Hi everyone - my daughter is one in a couple of weeks, and after months of being great with trying every taste going has suddenly decided she is only going to eat fruit and toast with marmite. She's throws on the floor literally every thing else we give her. Is this normal ?! How can I encourage her to eat anything else if she's refusing ? She's allergic to eggs so we can't do pastas with sauces etc, so I've been making meat in to pate's on toast for her, but she's not fooled :-) Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Try not to look bothered, fuss or use any kind of bribery - minimal reactions are best.
Try presenting food in different shapes and in different containers. My DS went through a love of containers such as lidded tupperware and would happily open them up to discover what was inside.
Grated veg/fruit might help - as then you can make exciting mixes.
Does she use a spoon herself? Maybe some new cutlery might encourage her to self feed.
I have heard it said that foods need to be presented around ten times before they are accepted - we tried this with eggs (his meal every week with DH when i went on a ten-week course). On my final session he ate two boiled eggs!
If she's allergic to eggs have you got a list of egg free foods from your supermarket? They can make shopping so much easier. You should be able to get egg free pasta at most supermarkets and egg free pasta sauce is easy to make.
As for being fussy, it just sounds normal. Agree with just offering the food, just normal family food, and chatting and getting on with your own meal. If she throws or refuses ignore, ignore and ignore some more. She'll soon realise its that or nothing. Keep a food diary too, it will help you to see what she eats over a week or two, it can be variable from day to day, and hopefully stop you worrying over one missed meal