Mac N Cheese?

Joanna - posted on 12/01/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 14 mo old Daughter will only eat Mac n Cheese and original Goldfish. is this okay or should i offer other things and just let her get hungry until she eats other things I offer her? I do still give her 3 bottles of half formula and half whole milk but I know she needs more than that. What should I do?

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If you feed her Mac N Cheese I would use whole grain pasta that way it is better for her then your typical boxed M&C. Since you know she likes cheese maybe try adding cheese to broccoli or throw broccoli in her M&C? Pasta isn't a horrible thing to eat but you have to dress it up! Use whole grains when possible, throw in veggies & meats, & top w/your cheese sauce or spag sauce and its all of a sudden nutritious! :) Also know that kids go through phases like this! It usually lasts for a month or two where they favor a certain food and then it'll pass and they won't touch it for months...My son loves spaghetti and would eat it all and then one day he didn't like the onions...later I explained to him how I made them caramelized & delicious and then the next time he was asking for all of mom & dad's onions...the time after that, all he'd eat was the onions and chunks of tomatoes? He's now back to eating all of his spaghetti but boy is it annoying at times!

C. - posted on 12/06/2009

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I am SO glad I didn't have that problem. When I do give my son the Gerber Graduates or Preschool dinners, like the Mac & Cheese one, he would rather eat the veggies! I gave him one just yesterday and he ate a few forkfuls of the Mac & Cheese and then started on the veggies. I had to mix the veggies in with the Mac & Cheese just so he would eat the pasta! I just realized how lucky I am!

Honestly, I would try to give her something else. I wouldn't let her go hungry, but maybe giving her low-sodium vegetable juice so she at least gets some veggies in there and also there is Fruitables and V8 Fusion, which are both vegetables AND fruit. She may grow out of that soon though. But in the meantime I would try those juices.

Joanna - posted on 12/06/2009

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Thanks for all the answers! I'm going to try some new foods and use mac n cheese as a back up. I got down chicken noodle soup tonight! :) we'll keep working on it!
Thanks Again!

Gwen - posted on 12/02/2009

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Definitely offer other things. She is not going to get the nutrition she needs from mac n/ cheese and goldfish. QUIT GIVING HER THOSE until she learns to like other foods. You could try cooked veggies (green beans and sliced carrots make good finger foods if she doesn't use utensils yet), applesauce, peaches, pears, yogurt, cottage cheese, bananas, spaghetti, chicken noodle soup, raisins, mashed potatoes...

Sharon - posted on 12/01/2009

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LOL they all go through this stage. It drove me nuts. Only mac-n-cheese, only cereal, only spaghetti... omg its enough to make you go spare.



hang in there. keep offering good foods, eat good foods and eventually she will come around.

Aimey - posted on 12/01/2009

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Slow introduce her to different foods. Let her pick them out, like her fruits and veggies, thats what I did with my daughter. She was more apt to eatting the stuff she picked out herself! Use the Mac N Cheese as a backup if she won't eat anything else, switch over to the whole grain pasta, that is a little more healthy for her. Hope that helps you out a bit! Good luck Joanna!!!

Brandi - posted on 12/01/2009

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Offer her a variety of healthy options at each meal. She will eat when she's hungry. Try to offer her at least one thing she likes at each meal, but supplement with new foods. DO NOT BECOME A SHORT ORDER COOK!!! Just fix whatever you all are going to eat and she gets that. When children are hungry they'll eat. She really can't JUST eat Mac and Cheese and goldfish. But she also doesn't need much more than the formula. Like I said just feed her what you eat (modify if necessary for her capabilities) and she'll get the hint. She'll eat if she's hungry.

Erika - posted on 12/01/2009

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Try mixing different baby foods with her formula. I worked in a daycare and any time a mother was trying to intoduce different foods I would mix them with the flavors the child was most comfortable with already. For breakfast I would take a scoop of formula with a half a jar of baby food (a fruit flavor) and add a little warm water, I never intoduced it to a baby that didn't like it.

Amber - posted on 12/01/2009

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Kids are going to eat strange things when they are that age, what I did with mine was offer them all kinds of things not all at once cause that can be overwhelming for her but just once in awhile offer another fun food for her to try an see what happens. Someday she will get to eating all kinds of different foods. She sounds like she's pretty healthy I wouldn't worry about it.

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