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AIBU to only feed my child tomatoes...

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myotherusernameisalamborghini Thu 21-May-15 19:27:56

...because that is all he will eat?
DC is 13 months and after previously enjoying a wide variety of foodstuffs without issue, has suddenly decided that nothing is passing them lips except tomatoes. And preferably cherry tomatoes.
Occasionally I can sneak in something cleverly attached to a cherry tomato cut in half, maybe some banana or a bit of avocado or a small excerpt of biscuit. Mostly however it just ends up on the floor/my shirt/his socks/the cat.
It has been two weeks of him single-handedly supporting the local and/or world tomato industry.
Am I damaging his kidneys or liver or brain or something? Will his handful of teeth rot out and his corneas fade to red? Will he turn into a tomato?
Or can I just carry on feeding him only tomatoes until he changes his mind again, however long that may take? confused

TenerifeSea Thu 21-May-15 19:30:42

How long has he only been eating tomatoes?

RoganJosh Thu 21-May-15 19:32:33

Does he have much milk? Because milk and tomatoes has a pretty good mix of nutrients. Will he have a multivitamin?

lljkk Thu 21-May-15 19:33:06

lol, not great for iron, but I doubt he'll top a few days without getting bored. I wouldn't worry.

myotherusernameisalamborghini Thu 21-May-15 19:35:33

Yes, he will take a bottle of milk about three times a day. Small mercies.
The tomato-only diet has been going on for about two weeks, but before that the variety was dwindling down from everything to a few things to a handful of things to only tomatoes. Perhaps about three to four weeks of tomato-heavy meals?

lljkk Thu 21-May-15 19:38:14

Would you consider returning to formula just because it's balanced with iron in it? Probably the low stress thing; I've not met many kids that wouldn't choose biscuits over fruit in the end.

DementedSwan Thu 21-May-15 19:39:05

Cook up a batch of tomato, peppers, onion, cauliflower, any veg and fruit combo but make sure it retains the tomato flavour. Blend and use as pasta sauce. If it's only whole tomato she will eat then I'm out of ideas grin

bittapitta Thu 21-May-15 19:40:50

Really? He's only 13 months. No more tomatoes in the house! Try a wide variety of other foods and he will nibble other stuff.

maddening Thu 21-May-15 19:44:20

Can you try pasta in a tomato sauce?

myotherusernameisalamborghini Thu 21-May-15 19:45:49

Alas I have tried the sauce thing. Failed as miserably as a panda bear in heat. I think it is partly the flavour (otherwise why would he like them to begin with) but mostly the actual whole tomato.
He's happy to take formula too, yes, but surely you can't feed a one year old only formula and tomatoes? Can you? cautiously invents new baby fad diet

BertieBotts Thu 21-May-15 19:52:54

One year olds are naturally fussy, it's something to do with them becoming more mobile.

It is really unlikely to last, so go with it. He will honestly be fine. Obviously keep offering other things. Worry if it lasts more than a month.

DementedSwan Thu 21-May-15 19:58:25

In that case, plenty formula/whole cows milk. Introduce a multi vitamin if you haven't already and just provide a wide variety of foods. Eat as a family if possible and give same food you eat with a couple of tomatos on the side. Don't offer more tomatoes as alternative, hide them say there's none left. Eventually he will get bored.

DementedSwan Thu 21-May-15 20:01:00

my 5 year old won't touch a fruit or vegetable so feel free to ignore me

EmmaLL25 Thu 21-May-15 20:04:46

My DS now 2 went through phases of only eating yoghurt, only eating certain fruit. It usually coincided with colds or teething. It passed.

6LittleOnes Thu 21-May-15 20:06:56

Ds2 is 17 months, at 13 months he decided he was only going to eat carrots. Everything else just got chucked on the floor. It lasted about 6 weeks and then he gradually started eating more. He is still picky but is getting better. Keep offering other foods and eventually he will start trying them

myotherusernameisalamborghini Thu 21-May-15 20:07:28

Ta all. I shall thus assume his few teeth won't fall out from over-acidification, continue to attempt to threaten cajole him into eating other things, and increase formula feeds. And hope he doesn't turn red in the interim. steams ahead

Tequilashotsfor1 Thu 21-May-15 20:10:05

I wouldn't worry about it. Dd2 was/is really faddy.

She is just two and one week she will eat great the next she just asks for milk and refuses everything.

Her new favs are butter and gravy. If it has either one of these on it she will eat it.

Teacuptravells Thu 21-May-15 20:12:03

The only thing you might worry about is an orange nose. Honestly.... there's a few foods (and not just orange/red ones) that if you eat a lot of they turn a bit orange .....Don't ask me how I know.

myotherusernameisalamborghini Thu 21-May-15 20:22:51

I'm going to start looking out for orange children then. grin
Gravy and butter. I know you said putting it on things, but all I can think of now is a soup bowl full of gravy-'n-butter mix. Ew.

my big strong 23 year old ds1 went through a phase at 18 months, for around 6 weeks or more, of only eating spaghetti hoops, beans and yoghurt along with his milk. eats and drinks anything now smile

UsedToBeAPaxmanFan Fri 22-May-15 06:58:36

My ds went through this when he was about 18 months. He would only eat weetabix, bananas and Petit Filou. I spoke to the HV who said not to worry, he'd grow out of it when he got bored, which he did.

He's now 18, 6ft and healthy. He's still a faddy eater though!

MrsNextDoor Fri 22-May-15 07:06:43

My DD2 did this but with cucumber. She's 7 now and fine. I just continued to place a variety of foods on her plate....in addition to her beloved cucumber...and eventually she ate it.

Granted she also ate eggshell and wall plaster but that was only for a short time. She's the tallest in her class now and eats like fury.

Mousefinkle Fri 22-May-15 07:31:32

Ahh my brother only ate pasta and butter for a few months as a toddler. My mum tore her hair out trying to get him to eat something, anything else fearing he'd turn into a big bowl of penne if he continued. He grew out of it and I can happily confirm he's a strapping 16 year old that does not resemble penne in any way, shape or form grin.

They just do go through phases like this. As long as he's having formula it's absolutely fine! Keep offering other foods and eventually he'll get bored of tomatoes and shove an avocado in. At least he eats them, my DS has never eaten one and he's now five!

Happylass1 Fri 22-May-15 07:35:00

I feel your pain. My ds would only eat toast for a while and still now won't eat very much for me. However, eats ANYTHING for the childminder, so i stock up on 'good' meals when he's there. Good luck.

cleanmyhouse Fri 22-May-15 08:21:24

my son went through an only ham sandwich phase after eating anything. it was a nightmare and he became a really fussy eater after that. only now at 13 is he starting to try new things.

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