My son is a fussy eater

@maximax8 (29134)
United Kingdom
December 2, 2008 9:31am CST
My son is 18 months old and he is a very fussy eater. He can manage to eat ginger bread biscuits but he won't eat fruit or vegetables. I have had a suggestion to get imaginative with his food. My friend has given me a shape cutting set. It is really lovely with shapes like cars, trains and boats. This should really encourage him to eat. Is your child a fussy eater? If so what have you done to help them? Have you any suggestions for me to encourage my son to eat? Thanks.
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9 responses
• United States
2 Dec 08
I have a 6 year old boy and 7 year old girl who are exactly opposite when it comes to food. She is a very fussy eater while my son isn't. She don't eat veges that much. I usually garnish my food so that my kids will be attracted to it. She loves to help me decorate which I really appreciate. I do think those shaoe cutting can help motivate the kid to eat. ;-)
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Dec 08
We never di anything special to get our son to eat foods he did not like. We figured that is his choice and taste etc so we let it be. He is now 28 and still doesn't like chicken, pasta and most veggies. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• United States
2 Dec 08
I think your son can choose all on his own because at 28 he is old enough to do that but with little children you have to help them get used to eating the right kind of food so that when they grow up they will know what's best for them. ;-)
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Dec 08
My daughter is not a fussy eater at all. Now my son, 28, is a fussy eater. He dislikes chicken very much. Does not like any type of pasta dish either. He was a pain to feed as a child. I have a 7 year old grandson whom is autistic and a very fussy eater. He is a problem for my daughter. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@maximax8 (29134)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 08
Hi Grandpa Bob. It is lucky that you daughter is not a fussy eater but it is a shame that your son is such a fusty eater. Good luck to your daughter because I have taught an autistic boy. I can imagine how fussy an eater he is.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Anything that he eats that he is not used to feels funny to him and he usually vomits it up. So it is rough for her. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I have some that are and some that aren't. I found at that age that they just don't want to slow down long enough to eat. I took a cookie sheet and filled it with various things like carrot sticks, cheerios, ranch dressing, french fries, etc. And I would leave it on the table for them to munch on through out the day. It worked really well. Good Luck!
• United States
3 Dec 08
I meant a cupcake pan, not a cookie sheet! Oops!
@williamjisir (22901)
• China
5 Dec 08
Hello maximax. When my son was very young, he was also a fussy eater. He didn't like to eat vegetables very much. But as he grows up, he has changed a lot, not so fussy as he used to be. Time will change a child in his eating habit, I think.
3 Dec 08
No particular suggestions. A thought does occur though, to get your son to eat a wider range of food at this stage will probably require some hard work, it is difficult to see an easy solution to this, because as with anything else, long-held habits, the longer they are held, so the more difficult they are to break. In light of this, I think to be tenacious, would be a good quality to focus on! Kinda cruel to be kind - he certainly won't be thanking you in the short-term. On the other hand, the long-term benefits will certainly outweigh a few temper tantrums or whatever!
@joystick7 (728)
• India
3 Dec 08
I was a fussy eater some time back but I left all of it once I started working out.. Once you become health concious then you eventually dont stuff in lot of these..
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I don't have a son, but my husband and my brother are fussy eaters. So I put fruits and veggies into things they will eat. Like carrot cake has carrots. Meat loaf, I try to put different veggies into. Jello my husband and brother will eat different things in. Cream my brother will, but my husband hates cream. Lasagna is great for sneaking food in. So fruits into the cream and berries. Studies have shown that having a child grow his own veggies and berries increases the amount of veggies and berries they will eat. So when he is old enough, an indoor or outdoor garden, even a tiny one, is a big help. Those of us that helped my Mom in the garden and even had a few plants of our own love veggies way more than those who never helped. Also fresh veggies and berries taste way better.
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I just responded to a simular discussion http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1809366.aspx A few different views there! My daughter was just the oppisite I couldn't get her to eat any thing BUT fruits and veggies!! I always offered her the foods that she didn't like. For instance I would make chicken for dinner and cut a bite size off mine and cut it really small for her and put it on her plate. She would put it in her mouth then spit it out lol she really didn't like meat!! She will be 2 in a few days. She just in the last month started eating the meat. She is still very picky about which meat she eats but at least she isn't spitting it out any more. I just kept trying and trying by putting just a little bit on her plate every time. It was always offered and up to her to eat it or not.
@riyasam (16571)
• India
2 Dec 08
my daughter is also a fussy eater.when i shared this concern of mine with mylot,my mylot friends told me to be patient and that this fussiness was just a phase.