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Ds (3) only eats a few things... am I alone?!

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dillinger Thu 13-Aug-09 13:50:16

When ds was starting to eat, he'd try everything (dd 17 months is currently like this) but now its hard finding him things he will eat and Im running out of ideas. We dont eat meat though we do have fish sometimes (I say 'we' - ds will only eat fishfingers, not if I bake some fish or whatever) and I dont want him to eat that too often. If I make spaghetti bolognaise he will enjoy it providing I dont put any obvious pieces of veg i.e a mushroom or piece of pepper on his plate. I grate other veg into dishes like this to try and add nutrients. If I make a curry he likes to have rice and some of the 'sauce' (like with the spag bol). He wont have mashed potato, nor baked beans or anything like that. Ive encouraged him to join in cooking with me, he loves to help and we've made spicy bean burgers, I thought 'brilliant he'll def eat these' but once they were ready he didnt want them. We've made a fruity coleslaw that I thought he might like in his sandwiches but no joy. We're currently growing tomatoes, I thought if hes involved with the process from the start maybe thatd help.

Sometimes I'll use quorn sausages or something like that for meals but he doesnt want them either!

Ive tried things like hummous, avocado, veg sticks but he doesnt want them. Most days he has a cheese and pickle sandwich for lunch, Ive tried sneaking in cucumber etc but nothing manages to pass his eagle eyes hmm

As for fruit he'll eat oranges, apples, grapes, bananas, nectarines, dried fruit. He wont try pineapple, mango, strawberries, blueberries.. you get the idea.

Im at my wits end and worried Im not feeding him properly. Any help much appreciated, if Im doing a crap job I need to know blush

dillinger Thu 13-Aug-09 13:51:37

Oh he'll eat dippy eggs, and yogurts (but then Im wondering if hes eating ones that arent so great)

mothersmilk Thu 13-Aug-09 13:56:47

sounds like he eats a good variety of fruit smile he has cheese which is calcium he has rice and spaggetti which is carbohydrate i wouldnt beat yourself up it can be a tricky age dd 3 will eat pretty much what i give her MOST of the time but she can get fussy to i just role with keep offering new things as long as she's not eating rubbish ie. chocolate and crisps ect its not an issue
your not a bad mum i always find when dd is playing up that every other mum in the world seems so much more virtuous that me smile

MaybeAfterBreakfast Thu 13-Aug-09 13:57:56

My 3.3yo has a very limited diet. He won't try new things, won't eat potatoes or rice under any circumstances, let alone vegetables. He'll only eat:

breakfast:
shreddies (sometimes a bit of toast and marmalade too)

lunch:
slice of bread with smoked salmon pate, soft cheese, or (occasionally) peanut butter; yoghurt

dinner:
pasta with pesto sauce, or baked beans on toast, or sardines on toast.

He won't entertain anything else (apart from biscuits, cakes, crisps which he'd happily eat all day if I let him).

The only fruit he'll eat are strawberries and raspberries.

dillinger Thu 13-Aug-09 14:03:49

Yeah, we dont have crisps and that kind of thing mainly to do with the cost of them (an me blush ) but I cant seem to get any veg into him, wont even have peas or sweetcorn

MaybeAfterBreakfast Thu 13-Aug-09 16:13:31

No veg here either, other than the tomato sauce that sardines comes in. Hidden veg sauces are a non-starter - he can spot the merest hint of a vegetable at a 100 paces.

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