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    I have two average eaters, and one picky eater. The picky one, Eric, would have a diet whittled down to very little if I followed his lead.

    What we do in this house is this: food is never an issue. Kids also don't get to dictate what is served. I serve a wide variety of foods each day, put reasonable portions of everything on everyone's plate (whether they like it or not), and set it in front of them. They are allowed to ask for more of something (which they get if they are sampling the other items as well), and tell me when they are done. Sometimes (rarely) someone won't eat anything. And that's fine! I don't offer substitutes, and they are allowed to get down from the table. I do try to make at least part of each meal with something that I know they will like.

    We also eat very little fast food - maybe a few times a year (or freezer food for that matter, ie. processed in any way).

    We don't ask them to try the food, take just one bite, etc. If someone is eating only part of the meal and asking for more of something else, we will ask them to eat a little of the remaining foods before getting a second helping of the desired food.

    So food is not an issue in this house, because I won't let it become that. I refuse to take on that battle. Eric is small - always has been. About the 10% for both height and weight. And that's fine! He is the pickiest, which is also fine, but it doesn't mean I cater to him in any way.

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    I've got 4 kids and two picky eaters and two slow gainers. Brilee has almost always been small (somehow she was 12lbs at 2mo, but went down from there). We tried everything to curb picky eating (I was so convinced that it was a learned habit). We would make her sit at the table until she ate, she would purposely lay her head down and fall asleep. We tried putting food back in the fridge until they were hungry, yeah, at 3-4 she went 16hrs without eating and started vomiting (two different occasions). We tried asking her to try one bite, etc. Nothing. My girl is sooo stubborn! Finally we decided it was not worth the battle. However, I am not a short order cook. I cook a meal, and if she does not like it, she can make her own dinner (she really cannot go without eating, I just think that is mean, and she sometimes cries wondering why she is so picky). Which usually means cold cereal or pb&j. At 2 we were told she needed to be fattened up, but of course, the healthy fats. We did Ovaltine in all milk (I have compared with carnation nutritionally, almost exactly the same, but ovaltine is cheaper), and did full fat yogurt and milk, etc. You have to look harder for it, but it is available. We put lots of butter on bread, etc. She was not as tiny as Sarafina, but has never gone above the 30%, usually more in the teens to twenties.

    Tucker is a great eater, always eats anything, rarely refuses to try anything and has always been in the 60%+.

    Wyatt is good, he's 30% weight now, but 65% height, but the kid is PICKY! He is so much like Brilee, even worse than she was at his age, so I worry. There is no convincing him to try anything at all. I just offer healthy food (we really buy very little junk food, boxed dinners, frozen prepared meals, fast food, etc). If he doesn't want to eat, I don't force it. But he's not tiny either.

    Abram, the kid eats anything. He is a very good eater, asks for food, eats more than Wyatt (typically) and he just barely finally made it on the chart in the 7%. We still do Ovaltine, etc. But our ped seems less worried about it (different ped than I had with Brilee, due to distance when we moved across town). Abram follows his curve okay, though we did have some worries at some point. All of my kids have been grazers, and our ped has said that is okay.

    I don't know how my cousin's little one survives. I watche her 2-3 times a week, and she really eats next to nothing, and they were worried about milk allergies (she had them as a baby) so cut that out for a bit, and now she is refusing that too. But she comes her happy, she plays, giggles, talks, etc. She is obviously fine. She does not look unhealthy and has energy, I think those are more important to look at than actual size.

    Hugs to you Mel, and you too Sheila!
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    Oh, and when I saw the post title, I thought, Oh good, I'm not the only one gaining weight. bahaha! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by rachelrazzle View Post
    Oh, and when I saw the post title, I thought, Oh good, I'm not the only one gaining weight. bahaha! lol
    Lol that was a well needed chuckle
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    Quote Originally Posted by rachelrazzle View Post
    Oh, and when I saw the post title, I thought, Oh good, I'm not the only one gaining weight. bahaha! lol


    We are not short order cooks in our house either. Sarafina is just not adventurous. She has never, ever been on the growth chart and probably never will be. She has a petite mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She has a cousin who is Isaiah's age, who also is not on the growth chart. It is simply how she is built. However, I want to do my best to keep her on her curve. I am just looking for other ways to feed her things she likes when I can and any ideas to help me find new foods for her to try.
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    I feel like cheese is every food's best friend. And I'm pretty sure I'll never have an underweight problem as a result! I was just thinking, do you have a cheese store or fancy cheese section at the grocery sp Sarafine could try a bunch of different kinds? My nieces surprise me with all the cheeses they're into. One was begging for gruyere when she was 2. Anyway, I know I will eat a thousand more vegetables or pieces of whatever with extra cheese.
    mmm, cheese. I think I'll make some eggs with feta when I'm done pumping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triplespiral View Post
    I feel like cheese is every food's best friend. And I'm pretty sure I'll never have an underweight problem as a result! I was just thinking, do you have a cheese store or fancy cheese section at the grocery sp Sarafine could try a bunch of different kinds? My nieces surprise me with all the cheeses they're into. One was begging for gruyere when she was 2. Anyway, I know I will eat a thousand more vegetables or pieces of whatever with extra cheese.
    mmm, cheese. I think I'll make some eggs with feta when I'm done pumping.
    Now I want cheese, good thing there's some baby bells in the fridge.
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    *lurking again*

    One more tip that helps with DS - try dipping sauces! If he can dip it in something he's MUCH more willing to try a new food. ketchup, syrup, honey, sour cream, salsa, fruit dips, mustard, hummus, anything you can think of!

    And Cheese is one of my favorites too! Maybe try sprinkled cheese on veggies, pasta?
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    Ha! The dipping thing can help. My picky daughter is so not a condiment fan. But I remember when she was about 4, and I was talking to her about maybe putting something on her mashed potatoes to help her like them, I was thinking, you know, ranch dressing. I asked her what she thought might entice her to eat them, she sweetly said, "maybe frosting?" lol
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    So my girls didnt hit 10lbs until 4 months and now at 6lbs they weigh awhole 12lbs each! We had to start supplementing formula after the 4month appt because the ped was not happy with their growth, but he was happy to see 12lbs @ the 6 month appt. I dont have any answers as we arent even on the charts, but I just think twins can be slow growers!
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