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Tell me what your fussy eaters eat?

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Tinks15 Wed 05-Oct-16 10:30:24

My 14 month old DD is very fussy. I struggle to get any fruit & veg in her, theres only a few she actually eat like bananas, a little bit of apple, carrots, peas & sweetcorn. So when it comes to snack i dont really know what to give i dont want to give her rubbish if that makes sense. She'll also only eat certain meals i.e. cottage pie, spag bol (not a fan of pasta though so doesnt eat that really), fish fillets, sausages & mash. Its so difficult sometimes. Especially when i go to all that effort of cooking something then she doesnt eat it. Does anyone have this with their DC and what do you do?

brodchengretchen Wed 05-Oct-16 10:39:01

My DC are older than yours, but when I had this come up I did not let them see my anxiety about them eating properly. I cooked reasonable acceptable food, if they ate it - fine - if they didn't they had to wait until the next meal, and no snacking. I didn't want to give a hostage to fortune by letting them pick the food battles, and it largely worked for me. Eating together as a family (even if it's only two of you) is a very important factor in all this. Good luck, and may the fork be with you.

HotChocolateTime Wed 05-Oct-16 11:22:45

I have this exact same problem OP, so am bumping your post in the hope we both get some advice. My DD is only a month older and unless I spoon feed her fruit puree, she cries and refuses to be fed. If I offer food for her to feed herself, she takes ages and most of it is thrown on the floor. She cries and cries for milk and that is all that she wants to fill herself up with. I just don't know what to do.

Tinks15 Wed 05-Oct-16 16:08:08

So bloody annoying eh! Take it no one has fussy eaters!

Mumtwoboys2 Wed 05-Oct-16 18:34:37

I have! My oldest son refused to eat from 1 to 6 years. I was struggling with every piece he ate. Now he eats what he wants and chooses himself. Sometimes I prepare and leave for him a plate with food and its his choice to eat or nosmile I guess he feels best. I cannot force him. There are days he eats some fruit and Sandwich only and then some days he eats steak and asks for more.

justonesherryformedicinalpurpo Wed 05-Oct-16 20:03:57

My DD1 has fussy patches where she'll go off food for a week. Sometimes two.

She loves the texture of cake so sometimes I make banana bread (sweetened only by bananas) or savoury vegetable muffins. And chicken noodle soup and leek and potato soup never fail! I cram loads of veg into the chicken noodle soup and chop her chicken finely as she's not keen on the texture of meat. And I add cheese and peas to the leek and potato soup once blended. You can sneak lots in.

It did stress me out at first but I now just go with it as there's less stress from both of us that way.

Another favourite is corn on the cob and also cheesy egg. I literally mix one egg with some grated cheese in a plastic baby bowl and then pop in the microwave for one minute. It's then sliced into chunks and soon inhaled by my little one. It's a great finger food.

Just think about what she does like and see if you can play around with it. I.e. puree and spread on toast. Make muffins. Blend fruit and freeze for fruity ice lollies. I've even sneaked pureed avocado into porridge before (sweetened with honey) and that was gobbled up too.

Have fun creating and don't make a meal out of it (excuse the pun wink).

HotChocolateTime Wed 05-Oct-16 20:16:18

I am going to try the cheesy egg suggestion tomorrow! smile

LeighaP Wed 05-Oct-16 21:02:37

My daughter is very fussy she dosnt like to try new things and will only eat what she knows some days she hardly eats anything and others she will eat loads it's so hard to cook for her and the family !!

abeandhalo Wed 05-Oct-16 21:10:57

My brother was a fussy eater all through our childhood & my parents realised after a while that he didn't mind eating the same things most days.

His limited diet of about 12 foods had fruit, veg, carbs & protein in it so she just let him eat that every day & he was happy & she didn't stress or get upset when he didn't eat what he was offered.

Of course he was always offered other foods when we ate them & over time his diet expanded by itself.

yeOldeTrout Thu 06-Oct-16 20:07:13

Your DD eats a huge range more veg+f than my youngest did at that age.
I think DS managed bananas maybe 4x in his life (now almost 9yo).
I was okay about things like bread & butter for snacks.

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