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Is it okay for my toddler to eat the same foods every day, or should I be offering more variety?

Hi everybody,

I am a first-time mom to a 2-year-old toddler who is a somewhat picky eater. Generally, he likes to eat the same set of foods every day such as chicken nuggets, pasta, and cheese sticks. I am starting to feel guilty that I am not offering him a more diverse range of foods, but I am not sure if that is necessary or if it's okay for him to eat the same types of foods every day. I am looking for any insights, tips or advice from experienced parents out there who may have had similar experiences with their picky eaters. Should I be trying to introduce him to new foods or just let him eat what he likes? Any help or advice would be much appreciated. Thank you so much!

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fzieme

Hey everyone,

As a mother of a now 8-year-old daughter who was also a picky eater, I can say that it's okay for your toddler to eat the same foods daily. When my daughter was younger, she only ate chicken nuggets and fish fingers, and it was a constant worry for me. But she eventually grew out of it on her own.

One thing that I did that helped was offering her healthy choices. I would give her a choice between veggies; for instance, instead of carrots, I would give her broccoli or sweet potato. For fruit, instead of apple, she could have berries or exotic fruits.

Also, I tried to introduce food in different ways, like incorporating veggies into her favorite pasta sauce, or hiding it inside a wrap. If your toddler likes cheese sticks; you can try incorporating some veggies in the cheese stick making process. Initially, it might be hard, but finding creative ways to introduce new foods can be rewarding in the end.

Lastly, it's important to have patience and not to stress too much about it. As long as you are offering healthy options, and your child is growing and developing correctly, there isn't much to worry about.

Hope this helps!

braulio54

Hello everyone,

I am a mother of two, and my youngest is a 3.5-year-old girl who is a picky eater. Initially, I thought it was just a phase, but months went by, and she was still eating the same limited selection of foods. It started to worry me, and I was concerned that she was not getting all the necessary nutrients that she needed for growth and development.

What worked for us was introducing a new food to her every week. For example, we would make something new over the weekend and let her approach the food on her terms. I'd let her use her senses to explore the food by touching it, smelling it, and eventually tasting it. We made the experience fun and would even talk about what the "new" food looked like, its texture and taste.

Another thing that has been a useful tool for us was making food more visually appealing. For example, we used cookie cutters to shape sandwiches, used colorful plates for mealtime, and added some fun decorations to the plate using fruits or vegetables. This approach had worked well in our household, and we have seen a notable difference in our daughter's willingness to try new foods.

In conclusion, every child is unique, and it's up to parents to get creative and find what works best for their toddler. Offering variety and healthy options every day is vital, but incorporating fun and making mealtimes a positive experience can go a long way in developing your toddler's taste palate.

flo71

Hello everyone,

I find this thread to be relatable because my 4-year-old daughter is also a picky eater. In my personal experience, I have found that making the same food in different ways sometimes works. For instance, if your toddler loves chicken nuggets, you could try baking them using different coatings like breadcrumbs, oats, or coconut. You could also try cutting the meat into various shapes, and this sometimes showcases new tastes, and it becomes a fun experience for the toddler.

Another thing that worked well for me was introducing new foods in small amounts, initially as a side dish to familiar foods on the plate. I would also tell her about the benefits of different vegetables like spinach, and I found that educative talks about food go a long way in making children more interested in trying new foods. Lastly, be patient, and don't force your toddler to eat anything they don't want to. Continue offering them healthy options every day and be positive about food always.

Remember every child is different, and what works for one may not work for the other. Keep trying and experiment whenever you can.

Hope that helps.

joesph92

Hi there,

As a mom to a 3-year-old picky eater, my advice would be to keep offering different foods and textures, but also recognizing that it's okay for toddlers to eat the same foods every day. My son also likes to eat the same things over and over again, but I try to introduce new foods alongside the familiar ones. Sometimes it takes multiple tries before he'll accept a new food, and I try not to take it personally if he rejects it. I also like to involve him in the meal planning and preparation process, which makes him more excited to try new foods. Ultimately, as long as your toddler is getting a variety of nutrients and is happy and healthy, don't stress too much about the limited food options. Every child is different and has their own preferences. Good luck!

kennith55

Hey there,

I am the mother of a 6-year-old toddler who was also a picky eater when she was younger. Like some of the other responses on this thread, I would recommend introducing different types of food slowly and in a fun way. Another tip that's worked for me is involving my daughter in meal prep - I let her help with washing veggies, mixing ingredients and she gets to choose what to make for dinner. This way, she feels like she has some control over what she eats, and it's exciting for her to eat what she's helped make.

Another thing that worked for me was introducing new foods when we were out at a restaurant. We would order a side dish of whatever vegetable we wanted to introduce and let our daughter try it out before ordering more. This kept the pressure off, and she was more likely to try things in a restaurant setting compared to mealtimes at home where she was more comfortable surrounded by her go-to foods.

Ultimately, I would say that introducing variety is important, but the most important thing is that you provide a well-balanced diet for your toddler. If that means they eat the same foods every day, it's okay just as long as they are getting the nutrients they need to grow and develop healthily.

Hope this helps you out!

cristina63

Hey everyone,

As a father to a 4-year-old who happens to be a picky eater, I can relate to this topic. While it's essential to introduce new foods, I have found that it's equally important to let your toddler be 'in charge' of what they eat to a certain extent. By this, I mean allowing them to choose what to eat from the options available, even if they choose not to eat anything at all.

On occasion, when my daughter refused to eat her meal, we would let her help herself to a healthy snack or a fruit in case she needed something to keep her going. It's important to strike a balance between introducing new foods and keeping your toddler happy and comfortable. So, incorporating familiar foods and letting your child have some control over what they eat can do wonders.

Lastly, exposure to new foods is vital as it helps develop their taste buds and improves their palate. Don't give up on giving various foods, but don't make it a cause for conflict either. After all, a toddler's eating habits are largely an exploration journey, and they will continue to mature and develop over time.

Hope this has been helpful.

damore.vilma

Hi,

I completely agree with User 1 that every child is different and has their own preferences. Both of my kids were picky eaters at some point, and what worked for one didn't work for the other. With my eldest, she would only eat a few types of foods and was extremely hesitant to try anything new. I talked to my pediatrician, and she recommended mixing new foods with the familiar ones that my daughter was comfortable eating. Eventually, she started to recognize and enjoy the new foods, and now she's in a much better place when it comes to trying new things.

With my younger child, it was a different story; she would try almost anything as long as it was cut into a fun shape or presented in an attractive manner. So, what I am trying to explain is, it's all about experimentation to find what works best. It's essential to make eating a fun and enjoyable experience for your little ones, which includes baking or cooking with them, decorating or arranging food into fun shapes or figures, setting up themed dinner or lunch, and including them in grocery shopping or gardening activities.

In conclusion, a balanced diet is crucial, and healthy eating habits need to be fostered early, but there really isn't anything wrong with your toddler eating the same foods daily if they're receiving a balanced diet. The important thing is to keep trying, having fun, and not giving up.

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