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Sitting down and eating dinner is a battle usually at our house. Kynslee is such a picky eater and will not eat most dinner foods - especially most meats. I try and encourage her to eat them but she won't. She won't even try some foods.
Last night we had pork steaks, corn, squash and homemade mac and cheese. I know she loves corn and it will eat that; So, I put a little of each of the other things on her plate and left off the corn to try and encourage her to eat the other stuff. She usually likes mac and cheese so I don't know why she didn't try it. Anyway, she cried and kept yelling NO NO NO. She didn't even try anything We left her in the highchair with the food for about 3-5 minutes then tried to get her to eat small bites. She'd scream louder & if we tried putting it in her mouth she immediately spit it out. ERRRR!! I know she will always eat a cheese quesadilla, toast, cereal, pb&j, fruit and such but I am trying not to let her think that if she cries hard enough or yells NO loud enough that she will always get what she wants when eating. DH took her out of her highchair last night and we started eating our dinner. We kept offering Kynslee bites of our food but she'd look at it and say No, No. So, we left her whine for about 5 minutes then put her back in her highchair with her dinner again. The same thing happened. We finally gave in and made her some toast just to get her to eat something before going to bed. Anyone have a picky eater or have any suggestions? Do we just always give in and let her eat what she wants? We always at least put what we are eating on her plate to offer it to her, but after that do we give in? It's a frustrating battle and not fun to always make two meals every dinner.
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I would say to offer her one new thing at a time. It might be easier to get her to at least try it.
When she gets older you can instate the "one bite" rule. With my older 2, they have to have at least one bite of everything they are offered, and can't say they don't like it/want it until they've had the one bite. Sometimes they will end up eating the food, and other times no.
Remember that you need to have children try the food 10+ times before they might like it/eat it.
Mom to M (6), K (4), and little rose (18 months)
Keelan isn't very picky, but Daniel was/is. I don't sweat it and try to offer him something each meal that I know he'll eat. He has to try everything at least once, but if he doesn't like it, he doesn't like it.
Since our kids are so little, I would just keep offering things and make sure you offer her things during the day. Lots of kids this age are grazers anyway, eating a little bit here and there throughout the day.