4 YEAR OLD IS SUCH A PICKY EATER

Claire - posted on 01/16/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I would love some advice on how to get my 4 yr old daughter to eat better foods. She is soooo picky. It is chix nuggets, cheese quesadillas, poptarts, grits or peanut butter sanwiches. I have tried just about EVERYTHING! HELP! I am so worried she will become diabetic....

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Michelle - posted on 01/18/2009

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My son is the same way. Loves his pop tarts. bananas, waffles, corn dogs & hot dogs. I would try giving her the food that you are wanting her to eat. If she chooses not to try that is fine....don't let her get anything else in place of that meal. If she is hungry enough she will eventually try it & probably love it. Good luck.

Nicole - posted on 01/18/2009

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Me too, my 2.5 yr old son has been getting away with picky eating beause he's speech delayed and now I'm thinking, I need to get a little tougher.  Kids definately have preferences, but they need to try something new several times before their taste buds develop a taste for whatever it is.  With my 4 yr old daughter, I was always letting her try whatever I was eating, even if she just ate, which I think really helped becauase then she was trying it out of curiosity, rather than hunger.  I wouldn't put a lot of pressure on new foods though, you'll find yourself battling more than eating and poor assosiations can develop with eating in general.  A little bit when ever you can introduce the new food and you just might find that your little one's curiosity will get the best of him/her when it's their decision to try it.  funny how some of these things work :)  And you can't reason with them either, that doesn't have any effect until they are at least 8 or 9, 15-16? lol  (I'm 31 and my mother still can't get me to do things by reasoning)...Good luck!

Salah - posted on 01/17/2009

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I'm in the same boat!  My 4 1/2 yr. old son barley eats anything!  Chicken (breaded only) grilled cheese, fruit sncaks, and anything "crunchy".  I just supplement with vitamins for now and keep offering the healthy things!

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Keep offering different foods. My oldest son was like that and not i'm going through the same thing with my 4 year old. The rule is to have them try at least 10 times before they begin liking it. The 4 year old is still limited to about 6 foods but my 7 year son eats just about everything!

Clare - posted on 01/16/2009

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Fortunately for us my son has never been a picky eater, like Gina he has a few things he truely doesnt like and I can live with that. Have you tried making something you think she will like and eating it yourself and going over the top with recommendations to her?



My son has never liked eggs, every now and again we would try to give him something that was eggy. His recent favorite meal - Special Fried Rice he knows it has egg in it and loves it. This morning I had scrambled eggs for breakfast and I think he ate more than me :)



Just never give up. Fried rice could be a good choice as you can pop in plenty of veg or anything else you would like.



I would also play a bit dumb occassionally....."oh  a peanut butter sandwich, sure - Oh no we have run out Im sooo sorry! How about I make you a ..........instead???? And we will get more peanut butter tomorrow?



 



Hope I have helped

Tammi - posted on 01/16/2009

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I have the same problem with my 4 year old daughter however I have found she is starting to eat a few new things.  She enjoys doing groceries with me so before we go together we make a list of what we need and then when we get to the grocery store i encourage her to think about something that she hasn't tried before (I of course have and therefore can encourage eating it and it will also not go to waste IF she doesn't like it).  Another thing I do is in the morning or even the night before I give her two choices on what she would like for dinner if she picks one of her favorites I tell her we will have that and then the next dinner is my choice and I make something she has not tried before.  If she gives me a hard time about eating it I simply tell her she is not having anything else to eat until she eats some of her dinner.  She is not a veggie eater but I have managed to sneak those into pasta sauce by blending it in so she doesn't see the veggies,  she always tells me the sauce is good and "thanks for not putting vegetables in mine"  LOL



Good luck and I'm with the rest of the parents out there "just keep trying"

Gina - posted on 01/16/2009

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I agree with Tangie in her last statement.  If you tell your daughter NOW that what's for dinner is what's for dinner, you are more likely to get her to try new foods.  I have two daughters.  My oldest, step-daughter has a diet limited to about 6 items.  As she takes nursing classes, she's realizing that she needs to eat healthier.  It's a major challenge for her to try new foods, though.  My youngest was told to eat what was provided or there wouldn't be an alternative, and she ate.  She has the most well rounded diet, and it was easier for me to excuse things like cooked mushrooms and rice as items she just truly doesn't like to eat.

Tangie - posted on 01/16/2009

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My 4 yr old daughter had the same problem. She would only want to eat the foods that you are speaking about as well. As long as she is eating something, I wouldn't worry to much. But also try giving her the foods that you want her to eat and not allowing her to eat the other foods. When she gets hungry, she will sit at the table and eat your meal of choice. Good luck.

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