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Susanna - posted on 02/06/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my daughter is a very fussy eater and wont eat anything potato or try new foods is there any usefull tips or anything any1 can give me to help her not be so fussy and to try new foods

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Susanna - posted on 02/08/2014

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Cate
thanks for the helpful tips will try them see if they work and hopefully she wont be as fussy

Cate - posted on 02/07/2014

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Susanna,
That must be very frustrating and upsetting. I don't know how old she is, but I believe there are certain ages where new foods are more difficult to introduce.
You don't want to turn dinnertime into a battlefield because you'll both just end up tense and upset. Why not have a break from trying to introduce new foods for a week or two, and during this time you can think about your options.
Here is some food for thought (bad pun intended - you have to keep your sense of humour, right?):
What happens when she's in social situations- particularly eating with other kids?
What differences do you see when different people feed her (if she still needs help), or who is present at the dinner table?
What do you know about your eating habits, and your partner's eating habits, at this age?
Are there other situations where she has expressed resistance (maybe getting dressed), and you've convinced her to change? What can you learn from that experience that you can apply here?
How can you break the process down? For example, could you try putting a little food on her plate that she doesn't like, and when she says she doesn't like it, just nonchalantly say, "Oh, OK, just leave it then". Getting the food on her plate might be the first step. After a few days, you might be able to say, "Oh, do you remember what it tastes like?"
What do you think about introducing something new by having small amounts of it in something else? Both of my girls used to hate mushrooms, and pick them out of everything. My eldest still does this (she's 8), but my youngest loves them, particularly in casseroles, as they taste the same as the other stuff. My eldest eats mushrooms when I cook them, puree them, and put them in spaghetti Bolognese. My eldest also learnt to love cauliflower when I cooked cauliflower cheese.
Does any of that help? I hope so.
Bye for now. Cate

Susanna - posted on 02/07/2014

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hi Cate
I have tried to get her 2 have a mouth full or 2 but she always ends up spitting it out and wouldn't swallow it was she was trying and now she just refuses completely and wont try anything new if I put it on her plate she refuses to eat all of her dinner

Cate - posted on 02/06/2014

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Hi Susanna,
We have a rule in our house that we always have to try something new. It's OK if you don't like it, but you have to try it.
I continue to put things that I know my kids don't like on their plates, and they always have to have one mouthful of it. It's only one mouthful, but they don't get a substitute until they eat the mouthful.
My 6 year old still doesn't like rice - rice! But she has to eat one mouthful before I'll give her something else, like bread (to go with the rest of the meal, I don't just give her bread!).
I also try things in different ways, or with different sauces. My kids seem to like carrots better raw, instead of cooked. Sometimes I'll steam vegetables and put a little butter or margarine on them to encourage eating. Also, if there is something they like on the plate I suggest eating a bit of the yukky thing with the yummy thing.
And, lastly I ask why they don't like it. I try to work out if it's a flavour or texture thing. My 8 year old hated avocado for ages, but now likes it occasionally, and I think it was more the texture than the taste.
Hope that helps. Cate

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