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Posted 05 January 2010 - 07:13 PM

Been living it with Hayden since he started eating sad.gif sad.gif We are starting to get really concerned not just with the lack of variety but also the amount of food he is not eating. A good tip I was given was to hide grated veges in bolognese sauce, however my one won't even eat that!!!!! Plain pasta and rice only for my boy!!

I was actually going to post about this exact problem so will now look back over all the tips above and the sites you have found to see if it might help us as well so thank you so much for posting.

If it makes you feel better Hayden quite often would knock back chocolate as well. And chocy cake would have the icing eaten off it and the cake put in the bin laugh.gif
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Posted 07 January 2010 - 04:25 PM

Ryan goes through really fussy stages too and as a general rule if he doesnt eat dinner I dont offer anything else unless I know there is a reason for his rejection (like teeth are coming in)

I found it is really hit and miss - he LOVES bowtie pasta - calls it butterflies and eats it all up. I have resorted to pureed vege hidden in some meals like a cheesy pizza where the tomato base has steamed and pureed vege mixed into it! I read peeling the skin off vege such as eggplant and zuchinni can help with them eating the vege.

Ryan also loves Rice and will eat anything mixed into rice - so lots of stirfrys and he will even eat chunky vege pieces in this way.

I have to go and pick him up, but there are a few other tricks we have tried... I will get back on later and share.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 06:45 PM

QUOTE(~steph~ @ Jan 5 2010, 08:13 PM) View Post

Been living it with Hayden since he started eating sad.gif sad.gif We are starting to get really concerned not just with the lack of variety but also the amount of food he is not eating. A good tip I was given was to hide grated veges in bolognese sauce, however my one won't even eat that!!!!! Plain pasta and rice only for my boy!!

I was actually going to post about this exact problem so will now look back over all the tips above and the sites you have found to see if it might help us as well so thank you so much for posting.

If it makes you feel better Hayden quite often would knock back chocolate as well. And chocy cake would have the icing eaten off it and the cake put in the bin laugh.gif

Yup this is Hamish, so many meals you can hide some good vegies in...but Hamish would not eat them raw let alone with the additional stuff in them.

Spoke with a girlfriend yesterday and she said she stewed up some lentils and pureed them and will put a thin spread of them on sandwiches and hide them whereever possible. I am keen to get some lentils now a they are high in iron I believe.

Liz thanks for your tips too I think I could use a few of those for Hamish.

Tonight with dinner I tried to relax with it, gave him a plate with bread and butter avocado (I knew he would eat this and probaby the bread) and some gnocchi. First thing he tried was the gnocchi which I thought was a huge step, he didn't like it and put it back on his plate but at least he gave the new thing a go first. He only ended up eating the avocado but I just let that happen - its a super food apparenty so at least he ate quality. He also had the muffins I made today, yummy blueberry ones. So thinking I might keep making stuff at home with quality ingredients and getting what I can into him then looking at the week as a whole not just day by day.
Oh and I have not been able to get milo into him. not interested in the slightest and has now been rejecting milkshakes because he thinks they will taste like the milo. *sigh* real shame as smoothies were something I could give him with lots of good stuff in them, I will have to work on that now!

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 07:20 PM

Good on Hamish for at least trying the gnocchi!!!

See our biggest issue is that he WILL not try new things, even if Daddy is eating it and he is a real Daddy's boy!!! If we put something on his plate he doesn't like or want he simply takes it off his plate and gets very upset if we put it back dry.gif

In the past I have resorted to getting recipes and even leftovers from Daycare of the meals he seems to like, but do you think he would eat it at home??? Nope rolleyes.gif He does eat the 'chicken and rice' which is basically Teriyaki Chicken and rice, however will insist on having the carrot and capsicum taken out before he will touch it.

Our only saving grace is that he will eat just about any fruit however we have realised recently that he has been filling up on fruit during the day and it has been actually reducing the amount he will eat at meal times. So in the last couple of days we have started having very strict meal times and using fruit as his reward for eating his meal!!! Touch wood it has worked for the last 2 days, although it is a lot of hard work trying to distract him when he decides he is hungry and normally he would be able to go to the fridge and get a peach or something out! And we are going in baby steps and only making one sandwich for lunch then he can have some fruit rather than the 2 he really needs to keep him going all arvo.

I know the fruit eating is really good, however despite what my MIL says he can't live on fruit, he does need to eat other things too!!!

