I'm going crazy... any help would be much appreciated!
My 18mth old DD has always been pretty uninterested in food, but I thought it may improve as she gets older.
We've tried to offer her a wide variety of food, and to keep offering her food that she refuses. In some cases that's worked (e.g., it took maybe 90+ goes before she would try a grape, but now she'll eat them), but in others not.
I'm getting so frustrated, as I feel as if she has the same foods all the time, and isn't getting a healthy balance of everything she should be having.
It's really getting me down that I keep cooking her dinners that I think she'll like, and she either refuses to try them or else spits them out.
Even with food she DOES like I usually have to bribe her to eat at dinner time. (E.g., drawing a flower every time she eats a mouthful!)
At the moment her day is like this:
Breakfast: She'll eat baby wheat cereal mixed with pureed pear or yoghurt. I'm trying to get her to eat muesli/ something that isn't baby food, but not having the greatest success.
Lunch: Sometimes just a banana. Other times scrambled egg on toast, or she'll pick at things like frozen peas (she loves them), sultanas, and soy-lin bread.
Dinner: Erghh... Sometimes scrambled egg. Sometimes spaghetti bolognese. Sometimes just a yoghurt. She'll reliably eat the Heinz 1-3yr old tinned foods, but I want her to eat 'real' food so don't like offering those very often.
Snacks: Cheese, sultanas, banana, rusks, milk.
If she doesn't eat her dinner then I don't usually offer her an alternative, but I do give her yoghurt. I know that may be reinforcing the 'not eating' thing, but I'm worried about her having no nutrition at all, and also waking up hungry.
I just don't know how to get her to try new things. She's average weight, so she's not starving, but I worry about her health. I keep reading things about children's food preferences being 'set' in early life, which makes me think I will end up with a child with eating / weight problems or nutritional deficiencies!
She seems to want to eat 'baby' food, but she has most of her teeth, and I don't know how to get her to eat things she has to chew more. Dinner is the worst meal, as she's normally tired and not keen to eat at all.
Anyone have any advice? What does your 18mth old eat?
Feeling extra sad, after just having another dinner rejected, and a DD put to bed with no food.