My 16 month doesn't like any kind of meat! What can I do??

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Candyce - posted on 10/26/2010

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That's not too strange. I hated meat until pregnancy, so it didn't bother me too much that my son has spurts where he refuses to touch it. Just replace it with other high-protein foods and plenty of raw veggies and fruits. He'll be fine and probably better nourished than most other kids!

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Marina - posted on 10/26/2010

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My 2nd son was the same until he was about 4 & he's 8 now & eats some meat but loves fish. He turned out to be tall & healthy. My 4th child is the same but I just give her veg & beans until she's older & wants to try more food.

Shaunta - posted on 10/21/2010

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My daughter is 2 and rarely touches meat. I'm the same way, so I guess she get it from me. Just replace it with other healthy proteins.



Also, it may be hard for the little ones to chew it (lack of back teeth) so they give up lol

Michelle - posted on 10/21/2010

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I am a vegetarian. My children eat beans and dairy and nuts and other items with protein. There is even spaghetti noodles with added protein.

Krista - posted on 10/16/2010

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Will she eat eggs? My 14-month old isn't a big fan of meat, but if I give him an egg that I've scrambled (but left in large enough pieces for him to pick up), he'll practically inhale it. I make him an egg for supper about three nights a week, and then some toast with peanut butter another couple of nights per week, and I also give him cheese with his meal sometimes, and that all takes care of his protein requirements.

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Desiree - posted on 10/26/2010

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My 15 month old twin boys are almost complete opposites! Alden will eat ANYTHING! Chase however, will eat... NOTHING! I give him things that have meat in them... I mix cheese ravioli and beef ravioli together so he doesn't really notice he's eating it. I have to give him chicken nuggets-he won't eat chicken legs/thighs/breasts if it's not breaded. He won't eat sandwiches either. He is so picky! I sometimes give him a ham and cheese sandwich and for every 3 bites (while screaming and crying-him not me!) I give him an m&m or a spoonful of yogurt.

DeAnna - posted on 10/25/2010

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My 2 year old is the same way. I always try to cut up meat real small and mix it in with other foods she loves. Like chopping100% all beef hotdogs real small and mixing it with mac and cheese, or mixing chicken in her mashed potato. Hope that helps!!

Joanna - posted on 10/23/2010

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my son is 2 and only eats processed meat ie sausages burgers chicken nuggets and stuff like that he wont eat egg either but has plenty of veg and dairy

Heather - posted on 10/20/2010

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Since he is only 1 i would be a little cautious about nuts adn peanuts just since there are so many kids with allergies adn it has been shown that early exposure increases the chance of kids getting food allergies but eggs and beans are wonderful ways to get them protein and there are also tons of benifets of having a vegitarian diet especaily when their digestive systems are still so young and immature but rememebr that you are the mom and your instinct will lead you in the right direction. If your kiddo is healhty adn happy then they are fine :o) Good luck!

Venice - posted on 10/19/2010

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Provide protein through eggs, nuts, peanut butter and other sources of protein, depending on his blood type he may not require as much meat as others, look into eating right for your blood type, if the baby is A he/she may need more veggies than anything, and remember to use only organiz milk or almond milk, vit D off the shelf is the worst things you can give them.

Jade - posted on 10/19/2010

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most children have times when they like something then they wont touch it etc try disguising meat in certain things like soups etc i wouldnt engourage a vegetarian diet i would try disguising meat for the moment anyway it might just be a stage x

Cynthia - posted on 10/19/2010

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It's very normal for young kids to not being able to eat meats. It might not be that she doesn't like it, it might just be that she finds it really hard to chew. Alot of kids have this problem for years. My younger brother couldn't swallow his meat until he was like 6. He would chew and chew but couldn't swallow. My daughter doesn't like hard meats but she doesn't mind a burger or meatloaf or meatballs, and chicken(soft meats).

Kristi - posted on 10/18/2010

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my almost 3 year old is the same way. Chicken he loves, other meat, not so much! I keep trying to give it to him but i make sure he has other things on his plate that he likes so if he doesn't eat the meat i know that he at least ate something.

Kayla - posted on 10/16/2010

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THANK YOU!! I feel much better now that i am reassured that she is still healthy even without eating meat....i will try all of the advice!! =)

Donna - posted on 10/15/2010

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my 2yr old is about the same he used to eat aleast a little mince etc but now he refuses to to i just sub with vegitarian stuff his favourite (and mine) are vege burgers by sanatarium he will absolutely inhale them and want more!!!! mushrooms are good for them too my eldest loves to eat them raw and my 2yr old loves them cooked i just let them have as much as they want..... persivere (i know its hard) and just keep trying new things and eventually you will find something that works for you and her

Heather - posted on 10/15/2010

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Meat is actually very hard for little bodys (and big body's) to digest, If she does not like meat i would not push it. I did not even allow either of my kids to try met till my oldest was almost 3 and my youngest was over 3. There are tons of great ways to get protein in them that is easier to digest adn actually healthier for her. You could do soups with beans in them, do meat substitues that are made of veggie protien (my fav brand is Quorn brand for most things except meatballs i like Ians and hotdogs i like St. Ives), you can give them things liek fat free refried beans or blackbean quasidillas, you can puree white beans into almost anything for protein, you can give them smoothies with all natural protein suppliments in them, etc. Good luck :o)

Lisbeth - posted on 10/15/2010

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my daughter is the same way she is 2 and really doesn't like meat so I replace it with other food like peanut butter, lentils, beans, hummus etc.. I will all so cook her vegetables with meat so hopefully she gets some of the meat juice with it.

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