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Hi I was wanting advice on a very fussy 2 year old. I struggle to get her to try new foods. She won’t even drink formula or milk anymore won’t eat cheese or meat or vegetables and has very limited fruit as well. Don’t know what else to try. Do you have any suggestions for a fussy eater?

Posted by Jennifer, 04/06/13

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  • I’ve heard it takes 20 yuks for one yum for some kids. So just putting a bit of new food on the plate each year and not making a big deal. If it’s left try asking if you can have the new food, say yum and look like your enjoying it. Do they make a disaster and keep adding it too the plate, hopefully they’ll catch on and try it!


  • So what does she actually enjoy eating? Pasta shapes are usually a hit with kids.


  • put some milo in her milk and give her yoghurt,


  • Make it fun! Check out websites like Neat2eat and lunchboxes with love, they have fantastic products to help make meal times more fun


  • Make it fun , cut into shapes , even animal shapes. U can do with a coockie cutter to make the shapes. I got a dinosaur one from reject shop. My nephew loves it


  • Although it means a little extra work and imagination from you, with fruit and veg work on eye appeal . cut them into shapes such as flowers and animals in a combination with at least one food she likes in her bowl and make eating the shapes FUN


  • oh I hear the terrible 2’s have arrived.


  • combining the foods is a good way to get them to try new stuff, as long as there is visual food they like, such as cheese to get them eat it in the first place!


  • Have you tried combining foods? Maybe a Quiche or muffins with meat / veg included? Maybe let your little one pick what she would like to eat (so long as the suggestions are sensible) for some meals.


  • Hope you had success with this, our boy is exactly the same but occasionally surprises us by just eating something we’ve offered for the last six months with no success! I think some of them are just like that and all you can do is keep offering things, don’t let them snack and one day they’ll come good.


  • Lots of helpful advice Hope you were successful;


  • try cooking in a different way like a stir fry.


  • No snacking between meals and a variety would help


  • Getting kids involved with cooking can make them more interested in eating the food, that helps with my kids, also letting them munch on raw veges as I’m cooking.


  • U have to keep offering it to them. I know it’s wasting food but if they don’t see it they will never eat it. If they hungry they will eat it


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