DS has just turned 2 and has always been a fussy eater. It's now gotten to the point where he won't eat more than a couple of spoonfuls of dinner (if we are lucky). He's just not interested in savoury foods at the moment (and vegetables are at the very bottom of his list!) but will scoff fruit. What should I do? If he barely eats any savoury dinner should I give him fruit to fill him up instead or just let him go hungry and hope that it will encourage him to eat more next time?
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08-07-2013 20:21 #1Senior Member
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how to deal with toddler refusing food?
08-07-2013 20:55 #2
Does he eat much at breakfast and lunch?
Would he eat raw veggies like carrot sticks , cucumber or peas - as an afternoon snack maybe so its not a huge deal at dinner time to get the veggies in?
I think at this age they are trying to assert authority so if he's eating during the day just keep trying with dinner - fruit is good but more than 2 serves a day is too much and fruit really does not fill you up - I'd just be strong for a few nights and don't make a big deal and see if he eats - does he feed himself or like finger foods?
08-07-2013 21:11 #3Senior Member
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Breakfast he'll eat a bowl of cereal pretty well and lunch he'll have a sandwich ok (but will leave the crusts). He'll eat cruskits, biscuits, fruit-filled bars, banana, pear, mandarins, oranges, sometimes apples, sometimes sultanas, cheese is his all time favourite food, polony, ham, chicken, sometimes mince. He definitely won't eat any salad (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, carrot). We've finally got him slightly nibbling on broccoli stalks. I offer him different foods as I'm preparing them for dinner and he'll grab them but rarely do they make it past his lips. Usually they get a sniff and then he hands them back to me. His veg is usually a mix of potato, sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin, peas or broccoli all mashed together. He won't eat them in chunk-form. He's just started liking to feed himself with a new plate, bowl, fork and spoon which has breathed a bit of new life into his eating but I think the novelty is starting to wear off.
I was a fussy eater so maybe he takes after me. His 11mth old brother on the other hand is a guts who eats anything and everything!
08-07-2013 21:20 #4
Does he eat spaghetti bolognese? You could grate a zucchini & carrot and sauté it with the onion when making the sauce. If he likes meat, make rissoles with added grated veggies. You could also do a potato, pumpkin & sweet potato bake with a cheesy topping, my fussy DD will eat that all day!
08-07-2013 21:26 #5
Grated zucchini and carrot and celery are easily disguised in muffins, cakes, sauces, casseroles, patties, meatballs. You can take sweet potato and steam lightly and purée, add to yoghurts, home made custards and muffins. Avocado purée makes a mean choc mousse. You can hide all kinds of veg in sausage rolls. Pumpkin in bread and scones or puréed with frozen yoghurt.
Some kids love eating frozen peas
08-07-2013 22:39 #6
My 17 month old is going through this stage at the moment also. What I do is slow cook (to retain nutrients) grated beetroot, zucchini, carrot, sweet potato and finely shredded kale or spinach until I can mush it up. I add this mix to every meal with some protein and rice.
Breakfast is usually oats soaked in Greek yogurt overnight, with frozen berries, LSA, wheatgerm and chia seeds. Good luck!
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