I know we have established that eating for some of our toddlers can be hit or miss but these questions are for the times they do eat.
Ds rarely eats meat..he's all about chicken in various forms and occasionally fish. I'm okay with him not eating meat but at this point is it a texture thing? He will eat it like in spaghetti sauce or things like that but not by itself. How about shrimp or crab? Are they still too young for that?
How about milk? I know it's been talked about before but since I breastfed him up to 18 months I never thought about it because at that point he didn't want anything to do with regular milk. Now he will ask for it by name. How much is too much?
Besides pureeing veggies and sneaking them in how does one get their child to eat em. He does great with fruits but won't touch veggies.
Are you cutting up their food in tiny pieces? Using utensils?
just keep offering meat and he might take it someday. I personally wait on shell fish but we have allergy issues here. If you want to try it, just make sure it's a good time/place to go to the ER if necessary. Shellfish reactions tend to be really bad when they do occur.
My pediatrician says up to 24oz of whole milk until 2 year old, then 16oz of skim, 1% or 2% after 2 years old. That's the top limit but isn't a minimum if they eat a bunch of dairy and get calcium
no idea on the veggies. Livy will eat corn if it's in shepard's pie. That's about the only veggie I can get her to eat at the current moment! DS will eat raw carrotts with dip, corn, and sometimes cooked carrots. Veggies are tough!!!
Nope, medium size pieces other than grapes which I do still chop a bunch. I give Livy baby spoons and a real size fork. She spills all over with a regular spoon so I avoid that!
Try carrot fries! DS hates veggies but tonight I made carrot fries and he gobbled them up like they were real fries. I just sliced them to fry size, lightly tossed with olive oil and some salt, and baked at 400 degrees for about 25 mins. He LOOOOOVED them.
Aside from that I have no other advice with veggies. LOL!
Aiden is not a big meat eater. He prefers it in itty bitty pieces mixed with other stuff. lol. He will eat bite sized pieces of a hamburger with enough ketchup. He'll eat fried chicken nuggets (like from Chick-fil-a), but not my baked (but still crispy) chicken nuggets. lol. He will eat chunks of smoked turkey sausage in red beans and rice though. I don't think it's a texture thing as much as meat by itself doesn't have as interesting of a taste as cheese and fruit.
Aiden has tried shrimp and spit it out every single time. He HATES fish so far. But I'll give him credit, about half the time he'll actually give these items another taste. Maybe one day it'll grow on him.
Milk....well, Aiden only gets 2 sippys a day max of it. Any more and his poop get super duper gross. I'm not too big on milk being a must have in a diet as long as there are other sources of calcium and good fats.
Veggies....*sigh* Aiden will eat sweet potato fries 3 out of 4 times I give them to him. He'll eat diced veggies when on a pizza or in a casserole form. He does like plain diced carrots, but won't eat them in any other way other than diced and boiled well. The only corn he'll eat is cut off of fresh corn on the cob - frozen and canned just don't cut it! lol! I often mix chopped spinach into my hamburgers and he'll eat those. DS will also eat veggie burgers - so once a month I make up a bath of them for us to eat for occasional lunches!
Aiden uses utensils for all his meals. He'll usually start off with it really well but halfway through uses his hands partly because hands are still faster. I do cut things into bite sized pieces for things he uses the fork for so that he can stab and eat. He really does do an amazing job for his age. People are always amazed at his use. We constantly have to ask for another set of silverware at restaurants because servers always assume he won't use them. He actually gets mad if he doesn't have his own silverware! He'll even insist on using them for eating things like cut up corn dogs!
Grapes are still cut in half, but I don't cut up strawberries and other things he can easily pick up and eat off.
We're vegetarian. So no meat. Very very occasionally, I'll cook fish. Teagan hasn't been a fan. But she's not a fan of food period. If you're concerned about protein intake, try tofu. Its one of the few things Teagan will eat most every time I offer it. You can also offer beans. Teagan LOVES beans. Teagan will also eat seitan like its going out of style.
Teagan is still BFing and we're not big milk drinkers so I don't offer milk. My pedi says that toddlers need anywhere between none and some. Basically, they don't need it (especially if they're getting a decent amount of fat and calcium elsewhere) and just use your common sense as to when its too much.
Teagan will not eat veggies. She senses their presence.
I still cut T's food up. She still gags on pieces that are too big. Despite having all but two 2-year molars, this kid can't chew. Or rather, she won't. I've seen her chew cheese so I know she can. She's pretty good at using utensils. I offer them at every meal and she uses them for a bit and them chucks them.
Since we saw a dietician for Simon, I asked about milk. She said about 2 cups or 16 ounces a day. Definitely no more than 24 oz. Simon gets 20 max a day. She also said to use whole milk for sure until they are 2. Whole milk has long chain fatty acids that are important for brain development that are not in other milk (obviously it's in breast milk though, hence why those breastfeeding dont need milk!). That is what she said anyways.
Simon is still bfing despite the fact that I think I have maybe a drop or 2 for him each time.
No milk or meat foe Odin yet. Loves fish though. Haven't done shell fish though.
Veggies: likes them whole. Mostly tomato, salad, baked kale, & peas. Most kids don't like veggies steamed so it makes things hard teeth wise. I still offer carrots, beets, & broccoli in pur?e form in those pouches.
I pretty much only cut grapes & Cherry tomatoes. Yes silverware offerd at each meal.
BTW I don't know how to make baked kale but my kids love it. A preschool mom makes it with olive oil & salt. Store bought stuff was not so good. Even picky preschool kids dig it!
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
DS1 still hardly eats meat or veggies. I'm always hiding stuff and bribing him. Just keep putting it in front of him. No stress. If he doesn't eat it then just leave it or you get to the stage where I am with DS1. If he could live on cereal/cheese/chocolate he happily would.
I have gone for the no stress approach with Tobey and he'll try anything and happily eat just about anything.
:bighugs: picky eating is hard
Sarah & Gavin
21st January 2008
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