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My toddler won't eat fresh fruit

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PollyPecker Sat 30-Aug-08 13:43:57

He loves banana but will only eat other fruit if it is in a dish like crumble or with custard etc. I just worry that he doesn't eat enough fruit and what to know what everyone things/suggests.

juuule Sat 30-Aug-08 15:04:37

Have you tried chopping apples, pears into small pieces and letting him just pick at some? Mine have preferred that to biting into a large piece of apple when toddlers.
Core an apple and slice thinly across to make apple rings. That was another favourite.
Otherwise just let him have bananas for now and carry on giving him other fruits in crumbles etc. and try again later.

chuckeyegg Sat 30-Aug-08 15:17:15

Have you tried blueberries? DS loves dried fruit as well he also still eats the organix fruit purees which are very good.


chuckeyegg Sat 30-Aug-08 15:22:20

Also if he likes cereals or porridge in the morning hiding little bits of fruit in this seems to work well. If he likes ice lollies perhaps he would eat fresh fruit lollies.

I sometimes stew apple and pear or whatever you like and add it to yogurt.

Hope these ideas help

greenandpleasant Sat 30-Aug-08 15:26:47

Hi there... nor does mine. He eats veggies quite happily but obviously doesn't like the texture of fresh fruit for some reason. I keep giving him it and we've got as far as him putting it in his mouth, but will never swallow it other than a brief breakthrough with some melon the other week.

I give him purees in pots (call it compote if it makes you feel happier about it seeming to be baby food!) and those fruit purees in sachets, which he loves. hth.

FluffyMummy123 Sat 30-Aug-08 15:27:46

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CantSleepWontSleep Sat 30-Aug-08 15:30:31

How old?
DD is 2.6 and will only eat lychees or occasionally grapes. She won't eat it in other puddings either.
We just offer veg instead, which she generally eats quite well.
Figure she'll grow to like more in time, and veggies are better for her anyway!
You could try sticks of cucumber or raw carrot instead.

TheDevilWearsPrimark Sat 30-Aug-08 15:32:02

Smoothies are good to, I make them diluted with milk and ice

schneebly Sat 30-Aug-08 15:36:27

My 3 year old is like this but he will eat fruit purees, dried fruit, fruit bars and will drink smoothies etc so we jusu make sure he has some of those. He doesnt do veg either so i make soups and pasta sauces and blend them hmm I do re-try him with odd thing occasinallly and I am sure he will open up to more things as he gets older.

mankymummy Sat 30-Aug-08 15:45:21

smoothies. or give him the fruit crumbles.
as long as he's healthy i wouldnt worry.

thehouseofmirth Sat 30-Aug-08 16:05:46

Does he eat vegetables? If he does I wouldn't worry as they are probably better for him than fruit adn the fruit eating will come in time. DS (3) begs for fruit now but up until a month ago wouldn't touch it at all.

rubyloopy Mon 01-Sep-08 08:29:47

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Smee Tue 02-Sep-08 11:01:07

If it's just taste, then you can't do much other than not to push it and try other routes like drinks, etc. But if it's control/ power, then is he old enough to understand try some reverse psychology? I told my DS not on any account to eat my apple (I'd left it next to him, with a bite out of it) and when I turned round he was gnawing into and laughing his head off. He's eaten at least two whole apples every day since. (I think he was about 18months at the time).

edam Tue 02-Sep-08 11:08:04

Doesn't matter at all as long as he eats plenty of veg. But you could try dried or tinned fruit to see if he takes to that any better - ds loved dried apricots from an early age and likes dried mango now. It all counts! Or buy plain yoghurt and add fresh berries.

giraffeskeel Tue 02-Sep-08 11:10:09

My dd is not keen on fresh fruit either (5 years) but she loved them as a baby. Gradually ate less and less varieties and now the only fresh fruit she will eat is apples.

Not particularly concerned though, she eats veg and tbh I'm not that struck on most fruit so its fine

bethoo Tue 02-Sep-08 11:12:05

have you tried him on dried fruit like raisins? yo can get them choclate covered grin
my ds is the opposite, he lives on fruit which is just as worrying as i worry about his teeth and his poos smell!

MrsMattie Tue 02-Sep-08 11:14:34

DS only liked bananas as a young toddler. Gradually, he started liking other types of fruits, but it did happen very gradually. He liked grapes cut into halves, then eventually he started liking berries, then apples, pears etc. He still hates tropical fruit, the little weirdo! I'd keep offering fruit in different forms - fresh, stewed, dried, pureed, mashed with yoghurt, cut into different shapes etc. - and be patient. smile

Surfermum Tue 02-Sep-08 11:17:09

DD isn't keen on fresh fruit but loves tinned fruit. Obviously fresh would be better, but it's still fruit, so I'm happy and she still manages to have her 5 a day most days.

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