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I swear dd doesnt eat enough

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Titania Thu 10-Feb-05 12:32:21

and its driving me nuts!

she will only eat:

honey sandwhiches
toast with honey on
lasagne mashed up with veg
cottage pie mashed up with veg
Fish fingers
beans and scrambled eggs
Plain hula hoops

Will not touch:
anything she knows has got meat in it
fruit other than banana
milk (had milk intolerance when little which still affects her if she has too much now)
pitta bread

She is really healthy and a good weight, so she isnt wasting away. I have tried letting her choose and make the food but it doesnt make any difference. I have tried hiding things in food but she just knows! lol

Her daily menu consists of:
breakfast-2 pieces toast and honey, small bowl of shreddies
dinner-honey sandwhich and banana, maybe a few crisps but she doesnt always want them
tea-one of the foods listed above and a yogurt.

She doesnt snack on anything. She wont eat the fruit they give her at nursery.

Any other ideas or suggestions? She is 3 BTW. TIA x x

tortoiseshell Thu 10-Feb-05 12:41:28

Sounds fine actually - fairly balanced, some of every food type. Ds eats a much more limited range than that - just to give you some idea, he won't eat meat of any kind (very very occasionally might eat bolognese, but only once in a blue moon, likewise sausages), no chicken, fish, eggs, yoghurt, nuts. His favourite meal is pasta tubes with cheese and peas. Which he has on average every other day. He will sometimes eat bread, but not reliably. He is 3 and a half. I guess what I'm saying is that lots of 3 year olds are fussy, and that it sounds like you're doing really well with your daughter!

desperatehousewife Thu 10-Feb-05 13:05:19

I am so jealous of what yours eats! My 2.5yr old eats:

marmite or honey sandwich/toast
frankfurters (yuk)
rice cakes

ThomCat Thu 10-Feb-05 13:24:28

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piffle Thu 10-Feb-05 13:26:47

I got my 27 mth old dd to eat fruit by really finely grating into her favourite yoghurts, and then gradualy she started eating the odd bite of whatever I was eating.
Now she will happily eat apple, stone fruits, pear and raw carrots.
It took a lot of work though but now I am glad I persevered
Otherwise we mix any veges or meat she would not normally eat with cheese sauce or a peanut satay sauce... fooled every time!

HeyEnidYouveLostWeight Thu 10-Feb-05 13:30:01

sounds fine. If its any consolation neither of mine like pizza and they don't like pasta much either .

ThomCat Thu 10-Feb-05 13:32:27

FWIW these are the items in Lotties main staple diet

spoag bol, home made
shepherds pie, home made and the Blue Parrot one (but wont eat mash unless it's a s.pie)
meat balls and pasta, home made
chicken nuggets, bought & home made
yorkshire puds
smiley faces, oven chips (won't eat homemade potato or any kind at all, yet!)
garlic bread
toast and marmite (but won't eat sandwiches)
breadsticks and cream cheese dip (but won't eat cream cheese on toast or in sandwiches!)
carrs water biscuits
water melon (no other type)
shreddies (now point blank refuses any other)

Now and then I sneak the other odd thing past her lips like broccoli and sweetcorn but that's about it.

HeyEnidYouveLostWeight Thu 10-Feb-05 13:33:20

What about rice? Mine love chicken risotto - healthy, filling and easy.

Titania Thu 10-Feb-05 13:36:19

wont touch rice. worse luck cos theres so much you can do with it!

dot1 Thu 10-Feb-05 13:46:57

Blimey - can we swap her for our 3 year old ds who will only eat (and I'm not joking):

Breakfast cereal - so at least he gets one meal a day
Cheese on toast
Beans on toast
White rice (you can hide things in there as long as it's not too obvious)
Dried fruit
Any kind of sweets, biscuits, chocolate he can get his mitts on.

And that's it...! Drives us to distraction. No meat (unless we hide it in the rice). No veg (ditto). No milk or yoghurts...

