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MistressMary Sun 19-Jun-05 23:27:00

Bread and butter, yoghurt, fruit puree, bananas and potato.
19 months old.
I try offering him different things, disguising it , mashing it , pureeing it, making small shapes etc...
But still he will only eat bananas, bread and butter, yoghurt, friut puree and flaming potatoes.
Unless of course I give him chocolate, or biscuits, those pancakes things. Grrr.
He will not even look at Tomatoes,apples,meat or all the other countless stuff kids seems to like.
What do I do?
Apart from getting stressed out that is?

jessicasmummy Sun 19-Jun-05 23:28:31

MM - Jess is the same.

Bananas
Yoghurt
Potato
Cheese triangles
Weetabix
Dairylea/marmite sandwiches
Chocolate

Nightmare huh....

QueenOfQuotes Sun 19-Jun-05 23:29:46

Chillout - keep offering one or two (max) new things each meal - they ALL get picky between the ages of hmmmm 18 months - 18yrs..........well close to that.

Dior Sun 19-Jun-05 23:31:52

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MistressMary Sun 19-Jun-05 23:32:03

Phew.
Not just me then.
Oh well keep plodding on then.

Fimbo Sun 19-Jun-05 23:33:25

My ds (18 mths)is like this too. I have tried and tried and tried (and will keep on trying) various vegetables, fruits etc and all I get is "no, no, no" and he clamps his mouth shut when I try to pop a bit apple (or similar) in, but when on the extremely rare occasion he has had some of his sister's chocolate buttons its "me, me,me". Glad I am not alone.

jessicasmummy Sun 19-Jun-05 23:33:49

have just started getting her to eat raisons.... sort of!

meat - she wont touch it.... tried all sorts!

swear she's not getting all the vitamins etc she needs but hey, thats why she is still on progress milk i guess rather than full fat cows milk.

tortoiseshell Mon 20-Jun-05 01:17:09

Ds is 4 and he is JUST starting to get a bit better. Until recently he would eat:
Bread
Cheese (only mild cheddar)
Rice Krispies
Peas
Pasta
Toast
Chocolate Spread

And that was it. He is also a skinny boy, so I did get quite worried, but he is full of energy, and he is now just starting to eat a slightly bigger variety - eg he will eat a sausage or a fishfinger, will eat potato smiley faces, apple, grapes, shreddies, baked beans etc. Doesn't eat things like yoghurt that seem obvious things to like.

If you're really worried you could try Minadex (I think that's the name) - it's an orange flavoured vitamin medicine that seems to build their appetite up a bit. But I would just ride it out if I were you. My HV said as long as he had something from each food group (protein, carb, fruit/veg, fat )then it didn't matter if it was the same every day!

giraffeski Mon 20-Jun-05 01:25:45

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Furball Mon 20-Jun-05 07:44:03

For fruit intake - have you tried custard? I found that DS woffed anything down with custard, so I chucked some stewed apple or pear in and that disappeared too!

hermykne Mon 20-Jun-05 07:53:47

mistress
my dd was the same , atrocious and i was sooo stressed out over it. make sure your ds is hungry, may sound stupid but i have to watch carefully what dd eats to ensure she an "appetite" for her dinner, shes has greatly improved but eats very small portions

something else i was told is milk is a food not a drink and it will quench their appetite, so if he gets to much of it , diliute it down and try to reduce his intake. it coats the stomach thus inhibiting digestion thus quenching appetite.

once i did this with dd she improved
HTH

hermykne Mon 20-Jun-05 07:54:58

mistress
my dd was the same , atrocious and i was sooo stressed out over it. make sure your ds is hungry, may sound stupid but i have to watch carefully what dd eats to ensure she an "appetite" for her dinner, shes has greatly improved but eats very small portions

something else i was told is milk is a food not a drink and it will quench their appetite, so if he gets to much of it , diliute it down and try to reduce his intake. it coats the stomach thus inhibiting digestion thus quenching appetite.

once i did this with dd she improved
HTH

triceratops Mon 20-Jun-05 08:00:43

It is rare to meet an adult who will only eat dairylea sandwiches. I think it is something they will all grow out of.

I notice that they all want to eat only white/beige/brown food. I read somewhere that if you wean onto brightly coloured food vegetables are accepted earlier. It didn't work for though ds who used to eat peppers and tomatoes and olives at 20 months but now refuses anything but cheesy mashed potatoe (if he had the choice). I am just glad he is healthy and that the only thing I have to worry about is that he won't eat any fruit but banana .

MistressMary Mon 20-Jun-05 11:56:42

Yes I tried custard and rice pudding and even jelly get the thumbs down.
I tried him on some satsuma last night and he actually ate it.

Nightynight Mon 20-Jun-05 12:06:52

ha ha triceratops, your post reminded me of a man I met at uni - his diet apparently consisted of only white bread, tinned mushy peas and tomato ketchup.

Quick, convenient and the possibility to make the Italian flag

Gobbledigook Mon 20-Jun-05 12:10:53

I found that ds1 (world's pickiest eater) would start to eat something having seen me eat it and then tried a bit. So for example, I never offered him choice grain crackers with philadelphia but I was eating it one day and he asked for some. It's been the same with a few things like cheese, pears, oranges.

I know how you feel though, ds1 is a nightmare. I've given up worrying now - his diet is narrow but it won't be forever!

clary Mon 20-Jun-05 12:12:45

mistressmary I am sure you haev thought of all this but..
does he eat with you - make a big play of the special food you are having, would he like to try some etc
Picnics on the living room floor are fun
Just let him get curious and try some of your lovely bright coloured food (good point from triceratops).
Don't get stressed about it or he will latch on to that.
Agree re milk, certainly a food not a drink. Thirsty children in our house get water orvery diluted fruit juice so as not to spoil dinner.
We had a great clamour yesterday for raspberries and strawberries, also peaches cut up are very nice at the minute and not too scary and crunchy.

MistressMary Mon 20-Jun-05 12:22:24

Hello Clary, yep thougbt of it!
I try all manners of ways to introduce and eat together.
Shall just take it slowly and keep on with being crafty.

Thanks everyone for your ideas and suggestion as well as "been there and got the t shirt brigade."
Thanks.

jessicasmummy Mon 20-Jun-05 12:29:12

just a quick question - someone please tell me egg is ok for jess - she's 11 months! Ive just had bolied eggs and toast and she seemed to like it....

hermykne Mon 20-Jun-05 13:02:33

eggs are fine, mine had scrambled at 8mths, well cooked

clary Mon 20-Jun-05 13:03:15

jm I wd personally avoid undercooked eggs before 1 (ie scramled egg, runny boiled egg, cake mix
But hardboiled is fine after 6mo unless otherwise indicated.

mandyc66 Mon 20-Jun-05 13:10:52

my scrammbled eggs arent undercooked...am I doing it wrong!!!! would advice not to introduce anything els at the same tome..mine had a reaction to egg. still wont eat them now he is 10, other than merangue nests!!!!!!

jessicasmummy Mon 20-Jun-05 13:12:22

it was 2 hard boiled eggs mashed up in a cup with a tiny bit of mayonaise?! OOPS - maybe im a little early....

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