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Fussy eater - one year old

Postby caz22 » Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:10 pm

Hello all! Even a year down the line still gobsmacked that I'm writing on this side....hello to anyone who remembers me!

Would love any tips - my one year old girl is seriously fussy...I have tried so many of Annabel Karmels recipes (pureed and not) , sHe hates them and is now at the stage where she won't even put the stuff in her mouth. I'm really trying not to get stressed - but its quite FRUSTATING!!
She will eat....bread, cheese and fruit (berries grapes banana) AND very insultingly seems to eat Heinz jars!! (Not always though)
Has anyone else had this problem? Should I just give up and give her jars - am worried that its not as good for her, even though i buy the organic stuff.

She hasn't got any teeth yet (is that a bit weird at one?!), am wondering if that might have something to do with it -

really grateful for any shared wisdom!

TAke care all
Cazxx

ps (am just about to start an FET cycle and am on "other side" as well , just fyi!)
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Postby DebraP » Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:27 pm

Hi Caz, I have a fussy DD too. Wouldn't change her for the world etc. but still, it's very frustrating. She's 2.5 now and I'm learning to roll with the punches. I always try her with whatever I've planned. Tonight for example baked chips, peas and a spinach, mushroom and cheese omelette. She ate a couple of the former, a spoonful or two of the middle and one mouthful of the latter then gagged and got down from the table.

I've never done the 'go to bed with no dinner thing' so later gave her grapes, dates, cucumber, a little cheddar and brown bread with philadelphia and marmite + a large cup of milk. What I've learned is you can't force them to eat or like anything. You can offer it, show them you're eating it, try to persuade them to do the same but bottom line, if they don't want to, they don't want to. Some people would say, toddlers will never starve themselves and others that a night or two of going hungry will help her focus but as I said, I don't do that myself.

If your DD is eating the things you mentioned, plus drinking plenty of milk, provided she has a jar two now and again, I'd say she's fine. She might have sore gums and that affect her appetite but maybe she's just a fussy eater!

Good luck with the food and the FET.
Debra
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Postby Juliana » Fri Jan 27, 2006 1:13 pm

Hi Caz, Debra,
Funny I used to think my twins were the easiest eaters in the world, they ate like a dream all the veggies I offered, plus meat, fish, bread, pasta and so on. Until a month ago. At the start of this year, at about 14 to 15 months, they just switched - so abruptly that my babysitter asked me where the good eaters are! Now they throw food, take a spoon and spit it out and take a couple of spoonfuls at a meal after which the food is used for anything but eating ( for example chopping it with their own spoon/plasticfork is a favourite). So now I have two fussy eaters. However, all the books I've read say this is normal and their appetite is much less after a year old . Still, tell me about frustrating! I spent time making the healthiet possible recepies, also using the karmel book and any other inspiration I can find and then they eat a spoonful and that's it. But I remembered Debra's advice on this site some time ago and offer them many different things and this helps. As in: spinach and eggs at dinner (2 spoons), some tuna fish (3 bites :) ), mandarines, dates, bread, pasta from our dinner. How tired one gets trying to think of new thinsg to give them is another matter. and when I despair i give them pasta with tomato sauce which is more or less always eaten. I tried some jars but they don't like them. but if your daughter does I guess they can do no harm alternating with some fruit which she eats. good luck, I was sort of relieved to find your posting as mine have eaten especially badly today and I felt really frustrated ...
love,
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Postby caz22 » Thu Feb 02, 2006 10:08 pm

thanks so much for replying - feel better knowing that its not just me!!

might chuck my annabel karmel book out, not sure I can take anymore home made recipes being rejected!
Cazx
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Postby DebraP » Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:18 am

Caz, it does help to know we're not alone doesn't it?

I've more or less stopped making huge effort with homemade food only to see it blankly refused - although there was a lovely time when she wolfed down red lentil curry etc. She often won't even take a taste. I still do the thing that Juliana referred to and put a plate of a wide assortment of small amounts. I don't decorate the plate but I do think about colour and try to make it look interesting. Right now (she's 2.5), I might put out: olives, cubes of cheese, a spoon of cottage cheese, a slither of salmon (cheap as chips here in Norway), a bread stick, bread with philly + marmite (maybe cut with a pastry cutter into a fun shape), cucumber circles, sliced apple, dates etc. I've had this daft thing in my head since she was born that if I don't give her enough to eat for dinner, she'll wake in the night. Tends to make me a bit too anxious that she eats dinner I suspect.

Hope all our progegny are eating well...
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