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ClarabelleCowFan
09-16-2008, 11:22 PM
DS is almost 16 months old and I am just at a loss of things to feed him at home. He has gotten quite picky lately!

He doesn't have his back teeth yet (molars are just now starting to come in) so he can't chew anything too hard. He doesn't like any of the Gerber Graduate meals for Toddlers that we have tried.

The only fruits he will eat are grapes, bananas and watermelon but he loves the baby food peaches and pears. He loves string cheese and mac & cheese but isn't really a fan of any other pasta.

He will eat cooked carrots and sometimes he will eat blackeyed peas or green beans. He loves mashed and baked potatoes.

Need some ideas on more easy to fix foods for him that he can chew. Any suggestions??

Syrreal
09-16-2008, 11:42 PM
My DS is also very very very picky and is the Carbohydrate Kid
He eats (and has eaten even before he got hit back teeth in)
grilled cheese sandwiches
rice
cereal straws- but they have to be the apple jacks one (he esp likes these for teething)
crackers (especially the ones that have cheese or some kind of filling)
spaguetti
bananas
smoothies

I think that's pretty much it.

mjkacmom
09-17-2008, 07:42 AM
Just so you know, he can chew foods even without his molars - they are right under the gums, so his gums are hard. Cereal, pasta, tofu, avacado, cheese, lima beans, cold cuts, toast - almost anything can be a finger food, and with my twins, they pretty much lived on finger food (so much easier for mommy!).

keywestbride
09-17-2008, 07:52 AM
At that age, I just fed DS whatever we were having with a couple of exceptions (steak, really spicy food, etc). He loved chicken, sweet potatoes (baked, then mashed like a regular potatoe, but with a litle cinnamon), applesauce, semi-frozen blueberries, yogurt smoothies (blend vanilla or plain yogurt with strawberries and 1/2 a banana), browned hamburger crumbles, and spaghetti were some of his favorites.

Disneychix
09-17-2008, 08:03 AM
Hate to say it but DS (19 months) loves hot dogs. The Tyson frozen chicken nuggets are easy to heat and serve and are all white meat. Mac and cheese is another one of his favorites. Cheese sandwiches he loves too.
We also make pastina (really really small pasta) and after it's cooked crack an egg into the pan and scramble it in with a few frozen vegetables.

I would say don't worry if you feel like you are feeding him the same things all the time. He's eating and that's all the matters!

daleswife
09-17-2008, 08:20 AM
My DS eats anything I eat. Hes 22 months now, but even at 16 months he ate what ever I ate. DH was giving him steak as early as 12 months!!! He loves veggies...im talkin broccoli and caulflower!!! He'll eat salads before he'll eat meat. I call him my little herbavor!!

I_Know_You2!
09-17-2008, 08:22 AM
At that age, I just fed DS whatever we were having with a couple of exceptions (steak, really spicy food, etc). He loved chicken, sweet potatoes (baked, then mashed like a regular potatoe, but with a litle cinnamon), applesauce, semi-frozen blueberries, yogurt smoothies (blend vanilla or plain yogurt with strawberries and 1/2 a banana), browned hamburger crumbles, and spaghetti were some of his favorites.

I agree. The need for fancy little foods for kids is pretty recent.

Anonomom
09-17-2008, 08:31 AM
When DD was this age, she loved tortellini (maybe the cheese filling will make up for your little one's distaste for pasta?), cut-up veggie burgers and yogurt (and Stoneyfield farms sells baby-sized cups of plain yogurt). I also have her cut up chicken patties. I seem to recall making her cheese toast on a fairly frequent basis, too.

Oh, and eggs. Scrambled or hard boiled. When I made scrambled, I'd kind of make it into a flat omelette and cut it up, so she could pick it up easier with her hands.

She also ate a fair amount of freeze-dried fruit. Gerber makes some kinds now, or you can go to whole foods or fresh market and get tubs of pretty much any kind you could want. I used to love these because they were a healthy, portable snack.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

LadyShea
09-17-2008, 09:03 AM
DS also has always eaten whatever we eat. I never bought special foods.

We were surprised by how much DS liked (and still likes) fish. It's a shame we have to limit it due to mercury concerns, but we live on a river and DH loves fishing, and so we have fresh fish twice a month or so. At that age he loved peas, carrots, bananas, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, all kinds of beans, rice, noodles, cheese, peanut butter, apples (sliced thin even without molars they sort of pulverize it with their front teeth), pears, biscuits with a little syrup, grits, eggs, toast, Cheerios...just about everything.

