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Does anyone have any picky eater advice?

I have a 2 1/2 yr old that will eat, or at least try, just about anything. I also have a 15 month old that would be content eating rice cakes, fruit snacks, cheetos, dried fruit, nutri grain bars, and a few other select items. He will drink most anything including yogurt drinks, milk, etc. He is growing fine but I would like him to have a bigger variety of nutrients. We do give him what we are eating at every meal. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Asked by 2jstyles at 3:04 PM on Jul. 7, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Make sure he's not getting too much dairy. No more than 3 servings a day... that's 3 cups of milk (actual 8 ounce cups, not a full sippy cup). And that includes all dairy - the yogurt drinks count as dairy.
    Then just eat things in front of him. Offer them to him and let him say no. The more pressure you put on him, the more likely he is to refuse to eat anything new and the more likely he is to drop things he currently will eat. Pressure is sneaky:
    Eat one bite of everything and you can have a cookie is pressure.
    Here comes the choo choo train, open wide! is pressure.
    Big sighs or comments about wasted food as you dump his plate in the garbage is pressure.
    Keep you face and words neutral. Let him decide for himself that it's OK to be a big kid and try whatever it is. And let him decide to spit it out if he doesn't like it. "Miss Manners" can wait.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:25 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • It's important to remember that 2yos are no longer growing as rapidly, and should hold their weight for as much as 2 years --from 1 - 3 at around 22 pounds. Since he's not going to double his weight in a year ever again, it makes sense that he's just not hungry the way he used to be.

    For him, it means he can 'hold out' for the engineered foods -- the ones that hit all the hot buttons for what people need most, that are rare in the wild: fat, salt and sugar -- if they're available, he can wait because he's just not hungry.

    Offer him clean, healthy food (clean as in 'unprocessed, additive-free, natural actual foods') and let him eat a few bites without making any comments about the volume or speed he's eating. If he is happy to have a mouthful before he's done, he's probably had enough.

    The more big deal you make about it, the more resistance he'll have to broadening his flavour palate when he matures.

    Answer by LindaClement at 4:03 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

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