How can I get my 3-yr old 2 eat? She likes snacks, of course, but she will not eat a real meal. No fruit, vegtables, or protein. WHen I try to get her to eat something, she continually cries and refuses. I tried bribery and postive reinforcement, but nothing works. She will only eat bread for her meals. I have no idea what to do! Help!


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Jennifer - posted on 10/19/2011




Thank you so much, ladies, foir taking the time to help me out! I will definately try your suggestions and let u know. Always nice to hear from other moms that understand my struggles. My daughter loves to cook with me so I will get her to help me make some bread. Thanks!

Tiffanie - posted on 10/18/2011




I have a picky eater too! I talked to my doctor about it.This is what I have found that helped me...I give her a pediatric drink (Pediasure or similar) everyday. Comes in a couple of different flavors. I also only use veggie/fruit juice combos. Since she is eating bread...maybe its a "texture" issue for her. Try different banana, zucchini, pumpkin. If that works..add in your protein, and other veggies & fruit (babyfood works the best) to it... I agee with the book recommendation "Deceptively Delicious" I finally got my daughter to eat Mac & I add carrot or sweet potato baby food to it. Try to do as much "homemade" stuff as possible..that way you always know what is in it.

Toys can help too. For fruits..we have the Strawberry Shortcake series.. That got her "interested".

The whole family (when possible) eats together for meals. She will sometimes "try" what we are eating. She thinks its cool to be like mom and dads. This has really helped getting her to eat more stuff. She is 3 years and 2 months old now...and eats all kinds of fruits, several veggies and many other items.

I hope this helpful for you. Good Luck!

Amanda - posted on 10/17/2011




Make your own fruit cupcakes, puree the fruit and mix it in with the batter. You also make savoury ones with cheese and spinach or whatever veggies you have. Or try cheese scones or some sort of fruit or veggie slice. You can also get fruit bread and savoury bread, or make your own.
Mini quiches are good too.

Have you tried giving her some crackers and homemeade dip??

Make a smoothy, mix fruit puree through a yoghurt, juice some fruit a veggies and give it too her as a drink or freeze to make an ice block

There are so many things you can hide fruit and veggies in. You just need to find something that she likes and work with that

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