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PumpkinMama

Someone beat me to the punch. I was ready to email with the exact same ? on my 2.5 year old. I guess I've got a while to wait for him to be interested in anything but chicken nuggets, cheese and fruit cups. Sigh. That said, any recommendations for a good vitamin that doesn't have a lot of junk/sugar in it?

Moxie

We use Source of Life Animal Parade vitamins from the health food store. They have sugar, but no artificial colors or flavors, and one of the listed ingredients is broccoli, so there's that.

Linda

Everyone who relates to this question needs to read this blog entry by Finslippy:

http://finslippy.typepad.com/finslippy/2006/01/speaking_of_ban.html

We're not alone.

SheilaC

Yeah, our triplets were very like this at age 3. A very limited food repertoire. And there were almost NO foods that all 3 would agree on, of course. For a long time our son would not eat cheese of any kind, and no meat except chicken nuggets. Two kids ate chicken nuggets, but one was "no way". Two ate meatballs, one was "no way". Two ate mac and cheese, one was "no way". And so on and on.

Nobody liked spaghetti, or any type of casserole with foods all mixed up together. Foods only one child would eat didn't get offered much, it just wasn't worth the hassle. Breakfasts, lunches and especially suppers required at least 2 different foods to be offered, and probably another "real" food for the adults to eat.

It was a huge breakthrough when I convinced the 3 year olds that if you put your old favourite pieces of bread and butter together with your old favourite slice of processed cheese slice, it could be a sandwich! (Thanks to Fred Penner for the "Sandwiches are Beautiful, Sandwiches are fine" song!) But for another year, the only sandwich anyone would eat was processed cheese. Ugh!

We relied on vitamins, and the occasional tales of other picky kids who ate nothing but Kraft dinner and cheerios for a year.

It's a very annoying stage, but it does, very gradually, get better!

Best wishes,
from a mom to 5 1/2 year old triplets
- We can share family meals now, from a 2 week menu of things everyone will eat!

Tara

Oh, so it is not just me? My 3 year old eats

Pizza, chicken nuggets, lo mein (go figure),ziti, grapes bananas, mandarin oranges, cheerios, yogurt,

Drinks only water or seltzer.

Will eat a carrot but for some reason ALWAYs gags on it!

I love this web site.

Tammy

Thanks so much for the advice on this. I thought about the peer pressure thing but didn't know exactly how to go about doing it. I may have to resort to using the neighbors kid. Thanks again and I'll keep coming back for more advice.

Shelley

The only thing that seems to help with my 2 y.o. daughter is that I have stopped broadcasting that I care what she eats. The less I push something the more likely she is to try it. So I offer whatever it is I want her to eat, cheerfully and noncommitally, and sometimes she samples it and sometimes no. But since we've started this I-don't-care routine she's tried lentils, cooked carrots, tomatoes and a bunch of other things. I almost fall off my chair, and then busily work on hiding how pleased I am. Bottom line: if I make this into a power struggle she's gonna win. So I've removed the struggle aspect, and it's better.

Shelley

The only thing that seems to help with my 2 y.o. daughter is that I have stopped broadcasting that I care what she eats. The less I push something the more likely she is to try it. So I offer whatever it is I want her to eat, cheerfully and noncommitally, and sometimes she samples it and sometimes no. But since we've started this I-don't-care routine she's tried lentils, cooked carrots, tomatoes and a bunch of other things. I almost fall off my chair, and then busily work on hiding how pleased I am. Bottom line: if I make this into a power struggle she's gonna win. So I've removed the struggle aspect, and it's better.

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