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How to get my youngest to eat.

My little one who is 2.5 does not want to eat anything. If he does eat its stuff like spaghetti, mac and cheese, alfredo, pizza and things like that. When I do try to make him try something he just puts it in his mouth and says yum and then the second I turn around he spits it out.

What should I do to make him at least try it and not just put it in his mouth and then spit it out?

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Asked by jnb71584 at 10:54 AM on Mar. 28, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • he is putting it in his mouth, that is a good first step. I say offer him something that he says yum to and don't give into giving him something you know he eats. if he is hungry he will eat something else you will just have to stick to it.

    Answer by zoejains_momma at 10:57 AM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • eventually if u keep trying he will start to learn to like new foods... try 1 meal a day where he has to eat new foods.. if hes hungry enough hell eat it

    Answer by zperez0809 at 10:58 AM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • Don't let him see that you are concerned. If he spits it out, then stay calm and go on to another food. If he'll eat pizza and spaghetti, perhaps you can hide some tiny pieces of cooked or raw vegetables in that. But keep meal time pleasant and low key, and if he is done, let him be done. But no snacks of course, other than offering calmly small portions of what he wouldn't eat for his meal. For example, if he doesn't want to eat whatever meat you are having, that's fine, offer some other protein such as cheese or cooked dried beans. You should be able to find enough protein or calcium rich foods (PB sandwiches, PB in celery or on apple slices, egg wedges, yogurt, milk, fresh spinach wrapped around a stick of cheese) . If meal time stays pleasant and no pressure, in time he'll be hungry and eat from the variety that you offer him.

    Answer by Bmat at 11:02 AM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • Try the book Deceptively Delicious. Yes, it will cause more work for you but it shows you how to "sneak" fruits and veggies into foods kids love like spaghetti, mac and cheese, brownies, etc. You can probably find it at your local library.

    Answer by AprilDJC at 11:05 AM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • Add new foods into his fav foods.... chopped spinach into his alfredo, mushrooms on his pizza, cauliflower in his mac n' cheese. and keep putting all of the foods in their natural form on his plate whenever you eat them. Praise him for tasting anything new, and don't make a big deal out of it when he doesn't. Eventually he'll start trying new things and find some that he likes.

    Answer by Kimedbs at 11:09 AM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • He'll eat when he gets hungry enough. No unhealthy snacks and no junk food. Make sure he is getting much needed nutrition from what he is given to drink and he'll eventually start eating.

    Answer by meooma at 11:57 AM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • my dd was picky at that age too, shes just starting to get over it. (at 3). we make her meal, let her pick one thing i know she will like, then everything else..
    for example, she loves ham and cheese sandwiches, so she picks that a lot for lunch. but i also pull out a fruit and either a soup, or a speghetto's type dish to go with it. she has to at least take a bite out of everything.. them she if free to eat what she wants and go and play. it takes a while but shes asking for a lot of things she did not ask for 6 months ago.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 12:02 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • He's only 2.5 I wouldn't worry about it just yet. At least he is putting it in his mouth. Maybe he'll find a veggie that he likes by doing this.

    Answer by stitchintime at 12:42 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

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