Picky Eater, HELP!!!!

Christina - posted on 04/08/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 4 yrs. old and an extremely picky eater. He always wants to eat the same things everyday.... He will not even try anything new. I have tried to make it fun for him, given him many options at each meal time, and have even tried to get him involved in the cooking process.... Yet I have no luck. Any tips in foods to try..... ???

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Janessa - posted on 04/18/2013

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I can only tell you what I have always done for my kids. For dinner especially, what I make they eat, I don't give them anything else. Even my little two year old is picking up on that, obviously you adjust a little for different ages. For my older kids its black and white, you don't eat dinner, you don't get anything else, for my 2 year old, we make her take a couple bites then give her a little of the thing she wants, then if she wants more she has to eat more of her dinner. We always just keep offering we never give up. Eventually they'll eat anything. My older kids do. My almost 4 year has gone without several times, and is just fine with that, sometimes he would rather not eat anything than what I serve. Now he's starting to actually eat his dinner more regularly, and in fact sometimes finishes before his older siblings. He often eats his salad first. This may seem harsh to some moms though, so do what works for you. This is what has worked for me, and my kiddos don't starve and still know I love them.

Amy - posted on 04/08/2013

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When my son was younger the doctor told him he had to eat a bite for every year old he was, after he ate 'x' bites he could say he didn't like it and didn't have to eat anymore. I always served 1 or 2 foods I knew he would eat and then I would do 1 new food at each dinner. Just because he didn't like it the first time, I would still keep giving it to him once a week and many times he'd start to like the food after he ate it a few times.

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Janessa - posted on 04/18/2013

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I can only tell you what I have always done for my kids. For dinner especially, what I make they eat, I don't give them anything else. Even my little two year old is picking up on that, obviously you adjust a little for different ages. For my older kids its black and white, you don't eat dinner, you don't get anything else, for my 2 year old, we make her take a couple bites then give her a little of the thing she wants, then if she wants more she has to eat more of her dinner. We always just keep offering we never give up. Eventually they'll eat anything. My older kids do. My almost 4 year has gone without several times, and is just fine with that, sometimes he would rather not eat anything than what I serve. Now he's starting to actually eat his dinner more regularly, and in fact sometimes finishes before his older siblings. He often eats his salad first. This may seem harsh to some moms though, so do what works for you. This is what has worked for me, and my kiddos don't starve and still know I love them.

Jennifer - posted on 04/15/2013

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My son used to eat his veggies for me with no problem but now he gives me a hard time. I started mixing in puréed veggies into things like meat loaf and you can mix in puréed squash to Mac n cheese. My husband is bad about eating veggies too so I don't tell him when I do it so eats it too.

Terri - posted on 04/11/2013

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Hi! I have the same issue with my son who has just turned four. He has always been an extremely picky eater. I would get so frustrated trying to cook up interesting new things just to have him refuse them outright. I have tried of late to introduce this rule: It's okay to not like a food but it's not okay to not try it. Even a little try. Just to introduce new tastes. But overall I don't worry too much as we have managed to steer him toward healthy foods as his preferences. So for breakfast he'll only eat oats or weetbix with honey, for lunch it's rice cake/ provita / brown bread with cheese, for dinner plain rice (brown) or pasta (wholewheat). There's always something raw like carrots or cucumber on the plate and he eats loads of apples. and that is literally it! Plus fish fingers :) Good luck!

Christina - posted on 04/09/2013

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Thank you for your suggestion Amy sometimes I tend to think I am the only one with this issue but there are many Mothers out there dealing with the same issue.

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