My suggestion is to just put a bit of everything you're eating on his plate, including sharing a snack of fruit or yogurt with him. I think you'll be surprised that if there is no "choice" he will eat what you give him. DS at 2.5 now will sometimes say "No, I don't want <whatever>" but if I give it to him anyway he digs in. I found that my concern for DS's nutrition meant we ate healthier as well!

ClarabelleCowFan
09-17-2008, 11:01 AM
Great ideas!

I think I'll try a grilled cheese at lunch and see how he likes it. :thumbsup2

nikkers
09-17-2008, 04:03 PM
I have one of each a picky eater and a not picky eater. At that age I would also try and give them whatever we were eating.
Avocados, apple sauce (no sugar added), mango, sweet potatoes, squash, cheese, yogurt, eggs, grilled chesse, toast w/ jelly, cubed deli meat, waffles, pancakes, eggs. My kids love soup. I make pea soup and wild rice soup. My kids also really like gnochi.

Poohbug
09-17-2008, 07:18 PM
Have you ever tried those toddler meals. yuck:sick: I can't blame any kid for not wanting to eat those. Just feed him whatever he will eat. My DS has cheese cubes, grapes and toast for lunch. He gets whatever we are having for supper. As long as they are not loosing weight they are O.K.

SaraMc
09-17-2008, 08:36 PM
DS got his teeth early, but before he got them, he loved guacamole, the little pasta that's shaped like stars, eggs were a hit. Also the cheese tortelini was popular too ( still is) I just buy the ones with spinach in them so he's still getting some dark leafy greens. He loves veggies, he actually like another poster said, will eat his veggies first.

Karlzmom
09-17-2008, 09:04 PM
DS is almost 16 months old and I am just at a loss of things to feed him at home. He has gotten quite picky lately!

He doesn't have his back teeth yet (molars are just now starting to come in) so he can't chew anything too hard. He doesn't like any of the Gerber Graduate meals for Toddlers that we have tried.

The only fruits he will eat are grapes, bananas and watermelon but he loves the baby food peaches and pears. He loves string cheese and mac & cheese but isn't really a fan of any other pasta.

He will eat cooked carrots and sometimes he will eat blackeyed peas or green beans. He loves mashed and baked potatoes.

Need some ideas on more easy to fix foods for him that he can chew. Any suggestions??

When you say "any other pasta," what have you tried? There is such a wide variety out there....macaroni w/butter, salt and pepper to my DSs fav the mushroom tortellini w/spinach and asparagus from Trader Joes...whole thing goes into the nuker and then I rough chopped all of it with my Pampered Chef chopper until he got enough teeth to really go at it. I also gave him the "Soups" from Earth's Best when we were starting to transit from baby foods. Baked Beans work well...particularly with rice for a complete protein. There are a lot of toddler based cookbooks out there for getting nutrition into a baby gourmet. ;) When all else fails, I have been know to shoot my guy a pediasure in his "milk" cup to make up something good for him on a really bad day. Good Luck!

princessmom29
09-17-2008, 10:35 PM
I second the "whateverI eat they eat" philosophy. With very few exceptions (very spicy, shellfish b/c her dad has an allegry) my DD ate wahe we did just chopped up. Now she eats just about everything I put in front of her and never refuses to try anything. Our rule is one bite and if you don't like it don't eat it, but I am not cooking anything else. My mom always made special food for my sister when she didn't like something and she is now 24 and still does not eat it if it is not pizza, chicken, or potatoes.

akersten
09-17-2008, 11:01 PM
My son is the same age with no molars. He eats
Omelettes
Baby Oatmeal
Boca burgers
Mini bagels - either cinnamon raisin or whole wheat
Wheat bread cubed
Toast
Black Beans (just rinsed out of the can)
White kidney beans (just rinsed out of the can)
Cantelope
Strawberries
Blueberries (his favorite)
Tortellini, Gnocchi, cut up ravioli
Grilled Cheese (I use wheat bread)
Cheese
Yogurt
Sliced Deli-meat
Hot Dogs
Meat loaf
Chicken Tenders cut up
Cubed avocado
Applesauce
Almost All fruits - he loves fruit

Lstar311
09-17-2008, 11:02 PM
OH, I could have wrote your post! My DS is 15 months old and I've been going through the same predicament as you. Here's what I give my son.

Breakfast:

Cheerios, Waffles, Pancakes, Yogurt, Oatmeal

Lunch:

Organic Turkey Sandwich, Grilled Cheese, Ravioli, Mac and Cheese, Leftovers from dinner

Dinner:

Usually what we eat: chicken, pasta, meatballs, ravioli, cheeseburger cut up small.

