Any idea on what to feed a picky child?

United States
October 20, 2006 12:39pm CST
I seems like she goes through so many phases. She is not yet two, and she has about 5 favorite things and that is it. do i just force her to eat whatever i put on her plate or make sure she eats and give her what i know she is going to eat? Help!
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@vhenwood (1062)
• United States
24 Nov 06
My son tried to be a picky eater once .. . my rule is "if you've never tried it, you have to try one bite." End of story. . . he's be like "eww I don't like that", boy, you've never had it, try it & you'll like it . . . and guess what, he did!! I'm not a picky eater and I won't cater to one. If no one likes what I make, they can starve! I'm a meanie in my kitchen!!
• Canada
24 Nov 06
My 3 kids are all grown now and I have 4 grandchildren. In my experience this is a commom problem. When they are your daughter's age I found it best to just feed them whatever they like and gradually try to introduce new foods. Try to make if fun when you do. A doctor told me once there are two things you can't force anyone to do, much less a child, that is eat or sleep. They will eat when they're hungry and sleep when they are tired. One of my daughters used to play for hours with her dinner. A public health nurse told me to give her 20 minutes to eat it and then remove it. Then send her to bed without dinner. I felt guilty doing it but she assured me that a child can go 24 hours without food and not be harmed (other than being hungrty). I tried it for a few days and that was all it took for her to understand if she didn't eat what she was given for dinner she had to wait until breakfast to eat again. Two may be a little young for that and it may seem drastic, but it sure worked for me. I also know from other parents that sometimes it just takes getting older for them to develop new tastes and add to their preferences.
• India
24 Nov 06
start off with juices
• United States
20 Oct 06
Being a once (and still can be) picky child, I'd say Orion gave the best advice with cooking certain things different. In the meantime, like prima said, just feed them what they'll eat. :)
• United States
20 Oct 06
Aiden loves yogurt, chicken nuggets, pb&j, carrots with ranch dressing, cheese and bananas. I just give him whatever he will eat.
@orionsmomma (1080)
• United States
20 Oct 06
Kate is very picky. The best advice I ever read was to keep trying the same food but prepar it diff. each time. Weather it's cutting it diff. or cooking it diff. they're bound to find a way they like it.