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I’m after any tips that will get my daughter to eat her food. She will eat her teething rusks and biscuits and anything we put in her mesh dummie, but not her food. I will eat my breakfast biscuits and she eat one of those fine, she will eat mashed pumpkin but off my plate. We have tried almost everything. Anyone know any tips to get my daughter to eat her own food?


Posted by Chelilly, 11th June 2015


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  • Have you tried eating at a different time to her, so that she has no choice but to eat off her own plate?


  • Put her food on your plate


  • stages, not ages with kids. put a bit more on your plates and serve her off yours, then start to include her in putting food on plates, so she feels grown up. if she is a part of the overall meal deal, she will love to eat her plateful x


  • Reduce the in between meals snacks. And if she eats off your plate, what’s wrong with that? As long as she’s eating. It’s most likely a phase she’ll grow out of


  • Is it so bad that she eats off your plate. I know that Super Nanny would say that that is a breach of boundaries but at least she is eating decent food.


  • My question to you is, how old is your daughter? I admit that it’s hard work getting my toddler to try and eat new foods (and sometimes old favourites). And I have seen that she’s generally more keen to eat something if it’s off my plate! I see this as an opportunity to try her with new things and get her exposed to the food, how it looks, feels and tastes. Good luck!


  • I wouln’t worry. Because it is on your plate, she wants some to. Put the same on her plate and you start eating some of her plate too , this may encourage her to eat her own food. Start with putting food she likes on her plate. Good luck


  • Add extra food to your plate and let her eat it. Problem solved :)


  • if shes safely eating the same as you id leave her!
    i had this problem when bubs hit around 6 months and i just made sure it was soft enough or small enough for her to chew and eat without choking and she was fine!


  • My 10 month old start doing this, she especially wants what is on her elder sister’s plate. I just let her have some as long as it is appropriate for her.


  • I agree with most of the other posts here.. give her age appropriate cutlery and plates etc and food similar to you.


  • Let her go! It is stages not ages with kids, and I don’t know many older kids that still eat off their parents plates, do you?


  • Some great responses here already & I’ll agree with one of the posters here that said depending on your Childs age that you move towards giving them similar plates and cutlery as what you use. They love that feeling of inclusion :)


  • im not sure of the age of your child, but is there a chance of giving her, her food on a plate like yours? My daughter hated that she had a ‘kids’ plate and so at the age of 2 was eating off a smaller adults plate so she felt like a big girl.


  • I wouldn’t worry too much. Not sure how old your daughter is, but if younger than 12 months, most of her nutrition should be coming from her milk. It’s more important that she has first tastes of things so if she eats from your plate, great. Always offer her own food, but don’t stress if she doesn’t eat it. Kids pick up on our vibes very easily, especially around food. Try a much as you can to show her you’re not fussed if she eats it or not then hopefully she’ll feel comfortable to try it.


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