how to get a 3yr old to eat anything beyond fries and nuggets

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Paula - posted on 01/21/2009

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Stop with the nuggets and fries altogether. He/She won't go long before taking what you have. At 3 they already understand. Tell them they have to eat what you've made and that's it. If he/she gives you too much of a hard time then say ok you won't eat, next time they come around to eat give em the same thing again...you won't starve your child, but the first few times/days will take some patience and repetition.

Olivia - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Jaunae:

how to get a 3yr old to eat anything beyond fries and nuggets




Offer other foods and refuse to cook nuggets/fries.  He/she wont let himself starve, if he's/she's  hungry enough, he'll/she will eat.



or you can make your own together!  the more you do that, you can make all sorts of food together, he'll /she'll be more eager to try new foods that way.



3yrs old isnt too late to re-train their food vocabulary.



hope this helps!



 

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Jessica - posted on 01/22/2009

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just don't have any nuggets around. cut up fruit, and cheese, and veggies, dips...start small. fun finger foods. Have the foods around on the table at meal times.eat them yourself, and enjoy them, but don't push them on him/her. no issues. just eat and talk and be yourself. your child will get hungry, and will (hopefuly) sneek up to try some. if and when he/she does, don't pay any ifs about it, just go on enjoying them together.
at supper, try making simple foods, plain chicken with a dip (ketchup, taziki...whatever) cut the chicken up and introduce veggies in very small quantities. rewards (desserts) only with good eating.
i hope it helps...
jess

Melissa - posted on 01/22/2009

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I have done WW before also. It worked really well for me before....then I got pregnant and gained 104 pounds!!! I still haven't lost it LOL. I have lost 8.8 pounds so far but I need to lose a total of about 80 pounds according to my doctor and WW. I am sure it is going to take a while but that is ok with me.....as long as I keep it off this time!

Olivia - posted on 01/22/2009

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As he gets older I'm more lenient on letting try new foods.  It was just last week he tried a bunch for the first time. Pizza, cake, and chocolate.  The chocolate of which was his favorite.  As long as I know he's gotten the good stuff in him first, I'm not so strict on the bad stuff.  Once a week isnt bad at all. And if she thinks its a treat and not the norm, that good for you both!  I think you are doing a great job!



I too am back on WW.  I've been successful in the past. Since the pregnancy (and quitting smoking) I am at my largest.  40 Lb lost would be ideal for me. My husband on the other hand has been a calorie burner all his life.  He has  a physical job, so I'm sure that plays the biggest part.
Its all in moderation ~ thats what I say. :)

Melissa - posted on 01/22/2009

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Wow, Olivia and I thought I was doing good, but you make his food from scratch....that is very impressive. I am not quite that dedicated! LOL We do hot dogs usually one day a week, usually on the weekends, although I have not made plans for dinner tonight, my husband is working so it will be just me and Tori....hmmmmm....LOL...I am sure it will either be hotdog and veggie night or salad with chicken on top! LOL

As for whole milk, I have never given Tori whole milk. I tried to breastfeed in the beginning and that did not work out so well for us....I didn't produce enough to satisfy her, so we went to formula, then when she was almost a year old we shoved the formula and went with skim milk. We have never drank whole milk, it does a terrible number on my stomach! Plus I am obsessively concerned about weight since both my husband and myself have both always and still do struggle with our weight. When Tori was about 2-4 months old she stayed in about the 95-98% for weight...however, this is no longer the case....she just made it into the 50% at her 3 year old check up!

