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Am trying to find things for my toddler to eat. It has become extremely difficult to get him to eat. All I seem to be able to get him to eat is apple, Chicken strips, vegemite on toast. Sultana’s, He used to eat soup, Pasta and I was hoping people could give some tips on trying to get a toddler to eat.

Posted by amanda, 10th March 2014

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  • Offer what ever you are eating and eat together. Get excited about foods, prepare food and cook together

  • It certainly does get a little difficult at this age.
    They can have sensory aversions to food too.
    Keep food separate on a plate, often they hate food mingling.
    Offer foods over and over again, up to 20 times.
    Offer varying textures, colours, smells and tastes.
    Let them use their hands to eat.
    giving chopsticks or using different bowls can help.

    Good luck

  • Keep offering different foods and don’t get frustrated when they are turned down. My daughter has decided she wont eat anything with sauce and it currently only eating plain pasta or rice. A couple of weeks ago she disliked both.

  • I know its frustrating but just keep offering a variety of textures, combinations, colours and flavours.

  • Make shapes & pictures like faces trees animals with different foods like ham, cheese, frankfurts etc. This makes it fun & they tend to eat it all

  • They do seam to go through these phases. I’d honestly not worry too much about it, but keep offering new things every day, even though you know it’ll get refused or thrown on the ground. Just offer what you are having. try to sit down and eat at the same time, get him involved with cooking too. good luck.

  • Keep trying to offer new things, he will take it eventually. And use what he does eat to introduce variety ie: he eats apple now, so try cutting it into different shapes, having it raw, cooked, in biscuits, cakes, pies, peeled, unpeeled etc. This variety seams to help them accept new foods as well. Make sure you’re sultanas are organic if you can. Offer him the same dinner time meal and you eat.

  • Sounds like he wants to eat things he can pick up with his fingers. Just try little plates with healthy little pieces, like little pieces of cheese, fruit, veggies, meat like chicken drumsticks, home made chips etc. good luck.

  • I had success tempting a fussy eater by trying Cheese and Apple Quesadillas, which are easy to make, and your son is old enough to help you make them. You can use a variety of fillings, and they’re suitable for grown-ups too.

  • If he likes fruit, try making some fruit kebabs and make a game out of dipping the fruit into some plain or flavoured yoghurt. If you have metal cookie cutters, try cutting vegetables into shapes with the cookie cutters to make them more fun to eat.

  • Eat the same things as him, don’t prepare a ‘kids meal’. They don’t like to feel left out!

  • perseverance that is the only answer, kids like to test us and only eat what they want, keep putting it on his plate but don’t fuss over it too much

  • Try to make food fun, and dont stress, they can smell your fear!

  • soups are god thick ones, chicken sweet potato chips

  • there are some good comments here

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