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2 year old fussy eater- normal phase?

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Nuttypops Mon 15-Aug-16 17:45:51

DD is coming up for 2 and in recent months has become increasingly fussy with what she eats. She would live on fruit, plain pasta, eggs, cheese and sweetcorn and peas if it was left up to her. We all eat together and try and offer her a variety of foods but this reluctance or refusal to try anything different is driving me a bit scatty.

She used to happily try most things although she wouldn't eat a lot of meat. I know they can go through fussy eating stages around this age but not sure to what extent.

Do I need to fuss about it and do anything beyond just encouraging her to try different things, can I just assume it is a normal phase? She is perfectly healthy despite it. As you can probably tell, she is our pfb.

RatOnnaStick Mon 15-Aug-16 17:51:42

DS1 got down to mash, peas, cheese and grapes at one stage. About 2 years later he started eating better and now at nearly 6 he will have a fairly wide range of very plain food. (nothing remotely spicy or strongly flavoured though).

It didn't make any difference whether I got annoyed, bribed, cross, withheld treats, ignored or wildly praised any eating. I had to suck it up basically.

Don't worry about it.

Nuttypops Tue 16-Aug-16 06:24:32

Thank you, that is reassuring to hear!

jessplussomeonenew Tue 16-Aug-16 08:51:16

I read (think it was the NHS website) that as long as they are having something from each of four groups - fruit/veg, protein, dairy and carbs - they should be fine. Sounds like your DD does have all of those.

magicboy79 Tue 16-Aug-16 08:52:43

So normal, I've had a boy who's been fussy since birth! We go through stages of real battles to get him to eat anything then a few weeks later he's back eating again and he cycle continues.
He's fairly limited, only liking plain food and not liking beef or mince, but goes through stages of eating meat and not eating meat.
Other wee boy is 10 months and he eats like a horse, I'm worried this fussy stage will hit him

hhh333 Tue 16-Aug-16 08:56:52

Very normal. I panicked with my first child and would still give him toast and a yoghurt when he wouldn't eat his meal. He got very fussy and it took me years to get him eating a balanced diet.

Same problem with my 2 year old now. He would live off biscuits, yoghurt, crisps and bread if I let him. I'm mean now and don't offer anything else apart from a glass of whole milk.

icklekid Tue 16-Aug-16 08:57:09

My 2 year old is the same! I find it very tiresome and nothing seems to work. Making sure he doesn't snack and is hungry is the best bet to get something new in (normally that we ate the night before) otherwise having something he will eat easily available saves my sanity! Then sometimes yesterday he ate huge amounts of veg risotto happily which I had not expected, I'm sure he would shout no if I tried it again tonight!

Nuttypops Tue 16-Aug-16 21:03:36

I am very glad to hear it isn't just our little rascal is going through this stage. Thanks!

asdfghjjkl Tue 16-Aug-16 21:15:48

i gave my gd who loves cheese and loves toast cheese on toast the look on her face you would think i was poisoning her grin

GlummyMummy Wed 17-Aug-16 20:45:35

My two year old lives on yoghurt, bread, fruit, pasta, eggs, cheese and any unhealthy snacks!!! She won't eat potatoes, fish fingers, burgers, chicken nuggets or any normal kids food. Only veg she likes is broccoli bizarrely! We always have to cook her a separate meal from ours so would love it if she would try other things! Been a source of frustration to me for a while!!

What kind of snacks do you give your toddler?

Nuttypops Wed 17-Aug-16 21:19:10

Glummy, snack wise, DD loves bread sticks and humous, cheese and grapes, yoghurt, any type of fruit and cheese scones.

GlummyMummy Thu 18-Aug-16 20:17:43

wow, nice healthy snacks! Sounds to me like enough vitamins/protein in there. My daughter's favourites are soreen bars and babybel cheese!

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