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Picky eater

My son is almost 14 months and a very picky eater. He eats fruit, cereal, yogurt, crackers, and cucumber. Occasionally some pasta. He absolutely refuses meat of any kind. Any suggestions on how to get him to try more foods? He hates being hand-fed; he wants to do everything independently. I can’t even trick him by hiding a new food amongst the preferred. He finds it and picks it out. Then hands it back to me or throws it on the floor.

  • Pad
    Nov 30

    Have you considered smoothies? You could introduce more veggies that way

  • Dai
    Nov 30

    Grate carrots and cook it with ground beef and mix it with past since you mentioned he likes pasta. It taste really good and everyone can enjoy it

  • Alicia
    Nov 30

    I got my daughter these toddler utensils called grabese and she has been doing well feeding herself and eating more since she doesn’t get messy doing it herself and won’t let me help her either

  • Rawana
    Nov 30

    I remember it was so hard to feed my daughter. She was extremely picky so, I started taking her to feeding therapy and boy that changed my life. If you're struggling feeding him. I highly recommend feeding therapy.

  • Brittany
    Nov 30

    They make pasta made with veggies. Try those!!

  • Victoria
    Nov 30

    My son acts the same way, buy i realized he doesent like sweets lately he prefer eggs or, rice, beens, soup,pasta.. and green smoothies with spinach, mango, apple cellery are his favorite

  • Michaela
    Nov 30

    It will get better as he gets older. This is a picky eating stage for most kids.

  • Patrick
    Nov 30

    My 2 year old was diagnosed ASD. He eats well but veggies are the hardest. He loves salad like romaine and iceberg. Of course now with all the listeria. It’s like now what. So I get those Steamables veggie pasta. my son loves the lentil kind. Also maybe try making purée. Like cauliflower Mac and cheese. Hope you can find something that works!

  • Marisa
    Nov 30

    Sounds a lot like my daughter. Luckily she will eat past w/ meat sauce. Sometimes she’ll eat chicken nuggets like they’re going out of style. Other times she refuses foods she normally loves. Just keep trying. We try not to avoid giving her foods we know she refuses last time.

  • Cammy
    Nov 30

    I am a speech therapist and specialize in pediatric feeding. I won't try to make specific recommendations here since I haven't actually seen your child, but as a general rule, I usually tell parents to seek a feeding evaluation if the picky eating is effecting growth/nutrition and or social functioning. Pickiness is most often just a typical stage of growing up, but it can also be indicative of something else going on, like a sensory processing disorder or decreased oral motor skills.

  • Julie
    Nov 30

    Have you tried super softened meats?? My daughter refuses meat unless it’s slow cooked and shredded. Then she eats some. But other than that I say to just keep trying and offering whatever you’re eating and he should eventually start liking to eat food. Also, if possible maybe start having lunchtime play dates with other kids close in age. My daughter eats so much better at daycare than she does at home and my pediatrician told me that’s very common, that even at this age they feel a baby equivalent of peer pressure and want to eat more because their friends are eating.

  • Skye
    Nov 30

    You can try beans in place of meat for now. Will he eat tuna or eggs?

  • Anonymous
    Nov 30

    My son is also like this. He eats cherrios (any kind), peanutbutter cackers, otmeal and apple sauce everyday Bc that’s what he want. Sometimes I can get him to eat chicken nuggets or carrots and pees. Or even corn and Mac and cheese. But sometimes he don’t want to try it Bc he thinks it’s something new even though he had it before.