What is your LO eating??

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What is your LO eating??

So I'm at a loss with wyatt. his food choices are so boring and he is refusing to try anything new lately :confused:

As of now he will eat:

PB&J
Mac & Cheese
Grilled Cheese sandwhich
cheese quesidila
Hot Dogs
Bologna
Turkey/Ham Lunch meat
Chicken nuggets
spaghetti
Almost all fruits

The problem is I find myself having to make multiple meals to accomodate everyone in the house Sad He won't eat ground beef, or beef of any kind, Fish, baked/grilled/bbq chicken, veggies or anything else off the list. Tonight we went to dinner and even though the menu said noodles with spaghetti sauce they only had rigatoni style noodles and he refused to eat. He just kept saying "yucky" until I had the waitress bring him a grilled cheese sandwhich. I'm wondering what your little ones eat and if they have specifics they refuse to eat....

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I am quite harsh. Everyone eats the same meal, be it a mild chicken curry, a meat and veggie pie with mash to stir fry. If they don't want it, then they don't get anything else. The only thing Harry won't eat is onions if they're not chopped really small, Miller eats anything......even the WHOLE apple.

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I'm another one who is strict on the eating part. She eats what we have as I'm not making anything special. I don't push her to finish something if she doesn't want to, but I also don't give her anything else if she doesn't eat. She eats really well though and will try everything as I also go by the you have to try one bite then you don't have to eat anymore of something. It took some work at first on the try part, but she doesn't fight me anymore as she's figured out she only needs to do that one bite. Often times though she will eat more of it as she likes it, but not always.

Yesterday we had wildrice, grilled chicken breast and salad. She at the tomatos, cucumbers, shredded carrots from the salad and the chicken and didn't want the rice. She had one bite of it and then I was ok with her being done with it.

Tonight we're having oven fried pork chops, corn on the cob and tomatos fresh from the grandparents garden, tomorrow will be Chicken Piccata Toss with Brussel sprouts. I try for a wide variety although I'm forced to cook a lot since she can't have dairy. It is hard to go out and eat and find stuff for her.

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Ellie is pretty much a garbage disposal. she'll try anything. she takes it OUT of her mouth and says yucky if she doesnt like it. and if everyone else is eating it and liking it she HAS to have it!

have you tried reverse psychology and refused to share foods that you want him to eat? like tell him he can't have a bite of your salad/veggies/whatever.

i was always a picky eater myself, so i can't really relate because i was picky but DD isnt.

for sure just keep making it and giving options, try bribery "if you try the green beans, you can have more grilled cheese" etc...
or give him 3 vegetable options and have him pick one. keep trying new ways to eat them- some kids like raw broccoli but not cooked.
Or sneak it in, chop spinach pretty fine and add it to spaghetti sauce (jars of babyfood pureed carrots work AWESOME too!)

and if nothing else works, just keep offering it and DON'T make a big deal out of it. i was one of those kids that the bigger deal you made, the more stubborn i'd get. I was also so picky i'd cry if i had to take a bite of something i didnt like.

I babysat a little boy who was way pickier than that, and it was very rough, but he was picky about EVERYTHING in his life and he was very very very difficult all around. and i guess he's still like that, i have no idea what his parents do with a teenager who will only eat chicken nuggets, ham, hotdogs, spaghetti, and chocolate chip cookies.

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We make one meal and the girls are given small portions of everything. When they want more of something they have to eat more or most of whatever is left on their plate before having seconds.

I try really hard not to make "special" meals for them because I want them to have a variety, but I do make exceptions like omitting the spicy sauce from Ava's meat because she doesn't like it.

Madi will seriously eat ANYTHING.

Her favorites:
carrots
pizza
sandwiches; grilled cheese, ham and cheese, PB&J, tuna
apples
oranges
cucumbers
tomatoes
french fries
chicken
hot dogs
spaghetti
cereal
oatmeal
yogurt
cheese sticks

She will eat anything that is offered to her for the most part. Just keep trying new things and reintroducing things that he has pushed away in the past. When the girls were really little and trying new things I would often make dinner, but make sure that one thing being offered was something that I knew they would eat. That way I wasn't giving in and making something extra, and they wouldn't have to go hungry. Then we started the deal with trying everything and making a big dent in the good for you foods before having more of something else.

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It is such a big production for Evie to try something when she looks at it and decides she doesn't want it (for whatever reason: dark, look gooey, can't tell what it is etc) that we are usually satisfied if she will at least try everything.

We usually have to incentivize ie bribe to get her to eat veggies. The bribe usually ends up being a cookie.

We should learn to be harsher and just eat whatever we eat or nothing. The couple of times we've done that so far, she is sooooooooooo dramatic and sad when she is still hungry that it's hard not to give in. We usually try to keep her dinner for her to eat later, but sometimes you just can't save it and we end up giving her fruit.

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We learned from our older daughter (Dana) that making separate meals just leads to trouble down the line and you end up with a picky eater even into their pre-teen years. So with Natalie we have been far more strict when it comes to food, she eats what is served. So far it's worked pretty well she likes most foods served to her, she isn't the biggest fan of meat but will eat a variety of other foods of all sorts. She loves dips those will often entice her to eat things that she normally won't

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We found a crepe place today and had some savory crepes. Evie totally loves them!!!! So much, she will eat lettuce (normally hates them), cucumbers (looks suspiciously at them), tomatoes (totally *hates* them), and ham (totally hates them).

We discovered that it all being wrapped in a crepe and hence a finger food made her happy (she really doesn't like using forks or spoons at the moment) PLUS, the sauces they put in the crepe (which wasn't much) made her food (esp veggies) super-appealing.

DH and I have been discussing using sauces with veggies to help make them more appetizing to her, and how we can use sauces without making them too salty. Hope to have a breakthrough and get her to eat her veggies willingly and without (much) incentivizing.

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Emily is still very picky, she doesn't want to try new things so I always just feed her the same stuff. She hates veggies, so I have to hide them. I'm a very picky eater too so no wonder she is like that too. Evelyn is already much better eater, I remember Emily hating peas, green beans and avocado, so far Evelyn eats everything and anything I give her and she wants our food too so I hope she won't be as difficult as Emy.
Emily loves eggs, hummus with pita, toast, PB&J on toast, tortellini, mac&cheese, salmon sticks, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, baked fries, grilled cheese, french toast. Sometimes she will try DH's food and if she likes it she will eat a lot of it. I got these little broccoli bites at Whole Foods and she eats them if dipped in ketchup and told its nuggets lol.

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Erika, OMG your DDs are sooooooo cute! I can't believe Emy's hair is so long they can be braided!

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Thank you Sophia, Evie looks adorable in your siggy pic!