My son has gotten tired of all the food I've been giving him.

Crystal - posted on 08/03/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son hasn't been eating anything I've been giving him. He's gotten tired of all the foods he liked before. He won't eat grilled cheese, hot dogs, and has pretty much stopped eating his Gerber Graduate meals. Does anyone have any creative and healthy suggestions?

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Personally I fix one meal for all of my family. IF you don't eat it then you wait for the next meal or snack time. I don't pander and we are VERY big on nutrition so I don't compromise on the fruits and veggies at each meal. If mine want the grilled cheese, mac and cheese, hot dogs, fish sticks, etc. then they HAVE to eat the fruits and veggies.
They eventually will eat it just because they are hungry. They won't starve if there is food in front of them. promise.

good luck and god bless

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Ashley - posted on 08/05/2010

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try adding something different to the meal... i like ketchup with my grilled cheese, but thats just me... (dont say eww, i saw it in a movie and got curious Bruce Almighty to be exact lol). see if he wants some "dip it" with something. you can also cook dinner for you and cut it up for him. hes growing, and his number ! job is to be as difficult as possible. just bear with him... anpother thing, do you know if he is getting tired of what you give him or could it just be that he hit another growth spurt and isnt all that hungry. my oldest goes through that all the time. just know he will eat when he is hungry enough. you could also try kid cuisines, my daughter loves the cheese pizza one... try lasagna and other stuff like that.

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I fully agree with Deanna, I make no special meals, if she doesn't eat then tough. She has to wait. They will eat if they're hungry.

Crystal - posted on 08/05/2010

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Thank you all so much for responding! It's good to know that everyone's child gets picky at one time or another. I appreciate the food suggestions. I will try some of your suggestions!!

September - posted on 08/04/2010

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Some of our son's favorites are...peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, homemade soups of all kind (cheese and broccoli is his all time favorite), homemade hummus and pita bread, homemade chicken nuggets, tuna casserole, pasta with homemade cheese sauce, mac and cheese, cottage cheese with fresh fruit, fresh steamed veggies of all kinds, fresh fruit of all kinds, tofu, cubed baked chicken, beef roast with carrots and potatoes, homemade crab cakes, homemade sweet potatoes french fries, all kinds of seafood (crab is his favorite), homemade fish sticks, whole grain rice, lamb chops, pork tenderloin, nutella and banana sandwiches...and I think that’s all I can think of for now. I'm always sure to offer a protein, veggies, fruit, dairy, grain and carbohydrate with each meal. I love to cook and explore all foods and I think because of this our son is not a picky eater. I'm sure I could come up with more ideas if you need or want them. Good luck and enjoy!

Amelia - posted on 08/03/2010

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its amazing how when you present something in a fun way, they're more willing to eat it.

try using cookie cutters/sandwich cutters, food coloring, or just arrange the food to make a fun shape or face.

Jenni - posted on 08/03/2010

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*Sigh* I hear ya. My 2 year old has been picky since he first started solids. I use to get so stressed about his eating habits (still do). Worrying if he' getting enough veggies, protein etc. He'll eat nothing but grilled cheeses for a week. Then go off those and eat nothing but PB&Js. He refuses to eat any kind of meat. Occasionally I can get him to eat the odd fishstick or chicken nugget. Some weeks I don't know what to give him because he'll go off mostly everything he's eaten the previous week.
What i do is offer him at least one thing I know he'll eat (or at least think he will) even if it's just a type of fruit. One thing he sometimes eats and one new food or one he hasn't eaten in awhile. I don't stress anymore if he only eats a couple grapes off his plate and doesn't touch the rest. I've found that he will make it up at his next meal. I've also found that some days he'll eat like a bird all day or for a few days at a time and then suddenly he's eating like a horse for a couple days. When i notice his appetite has increased i know this is time to introduce new foods or foods he has baulked in the past.
He also only gets what i decide to serve. (although i do let him pick certain foods on his own). I don't substitute other foods just to get him to eat something. I don't want him to get in the habit of refusing food because he thinks he'll get something better. He will just have to wait until his next meal.
Since i've been doing all of this he's getting better and better at eating and trying new foods.
Btw. cookie cutters make awesome shapes for sandwhiches or grilled cheeses. I also make up fun names for foods like "broccoli trees or pink toast" (toast with strawberry cream cheese). Try pastas with fun shapes. Just remember to keep his foods simple and basic. Too many ingrediants/tastes are a bit overwhelming for picky eaters.

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