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How do i get my one year old to eat the food i make?

im a stay at home mom. so i cook the dinner. i like to make all different things for dinner && he doesn't seem to like hardly ANYTHING i make. he seems to only hot dogs chicken and mashed potatos. im hopen that he will get over it. i want him to eat more then hot dogs and chicken. i want him to what everyone else eats for dinner.

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Asked by Cordells_Mommy at 12:20 PM on Aug. 13, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • The air-o-tarian phase! They all go through it. First, make sure that he is drinking water, so he doesn't set dehydrated.
    Most important, do not create a monster who only eats nuggets, mac and cheese and hot dogs.
    Just keep offering a variety of healthy foods, and eventually he will start eating.
    Frozen foods are fun to play with, and will get eaten, like peas, blueberries and corn. Chunks of avocado and tofu are loaded with great nutrition, and are fun to squish between little fingers.
    I have never met a toddler who wouldn't eat hummus (lots of calcium, protein, good fats and iron), you can mix it with a mashed egg.
    Offer cut fruits with yogurt dip, fresh veggies with hummus or salad dressing, cooked whole wheat pasta and veggies with marinara or peanut sauce or cheese sauce.

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:33 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • Just keep trying to get your baby to eat the food. It usually takes about 3 attempts. He might not like what you made one night but when you make the same dish the following week he might take to it better. Kids are finicky. Don't give up! He'll eventually expand his palate.

    Answer by MaWolf at 12:41 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • this is all new to him. A lot of kids do not like the texture of "adult' food. And it takes at least 9 introductions of a new food before kids are not suspicious of it. just continue to off him whatever you make for dinner. DO NOT give in and make him a hot dog or some other favorite. Kids will not let themselves starve. eventually he will eat what you put before him. I work with a gal who always gave into her son he eats like 5 foods and they are all junk. and all processed. She makes the kid chicken nuggets for thanksgiving.......


    Answer by justgrape723 at 12:44 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • What do you do when he won't eat the dinner you have made?
    If instead you make a hot dog or something you know he will eat, that could be part of the problem. They are stubborn little things! Just offer the meal you have made and if he doesn't eat, he won't starve. Next time he asks for a snack, bring back out that same meal you prepared and give it to him again. They will eventually get the hint that Mom really IS in charge! :)

    Answer by Glowing4Caleb at 1:34 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • Try to offer at least one food he likes at each meal. In addition to that, offer a couple of other choices. Let him eat as much or as little as he likes. If you make a big deal about him not eating, he'll refuse to eat because he knows he'll get lots of attention. Offer healthy snacks between meals, but space them out so they are not too close to the "big" meal times (like lunch and dinner).

    I know it hard not to, but don't fix him something different if he refuses to eat what you've offered. He won't starve, I promise!

    Answer by Fallaya at 3:34 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

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