Reassure me about my son's eating (or lack of) habits

(29 Posts)
Pascha Wed 20-Feb-13 17:49:55

He has, at the grand age of 2.5, forsaken all veg, all fruit except banana, most meat and pulses hmm. It will come back won't it? Please tell me that if I keep offering it on the plate one day he will just eat it?

Pascha Wed 20-Feb-13 17:50:22

He can't live on potatoes forever.

Oopla Wed 20-Feb-13 19:20:08

One day! Others will have different experiences, our DD ate the same meal for two years then ever so slowly started reintroducing different things back into her diet, she's now 9 and eats very well. Found it incredibly frustrating at the time and think took longer for her to like some things because we just went on about it too much.
I have a 3 year old who's back in this stage and I'm biting my tongue grin

Oopla Wed 20-Feb-13 19:22:00

DS is a fruit dodger too! Wishing you a speedy return to normal services!

Pascha Wed 20-Feb-13 19:52:08

Thanks. DS is basically a carbivore I think. Oh well, on I will go offering food. He won't starve I'm sure hmm

My DS lived on cheese at age 2. Literally just cheese. Oh and bread/toast/crackers.

He's 14 now and eats anything

fertilityagogo Wed 20-Feb-13 19:54:47

Argh, I've got one of these as well (same age) - only eats carbs and meat. And the odd banana. Some days it doesn't faze me at all (as he's big, growing, generally happy and doesn't seem to suffer any ill effects!) and other days I despair of having a 'picky eater' for life (DH, DS1, and I all really enjoy food, restaurants, cooking, etc).

Watching this thread for reassurance from other experienced MN'ers....

Pascha Wed 20-Feb-13 19:57:09

He is amazing open to cakey, mind you...

Svrider Thu 21-Feb-13 07:49:16

I've had (and still got this with dd2)
It's really difficult, but I think you've essentially got 2 choices
1. Remain calm, keep offering a range of food, whilst allowing them to eat what they will eat, and wait for improvement
2. Get stressed out, pull yourself to peaces and generally be miserable, and wait for improvement

I try to stick to option 1

FunnyBird Thu 21-Feb-13 08:05:29

If you want some lovely reassurance in book form, I recommend My Child Won't Eat. I got it after reading about it on Mumsnet, and it makes me feel much better about DD's diet.
Basically, no he won't starve himself and don't worry so much about variety.
And things are gradually improving. She will eat potatoes now. (Who doesn't like potatoes?!)

Oopla Thu 21-Feb-13 20:48:54

Carbivore grin love it!

Goldmandra Thu 21-Feb-13 21:08:38

You can sometimes redress the balance a bit with fruit smoothies, pureed veg in pasta sauce, home made ice cream or even fruit purees for dessert.

If these don't work get vitamin supplements from your GP, accept that you won't win any battles and wait it out.

It will get better smile

LouBeee Thu 21-Feb-13 21:22:00

Don't panic. I ate sausages and NOTHING but according to my mother for 6 whole months. And then I ate normally. And now I'm a nutritionist and very very healthy !

beela Fri 22-Feb-13 10:46:21

If you are worried about his intake of protein & vitamins etc, you can sneak quite a lot into cakes - for example, there is protein in ground almonds, and in eggs. There are lots of recipes around for cakes with fruit & veg in them as well - carrots, bananas, courgettes, butternut squash, beetroot...

estya Fri 22-Feb-13 16:32:00

I'd add to Svrider:
option 3: turn it into a battle where you ask/beg/bribe/force him to eat. It'll become a power struggle between the 2 of you and he'll be picky for much longer because he'll have to regain control of what he eats.

Pascha Fri 22-Feb-13 17:23:30

No battles I promise. He is currently picking and eating the pasta off his ravioli and leaving the filling, and the sauce. I do grate veg in where I can but it would be nice for him to eat it knowingly again. Even bloody bolognese is refused this last week. I thought that was the failsafe all kids eat it food!

Its only been a couple of weeks. Have I got a long hard road to travel yet?

Pascha Fri 22-Feb-13 17:24:43

Oh he does actually like smoothies. He dips his toy car in and sucks the smoothie off it hmm

Purplecatti Fri 22-Feb-13 18:53:43

My mum has just been reading this over my shoulder and reminiscing about me at the same age.
I ate nothing but the whites of boiled eggs, smooth strawberry yoghurt, mashed potatoes and bananas. I would eat sweets but they were denied to me being so fussy!
She was so worried she took me to the drs who said I was going through a phase, that I was eating enough to keep me going and that I wouldn't starve myself. And I was and I didn't.

Oopla Fri 22-Feb-13 19:30:46

grin Toy car covered smoothie!

Mine have never eaten bolognaise, that'd be the stuff of dreams. No food must touch on the plate, nothing in sauces, nothing mixed together. Freaky stuff.

DD has finally come around to tomato based sauces but baulks at minced beef. DS is currently eating fish fingers 5 days a week.

Could you be bothered!

Karoleann Fri 22-Feb-13 21:21:24

DD today ate one blueberry, 2 shreddies and a smoothie. She's 2. Dc1and 2 qcan eat for England, both went through a really fussy stage at age 2. Although dc2's fads were spinach, hummous and olives!

Pascha Fri 22-Feb-13 21:55:52

My mum said the same about my sister who lived on beans and marmite toast for months.

Might try chicken and rice again tomorrow.

MyNameIsAnAnagram Fri 22-Feb-13 22:33:26

Mine is a bit like this, love the term carbivore!! grin it will pass. I am trying not to stress about it but it is frustrating. Apparently I ate nothing but primula cheese sandwiches, bacon or chocolate pudding from aged 2-7 ish. I'll eat anything now.

wiltingfast Sat 23-Feb-13 00:46:05

Carbivore! Love it grin

I've a carbivore AND a carbiphobe... <Waiting patiently for it to pass>

Harperseventy Sat 23-Feb-13 06:11:08

My dd age 3 is very fussy. This thread is making me feel much better! She was great up to about 2 and then stopped eating veg and fruit. She will eat chicken, eggs, fish fingers, spaghetti bolognaise and loves sausages which I hate angry. I try not to get annoyed but it can be soul destroying when u cook lovely meals an she won't touch it.
My tips are asda- mini carrot and potato waffles, I love watching her eat those unknowingly having carrot!!! I also roast a load of veg and blitz it down into a pasta sauce. Hopefully it will pass wink

Pascha Wed 27-Feb-13 17:47:01

OK so today we are refusing omelette but yorkshire pudding is acceptable. Even with ketchup.

Goldmandra Wed 27-Feb-13 21:30:31

Stick with it Pascha. It will get better at some point smile

I'm trying to work out if the ketchup is going with the omelette or the yorkshire pudding and I am not sure which would be worse!

DD2 likes it on strawberries shock

TinTinsSexySister Wed 27-Feb-13 21:56:49

You have to get that book - My Child Won't Eat by Carlos Gonzales. It will change your life.

Also, toddlers are like little marathon runners in terms of the foods they need and therefore are attracted to ie carbs.

My 18mo DD has gone from eating everything in site to being very fussy now. Unless it's toast.

I figure its evolutionary as well - the surviving toddlers are likely to be those not adventurous to try poisonous berries etc.

Pascha Wed 27-Feb-13 22:37:46

Hehe. Ketchup was for the omelette of course.

Goldmandra Wed 27-Feb-13 22:41:44

Hehe. Ketchup was for the omelette of course.

BOAK!

DD2 has just asked why I grimaced. She thinks it sounds lovely so we'll have to 'run out' of ketchup before we next have omelettes!

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