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Fussy eater

Posted by sister_savage on 2008.07.07 at 15:12
Aside from the occasional fluke, just recently Molls has been refusing to eat anything except yoghurt, milk chocolate buttons, toast (mainly for the butter), chips and crisps.

Anyone else have similar problems? I'm mainly worried about her protein intake...oh and the high amounts of sugar and salt she's consuming...


phbaby1 at 2008-07-07 16:05 (UTC) (Link)
My daughter constantly asks for "banana cool pop" so I can only imagine what my mother-in-law feeds her during the day when she's watching her. Fortunately, my daughter isn't that picky of an eater yet, but you might want to try peanut butter or peanut butter crackers. Have her scoop it out with a spoon to make it more fun.
~ Tiggy Savage ~
sister_savage at 2008-07-07 17:15 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the tip - will give it a go. :-)
frogsmom at 2008-07-07 19:33 (UTC) (Link)
i second the peanut butter suggestion- just be very careful with how much- kids under 2 can choke on it if they get too much.
toddlers metabolism does not work the same as an adult- and they need way less calories than we think they do.
they are hard-wired to take in just what they need and nothing more.
as far as nutrition- from what i have read, even the pickiest (mine being one of them for sure!) get a pretty balanced diet, provided that it is offered.
a toddler's nutritional intake is not day to day, but week to week. meaning they get all of what they need over the course of the week, not the day.
if you looked at her whole week i bet it would seem more balanced.
i also read something that really helped me keep my perspective- the gist of it is that it is up to you to offer healthy, well-balanced meals, and it's up to the child to eat them. your job ends at the place setting, theirs starts with the silverware.
of course, with this comes the responsibility of setting an example and not offering crap.
but i have found the more that i have relaxed and let go of macey's eating, the better she does.
food jags are normal, and no reason to fight them.
~ Tiggy Savage ~
sister_savage at 2008-07-08 06:33 (UTC) (Link)
Is this just like regular peanut butter?
frogsmom at 2008-07-08 10:59 (UTC) (Link)
? creamy variety of course would be the only kind safe for a toddler.
is that what you mean?
~ Tiggy Savage ~
sister_savage at 2008-07-08 11:07 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I wondered if there was a specific baby-safe variety. I think we only get the regular lumpy stuff over here, but I guess I could blend it.
frogsmom at 2008-07-08 11:37 (UTC) (Link)
i read in a baby food book to mix it with some milk. (macey didn't like it that way tho')
and i personally really, really enjoy a homemade PB milkshake, maybe she'd like that.
frogsmom at 2008-07-08 11:39 (UTC) (Link)
oh- and language barrier- by chips, you are saying fries right?
we have sweet potato fries here that i bake for macey- and she eats them like candy.
crayonbeam at 2008-07-08 00:56 (UTC) (Link)
My son is a cookie-aterian. He'll eat yogurt too. For the nanny, he will eat ANYTHING, but for me, almost nothing.

I'm withholding peanut butter as long as I can due to nut allergies in my family, but I so want to give it to him so that he'll at least get some protein.

I hope he doesn't grown up scrawny and short just because I can't get him to eat.
mayavada at 2008-07-08 03:46 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I ate everything I could get my hands on growing up and I still wound up scrawny and short ;)
~ Tiggy Savage ~
sister_savage at 2008-07-08 06:34 (UTC) (Link)

You'll hate me for saying this, but...

Petite and adorable, I think.
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