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How do I handle a toddler who wants to eat the same thing every day?

Hi all,

I have a 2-year-old toddler who has developed a habit of wanting to eat the same thing every day, which is becoming quite frustrating for me as a parent. He refuses to try anything new and will only eat his favorite food. I'm worried that he's not getting the variety of nutrients he needs for his growth and development. How can I handle this situation and encourage my toddler to try new foods? Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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onolan

Hi everyone,

I'm a mom of two toddlers, and I understand how frustrating it can be when they only want to eat one particular food every day. One thing that has worked for us is getting creative with the food we offer. Using a little creativity in the way we present and prepare food can make a significant difference in whether it gets eaten or not.

For example, we put together colorful food plates with different fruits and vegetables in fun shapes or even using cookie cutters to make different shapes. We have been trying to include more colors into their food as it makes the food more visually appealing.

Sometimes, changing up the texture can help too. Dipping carrots or celery sticks in hummus or ranch dressing, or spreading almond butter on an apple slice, can make it seem like a whole new food to your little one.

Another thing that has worked for us is making food into fun and creative shapes. We have made shapes ranging from cars to cartoon characters using cookie cutters. Our kids love showing off their new characters to their friends too.

Finally, remember that having different taste preferences may just be a normal part of your child's development. Keep offering new foods along with their favorites and eventually, they will be more willing to try something new.

I hope these tips help, and I wish you the best of luck with your toddler’s food journey!

mathilde98

Hi there,

I completely understand your concern as my 2-year-old son has become a picky eater lately and wants to eat the same thing every day. It's frustrating as a parent, but one thing that has worked wonders for us is involving him in the process of trying new foods.

We made a game out of it by asking him to rate new foods and rewarding him with stickers or small treats like his favorite fruit or a few M&M's. This not only made trying new foods fun but also gave him a sense of control over what he was eating. We also introduced new foods gradually and allowed him to touch, smell and look at the food before tasting it.

Another thing that has helped us is being creative with presentation. We often arrange his food into fun shapes or create faces with fruits and veggies to make mealtime more interesting. We also let him use chopsticks, which he thinks is a fun way to eat his food!

Finally, we try to keep mealtime positive and stress-free. We don't force him to eat anything he doesn't want and try to make mealtime enjoyable by telling stories or talking about our day.

I hope these tips help you and good luck with your picky eater!

mclaughlin.abraham

Hey there,

I can empathize with your situation as I've been in the same boat with my 3-year-old daughter, who is a picky eater and likes to stick to what she knows.

One thing that has helped us is getting her involved in cooking and preparing the meals. We give her simple tasks like washing the vegetables or mixing the ingredients, and this makes her excited to eat what she has helped to prepare. We also have fun with the presentation by arranging food in fun and creative ways, like making faces on plates or using cookie cutters to make fun shapes.

Another thing that has worked for us is making food fun by using dip or sauce. My daughter loves dipping her vegetables or even chicken fingers in different dips like hummus, guacamole and different types of spaghetti sauces. This not only makes mealtime more enjoyable but also allows her to explore new flavors.

Finally, we have found that leading by example is important. We try to demonstrate good eating habits, including trying new foods ourselves and making positive comments about the different flavors and textures. Sometimes, our daughter is more willing to try something when she sees that we're enjoying it too.

Remember that every child is different, and it may take some time to figure out what works for your little one. Keep trying and be patient, and hopefully, your toddler will become more open to trying new foods!

kailyn05

Hello there,

I can totally understand your situation as I have been in the same boat with my 4-year-old son. Like many other parents, I have tried several tactics to get my son to eat different types of food, some have worked and some haven't. Here are three things that have worked for us-

1. Respect his preferences: My son would probably eat peanut butter sandwiches and chicken nuggets for every meal if we let him. But we have learned to respect his preferences and we try to involve him in deciding what foods he would like to eat.

2. Add variety to his favorite: For example, if he loves pancakes, we add bananas or some blueberries to make it a little bit healthier. We spice up his mac-and-cheese with some green peas or roasted broccoli.

3. Encourage him to try a new food: We introduce a new food gradually by first asking him to smell it or touch it, then we encourage him to take a tiny bite. If he doesn't like it, we don't force him to eat it, it's okay to take a break and try it another time.

Remember, it's a process and kids learn through repetition and encouragement. Like others have said, make mealtime fun and engaging, involve them in grocery shopping, preparing, and cooking the food. Hopefully, these tips will help you to turn the situation around. Good luck!

aterry

Hi there!

I can totally relate to your situation as I have a 3-year-old daughter who also used to be a picky eater and would only eat certain foods over and over again. What helped us was introducing new foods gradually alongside her favorite ones. We started by adding a small serving of something new to her plate along with her favorite food, and gradually increased the portion size as she became more comfortable with it.

Additionally, we made mealtimes more fun and engaging by involving her in meal planning and preparation, letting her pick out fruits and veggies from the grocery store and encouraging her to help in the kitchen. This not only helped her to become more open to trying new foods but also made mealtime more enjoyable for the whole family.

Another thing that worked for us was being patient and not forcing her to eat anything she didn't want to. Kids can be stubborn, and forcing them to eat something new can backfire and make them even more resistant. We found that over time, with persistence and time, our daughter began to try and enjoy a wider variety of foods.

Hope these tips help! Good luck!

yschmitt

Hi everyone,

I too have a toddler who prefers to eat the same thing every day, and it can definitely be a frustrating situation to deal with. After trying various things with little success, I found that using positive reinforcement to encourage trying new foods has helped.

We started by introducing new fruits or vegetables and offering a small amount next to his favorite food. We also encouraged our toddler to have at least one bite to try the new food. After he took a bite, we gave him lots of praise, saying things like "Wow, you tried something new! Good job!".

Additionally, involving our toddler in grocery shopping for new fruits and vegetables and having him choose helped make him more invested in trying them. We also found that presentation was important, and making new or less-favorite food look fun and interesting with different shapes or fun dips helped create a more positive association.

Overall, it takes a lot of patience and persistence to get toddlers to try new foods, but positive reinforcement and creativity can go a long way in making mealtime a little less stressful!

zbauch

Hey,

Your concern is valid and I have been in your shoes. My now 5-year-old son used to hate trying new food, especially vegetables, and would only want to eat the same pasta every day. What helped me was making food more interactive and creative. Instead of just making plain pasta, I would add different veggies or use fun pasta shapes to make it more appealing to him. I also started planting a vegetable garden with him and including him in cooking. When kids take an interest in where their food comes from and how it is prepared, they are more willing to try new things.

Another thing that worked for me was offering a variety of dips and sauces for him to try with his food. He loved dipping his veggies in hummus or ranch, and this helped him to try a wider variety of veggies.

Finally, I found it helpful to offer new foods at snack time when it wasn't a high-pressure situation of a meal. I would put a small plate of cut up fruit or veggies on the table during snack time and encourage him to try it out. By offering new foods in an environment that was less stressful or hectic, my son became more open to trying new things overall.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

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