I have a picky eater!

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E Victoria - posted on 07/27/2010

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What I do w/ my little girl, is make her try the foods she doesn't like. She says she doesn't like the food before she even tries it. So I get her to try the food by bribing her, I tell her she can't have any snacks if she doesn't try the food. Some times I'll show her the snack or food she really likes, so she can see what she'll get if she tries the food. I ask her to take 1 bite and she can have something she likes. Just getting her to try food helps, cuz she'll find foods she does actually like. After the 1 bite of food I increase it to asking her to take 3 bites, 5 bites, etc. I made a chart at one time on things she needed to work on, one of the things on the chart was to try new foods, if she tried a new food she got a sticker for the day on that item on the chart. She tells me herself that we need to try new foods, cuz she knows she'll be rewarded for trying new foods. Even though I bribe her and all, she's still a very picky eater, but at least she's now trying new foods. I hope that helps you

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E Victoria - posted on 07/29/2010

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Oh, hmm at that age it was hard getting her to eat anything, she didn't quite understand bribery...but she loved katsup, she liked to dip anything in it, my daughter didn't like the way the food looked sometimes, so I made them as plain as possible, like just a hamburger (ground beef patty) and the bun, no lettuce, pickles ect., she ate eggs when I made them into tiny small itty bitty bite size burritos (a bit of eggs in a small tiny piece of tortilla), she liked the way her food was tiny, she'd eat quesadilla's without even knowing I put tiny bits of chicken in them, so if you can get away w/ sneaking other foods into meals try that. When she get's older, bribery will help get her to eat/try new foods.

Cara - posted on 07/28/2010

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Hey thanks! Ya that does help. Except my daughter is 18 months old.. i guess i could start trying the bribing and giving her some of her "favorite" foods if she does eat something new and different.. thats a really good idea! I really appreciate the help!

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