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April 21st, 2010, 05:13 PM
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My son refuses to try new things. He only likes oatmeal, smooth yogurt (can't have chunks of fruit), waffles, chicken, french fries, Pizza, and applesauce. He will not eat things most kids like such as Mac & cheese spaghetti, PB & J sandwiches..... Fruits & veggies- forget it. He doesn't like ranch or ketchup, and won't touch anything that's too messy.

This is what I've tried.. I buy V8 splash juices that have carrots, beets, and other veggie juices mixed with fruit juice. I do introduce other foods, but he throws them on the floor, or ignores it.

How can I get him to eat more healthy foods? Anyone tried anything with success?
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April 22nd, 2010, 10:34 AM
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i have read that introducing something 12 times helps the develop a taste for it. maybe keep trying other foods but dont force the issue.

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April 26th, 2010, 02:50 AM
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Try it with him. See if that helps!
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April 26th, 2010, 05:24 AM
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I would just keep trying them. Maybe he will catch on and try it.

Maybe you can eat it with him to show that it is good.

Good Luck. I dont' have a picky eater so I have no experience with it

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August 5th, 2010, 07:45 PM
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No advice, but I have the exact same problem as you. It is the most frustrating thing in the world. I think yours even eats more than mine. The only things he will consistently eat are yogurt and applesauce.

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February 13th, 2011, 01:35 PM
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Wow, my son is exactly the same!! He eats the same things and will not embrace anything new. I tried giving him pears in the little fruit cups and he spit it right out. The only vegetables he eats are sweet potato fries. I guess persistence is key. Give him something over and over again until he finally eats is and enjoys it. Ugh....! LOL!!

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February 21st, 2011, 05:58 AM
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Have you gotten any success with him eating more?

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December 29th, 2011, 11:48 PM
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A suggestion I've heard is to try positive peer pressure. Have some little friends over and give everyone the food, and see if watching them eat it makes him want to follow suit. Good luck! Mine is very picky too, the only fruits he'll eat are raisins and applesauce, and basically the only vegetable is brussels sprouts on occasion! (Go figure!) Oh, and he will let me sneak cooked, shredded carrots into his scrambled eggs, so long as there is cheese in them.

Have you tried sneaking things into the foods he already likes? For example, a new veggie on the pizza?

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January 11th, 2012, 07:17 PM
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I'm having issues trying to get mine to eat her veggies. She used to be so good with her Baby Food veggies now I can't get her to eat any. The Dr. suggested mix it in Mashed Potatoes which she does good with, if they are in a gravy like in a pot pie, and then she loves those Fruitable Drinks. She's still picky though with some things. One thing she can love something one day and hate it another.
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June 22nd, 2013, 09:35 AM
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Very frustrating. My first was not picky - would eat anything. My second is very picky, and I did the same things with him as I did with my first, so I'm pretty sure I didn't do anything to cause it, lol. Hopefully just a phase. Sometimes I think it is a control issue, as that's one of the few things they can control. I've heard that letting them cook with you or pick things out at the grocery store that they'd like to try can help. For me, it works sometimes, not others.
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