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When Meghan was in the baby food stage she did great with trying new foods. But now we're in the picky toddler stage.
Dinner has gotten difficult. We went through a period of time where we were eating out a lot or ordering in because we were going through a tough time. Once we stopped, trying to get her to eat good home cooked meals became harder. If she doesn't know the food, she just won't eat it or she'll throw it on the floor.
We've been in a pretty good rut, basing her meals off of things we know she'll like and just mixing up the combos.
Well, today I went to the kitchen to fix her lunch and we were down to PB&J, which I'm tired of making and she's tired of eating. So I decided to make her something different whether she liked it or not, but needed a game plan to get her to taste it. Once she tastes something she's fine.
I made scrambled eggs with spinach, mushrooms, a little salsa and a touch of cheese. Rather than putting it on her tray, I put it all on my plate and sat myself down on the living room floor. I took a few bites and pretended to ignore her until she came up and pointed. Then I offered her a bite and made Mmm noises as she ate it. The first couple bites she wasn't so sure, but then she started to squeal with each bite and make mmm noises too. After several, I then put her in her chair with the rest.
That girl ate two eggs worth with all the stuff included!
What do you do to trick your kids into trying something?
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When Vi isn't eating things, I always take it and give it to Lily Vi gets so mad and goes and grabs the food and then gobbles it down. Both girls aren't very picky though, so I don't have to do it often.
I think your trick works for us Amy. Abri refused to eat dinner tonight even though she's eaten pork, potatoes, and carrots except not this recipe. As soon as I got my own plate, she insisted on having bite after bite.