Olivia - posted on 01/22/2009

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Yep same with my son. He loves yogourt.  I'm not sure where you are located, but Walmart sells yogourt called Lil' Ones.  They are made from whole milk. Which is what he needs.  Its sweetened with real fruit juices, and no gelatine.  No artificial colors, flavors.etc.  I think they are great and those are the only ones i buy. As for hot dogs, not sure If i would give my son that.  He hasnt had it yet.  I am a super-duper salt freak.  I am freakshly afraid of him getting too much salt and processed stuff.  I make all of HIS food from scratch, all fresh.  When our schedule allow which is usually only on weekends, we sit down together and eat, I try and be healthy as possible.  He's  not quite 18mos yes, so his fat intake I'm not hugely concerned about.  Of course healthy fat is the way to go.  I dont give him anything processed or with high sodium.  HE is still being breasfed, so what salt he needs, he is still getting it from that.  And plus, there are tons of natural occuring salt in much of the foods he normally eats.  Instead of cheesies for snack, I give him the Gerber snacks in the can. They are much like cheesies, but they are made with whole grains, no salt, and natural flavor. There is veggie and tomatoe. And he LOVES those.  So its a win win!
I know most of us are out of time with our busy schedule, and its so easy to give them something quick.  pop in the microwave whatever. But I set aside one full day out of the month and make a bunch of food for him ahead of time.  I freeze it in ice cube trays, then place them in ziploc freezer bags, and label them.  When I come home, take them out pop in microwave and voila!!  Now thats convient.  Sometimes our busy lives get the best of us.  But its the child that suffers at the end. I hope I never have a struggle with him later in life to have to force healthy foods in him.  And hey, if he does become a picky eater no matter what, well atleast I know its not because of what I did. and thats good peace of mind.



many good points here, I hope this helps with any of you struggling with the similar situation.



:)



 



Olivia

Melissa - posted on 01/22/2009

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Olivia that is awesome!! Tori is funny about hot dogs (one of the rare meats we can count on her eating LOL). She doesn't realize why some hot dogs she doesn't like but the ones at home she does like.....I buy fat free hot dogs! LOL I have started back on Weight Watchers and fat free hot dogs are only 1 point, so they are the only hot dogs I will buy!!! LOL There are so many odd things....like Tori only likes non-fat yogurt with fruit inside....she loves yogurt and has been eating it forever, but when she started on yogurt that is what I bought for her, since I wanted her to eat the most healthy version of it...now that is all she will eat...bless her little heart, I can remember from the time she started to talk and then walk...."yo-yo mommy, yo-yo"then when she could open the fridge she would go and get it out of the fridge and run to me with it "yo-yo mommy i want yo-yo" Now the poor child think yogurt is a side item for every meal!! LOL

Olivia - posted on 01/22/2009

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Some great points Melissa.  I too have taken that approach.  When I first started my l/o on solids, I prepared veggies that I've never heard of.  He always had such a variety. Now that he is fast approaching 18 mos, I have to agree, my son will not eat chicken nuggets, nor will he eat pizza. He has never been exposed to those textures, so he will not eat it.  Which is great.  We too try and snack on good foods, so that when he does come around to be curious of what we are eating, he'll be exposed to healthy foods.  YOu know my son will not eat white pasta?  he LOVES pasta, but only whole wheat or whole grain.  its not too late to re-train some taste buds.

Melissa - posted on 01/22/2009

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I have to agree with the other mom's here...stop offering fries and nuggets. By allowing your 3 year old to eat only or even primarily fries and nuggets you are only instilling bad eating habits. My husband and I both have struggled and still struggle with our weight...so we decided from the time Tori could have baby food we would expose her to all of the healthy foods possible...even ones we don't like. Fast food - hamburgers, nuggets, fries, etc. are rare occassion treats....and believe it or not my 3 year old won't eat nuggets...even when we allow fast food she would rather have the hamburger with cheese (she insists this is NOT a cheeseburger, it is a hamburger with cheese LOL) so that she can have the "salad on top", she loves lettuce and tomato...and as far a fries go she would rather have yogurt or oranges that so many of the fast food places are offering now.



I guess my advice is change what foods are given. Children will not go hungry for long...they eventually will eat what is offered. We try very hard to not make separate meals for Tori...however, she is not a huge meat fan...(except hamburgers with cheese) she will eat most meat but it kindof depends on the day....so as a meat alternative we allow her to have a peanut butter sandwhich (since we use low fat peanut butter) so that she will get in her protein...but the rest of the meal is the same...she must eat all of her veggies in order to have the pb sandwhich.



So far it is working for us.....let me know it goes.

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