What to Feed a Picky Toddler?

@glords (2615)
United States
December 5, 2008 10:37am CST
I guess all parents face the frustration of "meal time." Sometimes I go through the fridge showing my son the food waiting for him to sign "yes" or "more" or "food." All of these signs mean, yes, I'm willing to eat that. Most of the time he agrees to some yogurt or lunch meats and an occasional banana. Oh why can't he just eat what a prepare for the grown ups? Anyhow, I'm hoping that some of you might have some suggestions of healthy foods I could buy that are toddler friendly? Is there anything out there that has worked for you?
3 responses
@camomom (7537)
• United States
5 Dec 08
My 2 1/2 year old will pretty much only eat chicken and junk. She does like cheese and peanut butter and jelly also. We sometimes lie to her and tell her that healthy foods are junk foods. She loves chicken soup and chicken pot pie. We call pot pies, chicken pie, even if they aren't chicken. All sous are chicken soup in our house also. Try making the foods look fun to eat or add something to his that he does like, even if it's not appetizing to you. You can find a lot of kid friendly recipes online. They sell kid meals and snacks in the infant department at most stores that are healthy. We bought a dinasour sandwich cutter for her pb&j sandwiches. They sell all kinds of different shapes at Walmart or in some craft stores. Hope some of this works for you. Good luck.
@glords (2615)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Thanks so much for the tips. I think all of these ideas will be helpful. I haven't ever bought pot pies... but that sounds like something he would eat. I cant wait to try.
@camomom (7537)
• United States
6 Dec 08
We buy the Banquet one's because they take like 5 minutes to make in the microwave and they're small enough for her. Hope he likes my ideas.
@irishidid (8270)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Is he really picky or is there something else going on? My son barely ate anything and all the time I thought he was picky it was because he couldn't taste anything because of his tonsils and adenoids. Once they were out and he could taste food he ate and ate.
@glords (2615)
• United States
5 Dec 08
wow, I never even thought of that. I just assumed he didn't like my cooking. I guess I better have the doctor check him out. Are there any other symptoms I should check?
@irishidid (8270)
• United States
5 Dec 08
It never hurts to check. In my son's case he had huge tonsils. So big they were all you could see and his uvula was bent over to the side because it had no room to hang like it is suppose to. He had constant sore throats, but years later I think they had more to do with allergies.
• United States
5 Dec 08
Ha ! your not alone. My 3 year old, would drink just milk for two days. I have to asked her what she wants and all she ever tell me is milk. I will cook her favorite food but she will not eat it. Show her the content of the fridge, she would say milk. I itimized all the contents of our kitchen to her and yet she would just tell me, I want milk. Sometimes, it is very frustratin, BUT there are days also where she would asked for food, and sometimes she eats anything I gave her. Sometimes, I wonder maybe they have days where they want to eat anything and some days they don't feel like eating. Try some fruits, that works ussually to my daughter if she does not want to eat. Ever since she is a baby she love to eat fruits. That really works fine with me. And sometimes, when we are at the grocery, I let her pick up her own food.
@glords (2615)
• United States
5 Dec 08
That is crazy... I'm so glad to know I'm not alone. I've often wondered why some days he is happy to eat, and other days he wont eat a crumb. I'm glad to know its not unusual.