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He never used to be fussy and always ate what was given. Now I don’t know what more I can do, to make him want to eat what everyone else is eating. Suggestions and help would be fantastic.

Posted anonymously, 18th March 2014

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  • Regression can happen when when their sensory systems change. Try changing up the foods they usually eat with something very similar in colour and texture to slowly reintroduce new foods.

  • I know it’s difficult but try presenting food differently so that he becomes interested in it.

  • don’t make a big deal of food, and please don’t punish… food is just not important to some kids. my son is the fittest healthiest man, but his childhood was twisties, chips and chops pretty much.. he was a buggar, but mum was awesome x

  • Try get him out of this now I didn’t and my son is 12 and it’s got worse to late

  • At 2 years of age children are starting to test your boundaries. I remember at the same age my son became fussy. One night I had made Golden syrup dumplings, which he had never tried before. He was told he could have some if he ate all his meal. He sat at the table until his meal was cold and very uninviting. My husband and I finished and served ourselves up our desert.he came over and we let him smell our delicious desert. he was told again you can have some when you have finished your vegies. The meal was soon consumed and he enjoyed his dumplings. He was just seeing if he could make this decision instead of me. Strong character children will always test you to see how serious you are about rules. If you give in, rules will always be a battle. As long as there are no allergies involved love your child enough to stand strong. It is an important lesson all toddlers need to learn. You want to know that you are the guide for your children and they will listen to you.

  • It can be so frustrating to sit and watch a fussy child refuse everything you have lovingly prepared, but personally I believe it is about experimentation, they are pushing thier boundaries and exerting control over one of the very few things they can control. No child has starved them selves, just keep offering but dont make it a big deal!

  • Try making fruit kebabs and make a game out of dipping them in yoghurt when he eats them. Also, if you have metal cookie cutters, use them to cut vegetables into fun shapes and this may encourage him to eat them. Good luck!

  • let him eat what he likes, as long as he is getting milk and other nutrients then he will change later

  • i hope you have had some luck

  • I think kids realise this is one area they can exercise some control, they can be also incredibly stubborn at this age, my best suggestion is to not make too much of an issue out of it, dont let him see you upset!

  • my daughter was the same for such a long time now we tell her she cant play till she eats

  • Keep persisting! The other Mums have great advice! As well as getting the kids involved in shopping and cooking, I have found having vegies and herbs in the garden makes the kids much more open to trying things. They love helping water and look after the plants. My kids now eat tomatoes, oregano, mint, beetroot and more!

  • there are some good comments here

  • I was going to say the same thing or cutting it differently or preparing it to make the food more ‘fun’. There’s all kinds of suggestions and pages dedicated to this like making fruit into sailboat skewers or cutting sandwiches in stars. If he still doesn’t want to eat it watch him closely to see what he does like and why and ask him why he doesn’t like the other foods. Sometimes they don’t like the colour or textures of foods. It’s not really fair to expect a child to like something because other family do when as we get older we all have different likes and dislikes. Good luck.

  • Perhaps try making the food in to animal shapes or smiley faces – make it look like fun.
    A friend of mine said she mixes vegetables through mash potato and tells her son it’s ‘rainbow mash’ – he loves it and doesnt realise just how good it is for him.

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