Getting an almost 3 year old boy to eat "real" food...?

Kat - posted on 03/16/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Alright ladies. I feel like I have exhausted my typical mommy resources on this subject: my little boy will be 3 in June and I cannot for the life of me get him to eat veggies. He's also to the point of being finicky around fruit now. He used to eat apples, grapes, pears, carrots, green beans and peas (among other varieties of produce)-though admittedly most of these were pureed, even when he was well into "eating what mommy eats".

Well that all stopped (hence my problem), and he generally will not eat what I eat. While I don't generally mind making a separate meal for him, I do mind having to give him multiple options at mealtime when I've already made two meals (one for myself and one for him) and I feel like I've tried every method of sneaking veggies that exists: I've tried spaghetti squash with tomato sauce (he loves pastas with and without sauce), I've pureed cheesy vegetables and mixed them into mac 'n cheese, I've made homemade donuts and ice cream with fruit purees, I've minced cauliflower into cheese quesadillas. I've tried just steaming veggies with and without sauces and giving them whole. I've tried raw veggies. I have cut things into cute little springtime shapes that I didn't know you could cut into springtime shapes. I've tried bribery, I've tried soups and stews, I've regressed to baby food, and I've "spiked" tomato sauce with other pureed veggies. This kid's taste buds could work for the CIA.

I thought I was doing really well with him when he was younger-he ate everything. Now the only saving grace is the occasional few bites of salmon and tomato sauce. Everything else is pastas -granted, whole grain pastas-, but still. So I am reaching out to you fellow mothers for anything, any small little piece of advice you can give me. He certainly sees me eating fruits and veggies, and even The Sneaky Chef can't get past him! I need help!

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Theresa - posted on 03/16/2011

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The only thing I can think of to tell you is this is a stage that most kids go through around this age. They do grow out of it. Just keep offering it to him, and keep trying differnt sneaky things.

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