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- Wedding: June 2010
Any ideas??!! Thanks!
Any ideas??!! Thanks!
Sounds like a normal 15-month old. My son was sometimes a picky eater as a child but I never forced the issue. I let him eat, within reason, whatever he wanted to. And I’m happy to tell you that he is now a full-grown, normal, healthy, adult male and has no negative eating issues whatsoever. And he loves vegetables now.
I would encourage your child to eat or at least try things but if he/she doesn’t like it, don’t force it. My pedicatrician told me to put the food in front of him and if/when he’s hungry, he’ll eat. Otherwise don’t worry too much about it. Food should never become a power struggle.
Tell him he will grow big like mommy/daddy. lol I used to tell my little cousin this all the time and it got her to eat them.
Otherwise there is a website that has recipies for sneaking veggies in foods like macaroni and cheese.
I would just google “how to hide veggies for kids.”
I found with my girls that if I took all unhealthy options away (chicken nuggets, fish sticks, etc) and just provide options that meet your standard for healthy food, they will eat it. We started havig this problem when our first daughter was about that age. We simply stopped buying food we didn’t want her to eat (chicken nuggets for her) and that fixed that. Now she is the healthiest eating six year old I know.
Hiding the veggies in other food like mac and cheese is a bad idea, that is not how you teach healthy food habits.
If you put spinach in the food processor with cheese, and grind it down, then make it into grilled cheeses, I bet he will eat it. My bonus son thought green grilled cheese was awesome.
Have you tried dip? He also would eat veggies raw if he could dip it; ranch dressing, sour cream, or cheese dips also worked
@Well she’s never had chicken nuggets or anything like that. She mostly eats cottage cheese and strawberries/blueberries. She also eats nutra-grain bars, grilled cheese, and she likes olives. I sit her on her lap and try to get her to eat from my plate sometimes so she did like string beans and baked beans last night…IDK, I haven’t stressed out too much about it. She has had french fries, but probably only twice. I was just wondering what everyone else did and what was the level of concern. haha.
My sister is going through this with my nephew who will be 3 in October– my advice has always been the same– your will power needs to be stronger. Serve him what’s for dinner, and if he doesn’t want to eat it, that’s fine. When he’s hungry, he’ll eat.
IMO At 15 months a power struggle isn’t necessary and she really won’t understand the concept of “eating what is for dinner”. Although i would like to ask if it worked for your young children? Did you sit them on your lap and they ate from your plate, or they sat in their high chairs?
EDT-i ask because my pedi said to have her eat from my plate.
Maybe ranch dressing with the veggies? That’s how my mom got my sister and I to eat veggies!
@flamingred: No kids yet, but I know there are a ton of great books/articles on hiding veggies in foods. Does she like spaghetti? You can easily mix in some peppers, mushrooms, or chunks of tomato. Things like that – but it sounds like she’s eating pretty healthy otherwise and it’s just a phase.
Or you could be really evil like my mom, and stuff the middle of the olives with nasty things. Haha! My mom used to grind up pills that I had to take and put them in the middle…..unpleasant surprise for me!
I have a 37 year old Darling Husband with the same problem:)
Seriously, a lot of small children will eat anything they can dip. Basically they are playing with their food but it does work. You also might want to focus on sweeter, milder vegetables and save the Brussels sprouts for later. Or never.
I really like the dip idea! Maybe I can just make straight up veggie dip and she can dip fries in it. LOL. Tomato gives her the WORST rash so even though she loves spaghetti I haven’t been giving it as much because her poor little butt gets all red and rashy.
@flamingred: Oh no! That was me and pineapple as a child, thank goodness I grew out of it because I love pineapple. I would be so sad if it still gave me a rash on my bottom. 🙁 Haha
ETA: Sorry for over sharing, that was my way of saying hopefully your daughter grows out of getting a rash from tomatoes, because tomatoes are also delicious.
My child is 7 and still won’t.
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