I am interested in the smoothies you used to make and what you would put in them as he does love his chocolate milkshakes.

Because his eating is so bad we have resorted to pentavite vitamins with the extra iron in it so we aren't quite as frantic about his lack of intake.
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Posted 07 January 2010 - 08:18 PM

Hope that some of these suggestions work for you Heather!!! Em is not fussy with her food, but she refused to feed herself!! If I don't "feed" her she will just not eat at all. For days. At this point its easier for me to just darn well feed her...
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Posted 07 January 2010 - 09:16 PM

hope it all goes well Heather!

Taylor at first refused her tuna mornay with rice tonight, saying she wanted pasta.
But then I told her it was just like tuna pie and she devoured it after that! laugh.gif

I resort to anything to get her to eat dinner...............ie saying it's a Wiggles characters favourite food etc biggrin.gif whatever works I say!

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 07:13 AM

QUOTE(¤Amy¤ @ Jan 7 2010, 10:16 PM) View Post

hope it all goes well Heather!

Taylor at first refused her tuna mornay with rice tonight, saying she wanted pasta.
But then I told her it was just like tuna pie and she devoured it after that! laugh.gif

I resort to anything to get her to eat dinner...............ie saying it's a Wiggles characters favourite food etc biggrin.gif whatever works I say!

I absolutely agree, anything that works! It's white lies afterall! smile.gif

Steph in the smoothies I used to put a tonne of fruit, yoghurt, honey and sometimes the odd bit of sustagen ph34r.gif (got that as an idea from my sister who is recovering from an eating disorder, part of her meal plan includes sustagen so it must be good). Hamish will only eat blueberries, banana, pear and grapes...on a good day. So if I can make a smoothie with a berry mix, mango and banana and he will drink a god 600ml of it then I call that success! But you can puree up lots of goodies and add it to a milkshake or juice mix.

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 06:04 PM

I am shocked and stunned. 3 nights in a row Taylor has had a full meal for dinner! ohmy.gif

what worked tonight..........I gave her mash potato and a sausage. Not a fan of shop bought sausages, though Woolies do a preservative free one now. But Taylor seems to love sausages............IF SHE HAS SOMETHING TO DIP IT IN! (normally she has sausages that Daddy has homemade from scratch) Don't like to give her tomato sauce, but I will let her have pear puree (baby food tins) for dipping. And I mixed some pear puree through her potato and she gobbled it all up bar one spoonful and didn't leave any sausage.



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Posted 08 January 2010 - 07:06 PM

Amazing Amy! How great is that, don't you just smile to yourself when things work like that!

Amazingly, Hamish ate dinner tonight! And what a dinner. So he had a smoothie at about 3.45 at my mums. Then we headed home. He said he was hungry then but I managed to keep him busy and then daddy got home. So at 5.30 I gve him some macaroni pasta with grated cheese on top, some mashed potato with mashed sweet potato and some peas. He shovled the pasta in it was hilarious to watch and had a fair bit. I would walk past as I was preparing our dinner and would say 'wow you should try the potato'. He kind of tried it but left it. I just didn't comment any further. Then about 30 mins later (I had left it all out on the table) he came and sat on my lap whilst I ate my dinner and he asked for his. He promptly ate all the mashed vegies and asked for more!!! He then had more pasta mashed potato and peas. O M G! I think it is enough for a week worth of vegies. I am just so stoked that he ate it all. It really taught me to relax about it and keep up the offering a smorgasboard so that he is in control!

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 08:12 PM

On the milo thing - I put hot water in it to melt it down and tell Emma it's a baby cino and she drinks it.

My HN also told me its normal for toddlers to be this way and they will eat when they are hungry so rather than trying breaky, lunch and dinner, just do frequent snacks with variety during the day and plenty of water and they will be fine.
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 09:33 AM

I'm not an expert but seem to have seen/heard/read quite alot about fussy eaters despite the fact that mine aren't!

I'm amazed at the things my kids eat and equally amazed at the things they don't! So we try pretty much everything, even spicy things providing they aren't too hot. We had moroccan spiced mince and eggplant the other night and they both gobbled it up. But serve up a nice cheesy omelette and Penny won't touch it! Abi loves tomatoes, Penny hates it. Penny loves meat, Abi not so much.

I did hear some interesting advice on the radio ages ago that I stored away just in case. Basically the lady said encourage them to handle the food, smell it, lick it etc. So put it on the plate and say "what does it feel like? Is it smooth? Rough? Hot? Cold?" etc. Then the same with smell. And then taste.

