Any feeding tips for a picky eater?

Carla - posted on 04/30/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




My little boy is turning one on may 22nd. He will eat puréed food just fine but he refuses to eat finger foods (including pieces of fruit) and he doesn't like chunky food. Any tips to get him eating better?? Or do I wait until he is "ready" as I have been told by many?


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Carla - posted on 04/30/2012




Thanks girls. He had some trouble when he was born, which resulted in a bit of a hearing loss, so when it comes to speech, he's right on target and is being followed very closely. Other than that, no disabililties, just picky & stubborn!! He will eat a teething cookie (the Farley ones if you know what I mean?) and they are not rice, so they don't just disolve - so, he has no problem with chewing.... just wish he would take an interest! He'll eat cheerios etc., when I put them in his mouth.

Edith - posted on 04/30/2012




I had 2 that here small for their age. the first one had a very smart dr. "They will eat when they are hungery. Do not push food on him. Have foods that are good for him there when he gets ready to eat" You do not say if he has a disability. Some children do not like the way some foods feel in their mouth. Let him see you eat finger foods offering some to him after a few bites. At some point he should want to try it when he sees you enjoying the food.

Alison - posted on 04/30/2012




Keep offering him finger foods (cheerios, fruit, finely chopped meat, frozen peas - popular with my girls). I wouldn't get too worked up about it at 12 months, but he does need to graduate in the coming months. Chewing actually helps to develop the muscles needed for language development (as well as those that help control drooling!).

I don't think this is necessarily indicative of a greater issue, but I will share what I do know. I was recently filling out a questionnaire for my daughter who seems to have some sort of sensory disorder (nothing terribly serious) and one of the questions was involving pickiness with certain food textures. Kids are funny sometimes and this very well may be something he will grow out of. On the other hand, if you notice any other behaviors that make you go "hmm", you might want to look into it.

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