15 month old refusing many foods.

Melanie - posted on 03/05/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter (15 months) was consistently eating a well-balanced healthy diet. However, recently she has become very picky and it's a struggle to get her to eat more than a few bites of many things. She is teething, so that is probably a factor, but she has never behaved this way before. I have even tried to include many more finger foods to her to try.

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Emily - posted on 03/05/2009

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First of all. I would never let your 15 month old practice with a knife. (DUH) and secondly, you shouldnt be putting cereal in any childs bottle, regardless of his age. It's a choking hazard. But I know exactly what you're going through. Today my 14 month old only wanted yogurt. That was IT. I have to be sneaky. Like when I was preparing his yogurt, i broke up little pieces of broccoli and stired them in. He was none the wiser ;) With his oatmeal yesterday, I mixed in pureed corn. It's probably a phase but sometimes you gotta get creative!

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Melanie - posted on 03/06/2009

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to my concerns.  I really appreciate the advice and tips.  I will definitely take them into consideration in the weeks to come.

Emily - posted on 03/06/2009

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I have tried actually, and yes it can cut you. honestly...a spoon is more dangerous than giving a baby a knife? lol. your logic makes no sense.

Megan - posted on 03/06/2009

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have you ever tried to cut yourself with plastic knives? it'll cut a strawberry, and maybe processed meat. but it wouldnt cut a child. i'd be more afraid of giving my daughter a real spoon, i've been cut on those several times while doing dishes.



a plastic knife (under supervision) is no more dangerous to your child than a fork or spoon.

Emily - posted on 03/06/2009

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Comparing a 15 month old and a highschooler? Sorry I dont think I'm going to be giving my baby a knife anytime soon. Maybe when he's older than 2. You can never be too careful, even with supervision. A 15 month old cant understand how to use a knife correctly, and that you cant grab it where its sharp. A fork or spoon maybe, but honestly...a knife? Now I've heard everything.

Megan - posted on 03/05/2009

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i agree on the plastic knife. play-doh sets come with essentially the same thing, and i know of 15 month old who play with them. crap, my mom made my play-doh, and i used plastic utensils to play with it.



thats like how we couldnt have plastic knives in high school. completely rediculous

Heather - posted on 03/05/2009

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I would have to disagree with using a plastic knife.  Just as children need to learn to use a spoon, fork, or cup the use of a knife prepares children for other skills in their life.  Children need to experience different ways to work their fine motor skills.  A plastic knife under adult supervision is a safe way to encourage fine motor development in young children.  It is the same as teaching your child to use scissors which is a much needed fine motor skill need in preschool and elementary school. 

Megan - posted on 03/05/2009

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it's because your daughter is developing her own personality, and is expressing her will to be in control. it's a battle of wills from now on out. all you can do is keep offering the things she refuses, but don't force her to eat it if she really doesn't want it. offer her something you know she likes, but only AFTER trying to get her to eat the new or refused foods.



my daughter started this at nine months, and it really is a test of patience, but keep trying, because it's worth it.

Heather - posted on 03/05/2009

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I would let her help you cut up bite size foods that she maybe interested in eating.  Let her use a plastic knife to help.  Additionally, as many doctors will tell you (they told me), children will eat when they are hungry.  I have worried about my littlest eating, but he eats and tells me he is hungry.  He talks now, but before talking he would go to the frig or pull something out of the cabinet.  Let her guide  you.  She won't starve as long as you offer her food.  And sometimes if she cries because it is not what she wants, it is good to cry.  She will begin to realize that "hey I gotta eat what they give me an dit isn't so bad'.  Just a few thoughts.

Beth - posted on 03/05/2009

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My son went through that after about 1 1/2 years too and I just fed him whatever he would eat and as much of it as possible.  There was a week where he only wanted eggs, and then there wa the oatmeal day, and the apple sauce few days, and of course the hot dog month.  He at other things during those times too, but he much preferred the things that he wanted of course.  I found with him that as long as I didn't force him he eventually came around and when he was hungry he'd just tell me what he wanted to eat.  On the days where he was extra picky I would sneak a touch of baby cereal into his bottle to give him some extra calories.  Everyone's different, but that's how I did it.  He was a uper good eater most of the time, many healthy choices and well balanced meals, but still to this day he has moments where he'll only eat spaghetti for a whole week.

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