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Picky Eaters 101 - Share your tips here!

Posted by on Feb. 15, 2011 at 7:45 AM
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This post is the place for us to give advice to Moms who have picky eaters.

Here are some of the top tips from moms in the group:

1.       Don't make a big deal out of eating.

2.       Have your children help in the prep work for cooking. 

3.       Make sandwiches into fun shapes using cookie cutters. 

4.       Change undesirable textures by using blenders and knives to make things more kid friendly.

5.       Let your kids help pick recipes and do the shopping.

6.       Offer dips with food (vanilla yogurt , applesauce, ketchup, ranch dressing, etc).

7.       Be patient.

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by on Feb. 15, 2011 at 7:45 AM
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lilmama22806
by on Feb. 15, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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Hide veggies in foods you know they love:)

bhwrn1
by on Feb. 15, 2011 at 8:01 AM
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Keep in mind that it sometimes takes AT LEAST 10 tries for a child to warm up to a food. Don't disgard it after only a few tries. AND, come back to it in a month. Let it rest.

bhwrn1
by on Feb. 15, 2011 at 8:01 AM
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I have a friend who made a food chart and her son has to try a food 10 times and write that on the chart before he can say he doesn't like it. She rewards him for this. I think it's a great idea.

bhwrn1
by on Feb. 15, 2011 at 8:02 AM
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Try dips for veggies: ketchup, cheese, ranch.

bhwrn1
by on Feb. 15, 2011 at 8:02 AM

get creative with things, make it look nice

bhwrn1
by on Feb. 15, 2011 at 8:02 AM
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have them help! Many times if they help prepare it, they will eat it b/c they worked so hard!

KayDziedzic
by on Feb. 15, 2011 at 8:07 AM
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Put sprinkles on it. Seriously, if sprinkles will stick on/in it your child will probably at least try it.

Offer vanilla yogurt and applesauce to dip it in.

Drizzle or swirl chocolate syrup in/on it.

Let them dip it in whatever they like:  ketchup, peanut butter, ranch dressing.

Point out any tv character who likes or eats that food (One of the doodle bops found out he liked cauliflower, which I'd been trying to get my ds to eat for weeks with no success. After that episode he asked for cauliflower for lunch, and has eaten it ever since.)

Keep offering new foods with foods your child does eat.

cookincat743
by on Feb. 15, 2011 at 8:18 AM

all of these ideas are great! And I also used to make a lot of soups and stews as a method of "hiding the veggies".... they couldn't ever really tell exactly what was in there

anna_mccall
by on Feb. 15, 2011 at 9:50 AM
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This is how I get my son to eat them. If he tries to eat them by themselves he would gag or throw up but I can hide them in spaghetti sauce.

Quoting lilmama22806:

Hide veggies in foods you know they love:)


Slieurance
by on Feb. 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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I have found with my son you just need to keep offering it to him. I have also discovered not to make a big deal when he eats something new. When I do this he stops eating it and won't try it again. It has to be his idea.

I also do not make meal time a battle ground. If he doesn't eat, then he doesn't. He does not get anything else though. I also try to be sure that there is at least one thing that I know he will eat served at dinner.

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