We are at the stage where if the girls don't eat it, that's it. No extra yoghurt, no extra milk. But... mine usually eat at least one substantial meal a day.

i have heard that it's quite common for kids to drink milk to the detriment of their appetite. It fills them up. Another tactic I have heard if they are screaming for milk is to water it down to make it less palatable and also less filling.

From what I've read, very low iron can cause a lack of appetite but it's really something that should be checked out by a GP as too much iron can also cause problems.

Good luck with it all!



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Posted 21 January 2010 - 08:38 AM

Just wanted to let you know that limiting Hayden's snacks and being really strict about mealtimes has done wonders, we now get 1/2 to 3/4 the way through the meal before having to remind him to eat biggrin.gif We know it works as it fell apart a bit on the first weekend as Daddy wasn't as strict and we ended up with nightmare dinner times, so he is now converted too!

Now to work on the variety... mind you he won't even look at most new things but actually wanted to try raw onion last night, hmm that didn't go down so well laugh.gif
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 10:02 AM

Although it's not good that your children are fussy too, I'm glad that Henry isn't the only one! He is great at breakfast and lunch, but dinner is the problem. We try to give him what we eat (but modified slightly if need be) and he has been slightly better lately. He seems to enjoy feeding himself and now he's better with a spoon and fork he has been eating more successfully.

I've also tried hiding things in other meals, but like you guys said, if he doesn't eat them it doesn't do any good!

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 08:20 PM

Reading all this is all so familiar to us. Oscar has never hit it off with the whole solid food thing
sad.gif He was BF til 14months solids started at 4months but by 6months it was a disaster. We have tried everything we can think of but have had no luck with encouraging him to eat.

When i stopped BFing we thought great things will pick up but they didnt and he was also refusing any milk so it wasnt a case of fillng up on milk. It took me 5months to get him to the point where he would drink 1/4 -1/2 a bottle of chocolate milk (wouldnt taste plain) and has slowly improved to now he will have 1-2 bottles/cups on a good day and at times will have plain milk without chocolate. He will only have it with choc topping - not quick, drinking choc. or milo.

Food wise he refuses all fruit n veg now sad.gif He would eat puree pumpkin n sweetcorn and 2 other types (store bought only sad.gif ) and different lots of the fruit but in the last 6months has refused the fruit n the last 3-4months refused the veg. He is offered everything yet wont even taste most things. Im happy for him to decide he doesnt like something if he would at least taste it bt nope i cant get most things to his mouth.

He will eat rice. toast / sandwich with only vegemite on it. Vita wheat / coco pops / special K / cheerios. Hot chips. Chick nuggets. sometimes i can trick him into thinking a fish finger is a nugget lol. He will eat chocolates and an assortment of chip/bikkies wont eat cakes/slices.

Of the things he will eat i can hide veg in the rice but most the time he will pick it out sad.gif

Im now getting quiet nervous about starting Xander on solids as i dont think i could go through all this with him as well.

So many people comment of Oscars size and food intake but there is nothing more we can thnk of to try. His happy appears healthy and is meeting milestones so our nurse isnt concerned but its the constant battles over food and comments from others that really get me down on a weekly basis.
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 08:34 AM

QUOTE(sis @ Feb 5 2010, 08:20 PM) View Post

Im now getting quiet nervous about starting Xander on solids as i dont think i could go through all this with him as well.


To be honest I was petrified and really dreading starting Adam on solids, Hayden was not good from the very first mouthful, or should I say lack of mouthful. It took us till 8 months to get ANYTHING into his mouth sad.gif While friends who had babies the same age were moving onto chunckier food etc we were still trying to get a spoonful of puree into his mouth!!!!

However, and this is the point to my post, Adam is an amazing eater!!!! He devours a bowl of lasagne at daycare while Hayden won't touch it!! I am actually starting to enjoy cooking food for Adam as he will usually at least give it a try. The advantage to this is that Hayden is also then getting offered everything I cook up for Adam and he actually ate piklets the other day after out right refusing them for years! So there is hope, and hopefully an advantage to the second one starting solids.

Our big achievement for this week is that Hayden actually tried to eat a piece of red meat the other day!!!!! Ok so he had to try the steak the one time I got hubby to buy the steak and he bought an el cheapo cut that was really chewy so he ended up spitting it out, but at least he tried!!!!!


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