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how do i get my 15 month old child to try more foods all she eats is fish sticks chicken nuggets and waffles

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Asked by cupcakelady123 at 3:07 PM on Oct. 27, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Offer her other foods and don't have those in the house so you can't give in. If she is hungry she will eat.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:09 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • Stop offering her fish sticks, chicken nuggets and waffles. Offer her healthier foods in small quantities. Give her plenty of choices so that she'll find something she likes. For example, at lunchtime, offer her some banana, cheese cubes, whole wheat bagel, peas. Let her eat as much or as little as she wants. Praise her for at least trying some of the foods. At dinnertime, serve her a small portion of whatever you cooked for dinner, along with the "favorite food" you identified from lunch. That way, you give her an opportunity to try the dinner, at the same time making sure she gets something healthy in her system.

    Answer by Fallaya at 3:29 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • Stop offering those things... fish sticks? Mercury. Eeek!
    He'll eat, eventually.

    Answer by Autumn22 at 3:31 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • Give her a variety of different foods that are similar, like blueberry waffles, then try making mini muffins...something similar but different. Try making chicken in a variety of ways. Mix her food up a bit, chop up her chicken nuggets and add corn...or see if you can find corn nuggets at the store...something similar but different...try offering things like fruit mixed applesauce, they have many blueberry, strawberry, and peach. Also try offering yogurt too. Sometimes it is not that the child won't eat, but sometimes it is a texture thing! Try things with a similar texture! They say kids have to eat something like 7 times before they like it! Keep trying momma!

    Answer by Rebecca727 at 3:38 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • I agree - if you only offer him/her healthy choices, they will make their decision from that.

    Answer by missanc at 3:38 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • All kids go through picky phases. First, make sure that she is drinking water, so she doesn't get dehydrated. Most important, do not create a monster who only eats nuggets, fish sticks and waffles. Just keep offering a variety of healthy foods, and eventually she will start eating them.
    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 4:10 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

  • We use the 3 bite rule. You must try 3 bites of what is on your plate; if you don't like it, you fix yourself peanut butter and honey on whole grain toast with a kiwi or apple. Even my husband is expected to follow the rule.
    If you cave now, you will forever have a picky monster on your hands. I promise that your child will not starve. Moms who cave are part of the reason why by the end of next year one half of American children will be both undernourished and overweight. One third of children born in this century will develop type 2 diabetes.
    Keep offering a variety of healthy foods; stop buying junk foods until the picky phase has passed

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:10 PM on Oct. 27, 2009

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