Help my toddler won't eat ......

United States
May 8, 2007 12:20am CST
....fruits and veggies. I can get him to drink juices but actually eating them doesn't work. It is so frustrating cause he was on baby food for an extended amount of time (he is delayed in all areas) and ate fruits and veggies no problem. Now that they are actual fruits and veggies he wants nothing to do with them. I try to sneak in as much as I can in tomato sauce. Even sneaking in is hard as he doesn't want to eat things like chili, stew and soup. He has a hearty appetite so that isn't a problem. He wants to eat just about all day. It is just he wants to eat 'junky' food most of the time. I also have a problem getting him to drink milk. He won't take milk from a cup (and he won't take a bottle at all and since he is almost 3 I wouldn't try to get him to take one now anyway). He won't even take breast milk from a cup. He will eat LOADS of cheese off a pizza. He will eat yogurt and icecream but won't drink a milkshake. The doctor is fine with his diet (and I am completely honest with them). The doctor is pleased with his weight gain (it is very slow due to his genetic disorder and heart defect). My son is also incredibly healthy. Does anyone have any ideas? Should I just take it for toddler signs of independence and ride it out? I am just at my wits end.
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@Gemmygirl1 (2872)
• Australia
9 May 07
I didn't have any trouble getting my daughter to eat her veggies or anything, the 1 fruit she always has fun with is oranges - have you tried giving him a slice of orange? I guess it's not a big deal & he'll probably grow out of it eventually but here in Australia there's a juice you can get called V8 - it's made for little ones as well it's fruity flavoured but is full of vegetable juices. Just keep up with the yoghurts & stuff - oh, try making him a thick shake - rather than a normal milk shake - add extra ice cream to it so it's thick & can be eaten with a spoon - it's still a healthy milk shake but thick & more fun for him to have. I tried something new the other day too - i bought a can of chunky soup & took out the chunks for my daughter, it was full of vegetables, noodles & meat chunks, she loved it - you could try that & just watch him to see what he picks at. Also, mashed potato is always pretty easy to get kids to take so much carrot & things like that in with it. Good Luck but if you're doctor is happy then you really dont have anything to worry about.
• United States
1 Sep 07
Thanks for the ideas. I love the new V8 juice called V-Fusion that has a full serving of veggies and fruit in an 8 ounce serving.
@mememama (3077)
• United States
8 May 07
My son won't eat veggies unless he can dip them in ketchup or ranch dressing. But he'll eat corn without it, they can get so weird at this age lol. He's getting picky with his fruit, so I blend a bunch of frozen berries and other fruits and make a slushie out of them, he loves this when it's hot outside. Here's a good link about picky eaters that always makes me feel better when my son drives me nuts for a few days with his eating habits http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/T030800.asp
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• United States
1 Sep 07
Thanks for the tips. Thanks for the link too. I love Dr Sears.