My trouble is getting fruits and veggies in. He doesn't like anything squishiy. Good luck!

MyKidsMom1820
09-17-2008, 11:06 PM
my son loves yogurt (yobaby), chicken, toast, carrots (cut into small matchstick size peices), apples, cucumbers, bananas, oranges, breads, pastas, pancakes, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cheese, pretty much anything we eat we feed our kids.

lately I am trying out some pumpkin recipes, and tomorrow I am planning on cooking some apple pumpkin muffins with the kids! :stir:

Dont be afraid to try new things over and over. Sometimes kids just need to see a food a few times or try it to get used to it.

And they can chew a lot more than you would think they can!

Dancermomof1
09-18-2008, 06:14 AM
My son is 16 months and is going through the same thing. That go-yogurt stuff is kind of a hit and also cheese omelettes might be something to try. I hate to admit that hot dogs are one of his favorite foods at the moment :eek:

puffkin
09-18-2008, 08:34 AM
My son pretty much ate anything we ate at that age. One of his favorites (and still is) is just plain yogurt with a few sprinkles on top. I will throw berries on to if I have some. I just buy the big tubs of dannon yogurt for him. He also really liked raisens at that age.

brymolmom
09-18-2008, 12:44 PM
I agree with the pp's who say he can eat harder food now. Personally, I would stop the baby food completely sometime soon...my experience with picky eaters is that they will CLING to it and really, you don't want to have baby food be in your child's menu for too much longer I would think. Also, sometimes unless offered a LOT of different textured foods, kids acquire a dislike just for the texture. So earlier exposure (in my own opinion) helps to not create this type of situation which can be extremely difficult to get out of.

Just offer anything that you're having for dinner (with some exceptions, maybe well done steak) - and keep offering that. Make it a rule that he has one bite before getting one of his favorite fruits (or other rule that makes sense in your household). Also, I started early with NOT making multiple meals - if my kids don't like what we're having, I always offer a fruit or vegetable that they like that they can fill up on that and I usually offer a roll or bread and butter as another filler after they've tried a bite or two of the meal.

Starting this type of habit now will help you and your picky eater with fewer battles down the road! Good luck!

NotUrsula
09-18-2008, 01:26 PM
Yep, anything you're having, cut small. Even crunchy stuff is fine; he'll break it with his front teeth. My 15 mo old doesn't have molars yet, but she's a huge fan of the garlic Chex Mix, and she crunches right into it, even the melba toast.

DumboPrincess
09-18-2008, 02:53 PM
Here are some suggestions that worked for my two: (I avoided peanut butter at that age b/c the pediatrician didn't recommend until after age 2 b/c it is an allergy risk.)

--tomato & mozzarella "salad"--shredded mozz. cheese and sliced cherry tomatoes, italien dressing to taste, if wanted

--cream cheese crackers
--cream cheese and jelly sandwich on wheat bread
--mashed banana sandwich on wheat bread
--beets
--sliced, mashed or diced carrots
--baby peas
--corn
--sliced grapes
--tyson chicken fingers
--chopped broccoli & cauliflower
--spaghetti with or without meat & sauce
--banana bread (no nuts)
--pizza (you can make your own for a healthier version)
--mashed white or sweet potatoes
--eggs (scrambled or boiled)
--pancakes
--cheerios, kix, raisin bran (careful with the raisins)
--baked beans
--green beans
--french toast
--cheese toast
--grilled cheese & tomato sandwich
--chopped ham, turkey or roast beef
--chicken noodle soup, with or without draining the broth ( I did this a lot, draining the broth to make less mess and softer food) (All different kinds of soup work with this--vegtable stew, beef stew, etc.)

Hope this helps! :goodvibes

santa's surpriz
09-18-2008, 04:53 PM
I used to get my daughter the frozen veggies. Peas were her favorite. Our groery had a nice store brand soup mix that had corn, peas, carrots, lima beans, etc. Was a must and still is. She also loved swiss cheese that I used to serve with deli turkey or ham cut into small pieces.

vettechick99
09-20-2008, 10:10 AM
Vettechicklet is 17m and has gotten pretty picky at dinnertime. This week she's hardly eaten anything because she is cutting her 5th, 6th and 7th teeth all at the same time!

The one thing that always works is a quesadilla (with hidden ingredients)! It's gotta have cheese in it but then I'll hide whatever else I have on hand. Mashed peas, spinach, or green beens. Throw in some seasoned chicken - gotta be seasoned! It may not even be a teaspoon of healthy foods but at least it's something!

GL!