New here with a picky eater

Maja - posted on 01/08/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi! I'm new here, just signed up, so forgive me if I don't quite know how it all works here :) My daughter will be two this month and I'm hoping to get some tips and advice from other moms with extremely picky eaters. My girl used to eat meat and some veggies (green beans, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, peas) Now she refuses ALL meat and except tomatoes nothing else goes. The list of her foods right now is very short : white rice, buttered noodles, a spoon or two of peanut butter (not every day), tomatoes and then of course she'd eat chips any time! She started eating boiled eggs about a month ago, wanted them every day then of course got sick of them.... She will eat crispy bacon for breakfast but that's about it. I'm getting concerned with her not eating meats or any veggies at this time. I know some things are temporary but where does one draw a line and begin to worry? She has not lost any weight, is happy as always etc. Thanks!!! :)

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Maja - posted on 01/09/2014

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Thanks Amanda. I may try the "veggie ketchup" :) There is one veggie soup my mom makes that she'll sometimes eat. And forget PediaSure. I'll make her shakes and she does like that. She likes a lot of crunchy things so yes I've made her kale chips. It's a hit and miss. Sometimes she'll eat sometimes not. I did the same with zucchini. But yes, all I can do is keep trying and tell myself it's a phase.... She's growing perfectly fine, is by no means on the skinny side :P and is a happy and healthy girl! I'm just worried that if this continues it will somehow start showing on her body you know..... Thanks for all the advice!

Amanda - posted on 01/09/2014

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Does she like plain spaghetti sauce? I like to make mine fresh at home and cook a lot of veggies into it and the puree it so there is no trace of veggies. Do think she would eat that over noodles... "ketchup" and noodles? Also what about kale chips? Jill is right that you will have to just keep trying. Their taste buds are changing constantly at this age and something she didn't like yesterday, she make liek today. I would voice concern with her pediatrcian next time you are in and try at least using a PediaSure kind of supplement if she will drink it in the interim. Check with your doctor or pharmacist first but a kid's gummy vitamin might be another thing to introduce her to at this point.

Maja - posted on 01/09/2014

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Thanks ladies! Well I tried making it fun for her cutting it in different shapes and sizes, using different dishes etc. No luck. She LOVES ketchup but will only eat ketchup. Or she'll dip the food and lick the ketchup but not eat anything else. We are to the point where we simply can't even have ketchup out b/c that's all she'll eat then LOL. Oh and hiding foods doesn't work either. She's a tricky one! The new thing we do now is have a "picnic". If you put her in her booster seat she'll either refuse all food or have two bites. so now she has her own little table and chair and we have a "picnic' there. Sometimes it's in front of the tv too (I know I know) but then she doesn't even realize that she's eating. I did that last night and she had 2 cups of noodles. Again, it's just buttered noodles but at least she had a good meal. I'm telling you, all the tricks I read about simply don't work with her :(

Amanda - posted on 01/09/2014

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Trying to make it fun for her. My two year old loves to dip things. Now it's gross to me but he eats just about anything if he has ketchup to dip it in. I figure if that is what gets him to try things, there are worse condiments out there that he could be eating. I buy organic/natural ketchup since he eats so much of it. I also try "hiding" foods within the foods that he likes. Mix some small diced cooked chicken in with mac and cheese. The sauce will cover it and she will eat the chicken without even knowing. I also chop up dry spinach and hide it in his grilled cheese sandwiches and serve it with tomato basil soup for dipping. I hope that this helps!

Jill - posted on 01/08/2014

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Just keep trying. It's a phase. As long as she is getting at least one good meal a day and the milk she will be fine. And of course check with your doctor.

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