healthiest of choices, it's chicken, pork, and beef that we can't get her to touch.

I know it's probably a phase I'll just be sure to offer her alternatives I just don't want it to become a huge problem because her brother is extremely picky!

Tiffany - posted on 06/08/2012

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my daughter is the same way.she wont eat hamburger by itself, it has to be in spaghetti or hidden in meals.she doesnt like steak either, no matter how its cut or made she wont touch it.

Heather - posted on 06/08/2012

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Try giving it to her with ketchup! Like chicken nuggets to dip, hot dogs, corn dogs, etc. Make it fun!

Elfrieda - posted on 06/08/2012

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My son went through a phase like this, too. I just fed him beans instead. Now he likes meat again. If she's a pretty good eater, I'd ignore the small variations and just feed her the parts of the meal that she will eat. (I'm not suggesting making her different food, just don't make a fuss if she doesn't eat the whole meal.)

Amanda - posted on 06/07/2012

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My daughter went through a phase of doing this, it lasted for about 6 maybe abit more. If there was any meat on her plate or in her food she would refuse it.

Before she would eat everything with no fuss, then she went to only eating sausages or steak only if it was cooked on the bbq and pink in the middle to refusing to touch any meat at all.

I just went with her on it. Luckily she still ate fish so we had fish more often.
I made sure she was still getting plenty of protein and iron so she had tuna in her sandwiches and lots of dairy, fresh fruit and green veggies.

She grew out of it and is now back to eating whatever I put in front of her.

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