But he's got more energy than we know what to do with and although he's very skinny indeed I think that's just his build. I'm hoping that when he gets to school good old peer pressure will work??!

otto Thu 10-Feb-05 13:50:39

When I first met dp's daughter she was 4 and would eat nothing but plain pasta and butter. She's now 9 and eats just about anything, including fresh fish and most vegetables.

mummylonglegs Thu 10-Feb-05 14:33:15

Ummm ... I'm quite jealous too. My dd, 2.5 will eat the following, and not much of it either:

Wholemeal toast and butter
Mexican bean burgers (Tesco's, no other make will do)
Baby corn
Spaghetti hoops
Pasta in tomato sauce
Organic red leicester cheese (won't touch another type)

She will very occasionally have a small piece of apple or a grape or a couple of raspberries. She won't eat crisps, chocolate, cakes or biscuits. She won't even eat yoghurt or ice cream.

Sigh ...

It makes cooking for her VERY boring.

wordsmith Thu 10-Feb-05 14:44:17

Tortoiseshell - cheese and peas!!!! (do you remember the Fast Show sketch for cheezy peas?)

desperatehousewife Thu 10-Feb-05 15:04:27

if any consolation - as a child I ate nothing except bread and butter, cheese and chips and beans. I grew up to be a strapping (!) 5'11" lass. Since I started trying foods at 13, I now eat everything!

Ellbell Thu 10-Feb-05 20:11:39

Wordsmith... 'Now in new strawberry flavour!'

My dd1 was a nightmare from weaning until about 3.5. If I hadn't forced the issue, I swear she'd still not have been weaned at 3! She lived on yogurt between the ages of 0 and 2 and on cheese, Heinz (only - no other brand and definitely not home-made) macaroni cheese and frankfurters between 2 and 3. But she is now 4.5 and, although not the greatest eater in the world, does eat most things (often tediously slowly, but that's a different battle!) including some fruit and veg. Hang on in there... it will get better!

Ellbell Thu 10-Feb-05 20:12:54

PS I sound laid back about it now, but I can't tell you how many tears we BOTH shed over mealtimes. Gave up worrying eventually to preserve my sanity (what's left of it!).

tigi Thu 10-Feb-05 20:14:47

I used to worry silly about ds1, now 10, who ate nothing. He now eats all in sight, is tall, and adores school dinners! DS2 was referred to hosp as no weight increase in 1 yr from 3 to 4, dismissed immediatly, and now at school growing up and out all the time. don't worry, they get better as they get older.

Posey Thu 10-Feb-05 20:35:16

This thread is just what I needed today. Ds has been driving me to distraction recently, partly because I hate having my cooking "rejected" and partly because I worry about his poor diet. Dd always ate everything and favoured "proper" food over toddler food. So find it really hard having mealtime battles.
Ds eats: Cheerios, Muddles or Shreddies
Brioche or Hot Cross Buns
Fish fingers
Chicken dippers of fingers or burgers
oven chips or Alphabites
Yogurt or fromage frais
pasta with carbonara sauce

really struggle to get fruit and veg into him. Used to be able to disguise veg when he ate bolognaise or shepherds pie but he's refusing to eat them at the moment.

rogan2001 Thu 10-Feb-05 20:42:47

Titania, that sounds loads to what my son eats, he has just turned 3 and hardly eats a thing, he has a banana and half a slice of toast for breakfast, a small bowl of pasta for lunch & yoghurt and he only eats a couple of mouth fulls of his tea and says he's full. the only fruit he will eat is bananas and won't eat veg, fish or meat( apart from billy bear sausage.) I asked the hv to weigh him when he went for his 3 yr review last wk and she said he was fine, but i think he's really skinny. I treat him to a happy meal once a wk just so i can see him eat something, but he will only eat the fries, won't eat burgers or chicken nuggets. I wish he ate as much as your daughter.

cheeky1 Thu 10-Feb-05 21:17:53

My DD is just the same all she eats is

Chocolatey cereal or muddles
Honey sandwiches
Chocolate spread sandwiches
Jam sandwiches
Chicken nuggets (only the processed ones)
Turkey shapes
Fish fingers
No veg
Apple(but only the fruit at nursery usually)
Biscuits etc
Milkshakes or milk
Apart from that not alot else.DD will refuse everything else and won't try anything new,she just says I don't like IT

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