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Eating the same thing every day

Hi Leanne. I have a 17 month year old daughter who likes to eat the same thing every day and is very reluctant to even taste anything new. The same cereal for breakfast (Nutrigrain), vegemite and cheese sandwiches for lunch; pasta and bolognaise sauce for dinner (with hidden vegies- usually carrots and zuccini). Snacks are always yoghurt, watermelon and banana. She won`t eat any other fruits, proteins or vegies and I`ve been trying and trying! Have you got any suggestions? Regards Louise

Answer: Hi Louise, I really do know how you feel; I have a fussy eater who is still going strong at almost 5. I have written a fact sheet on fussy eating on Huggies in the Feeding Baby section (see tip box below and link from the article) and just released a fussy eating book also to help mums. Its really common that fussy eaters have a fairly narrow list of foods they will eat, but sometimes you can offer them these things in slightly different ways which allows you to add in bits disguised, so try altering the spag bol and give meat balls or homemade burgers a try, add an egg for protein, use the nutrigrain to make a sort of muesli, make a banana smoothie with yoghurt and add ground nuts and seeds and so on. Try frozen yoghurt and strawberry ice-blocks... And while this stage does pass, to be honest it often takes some time in reality, but it will. In the meantime I think one of the best things you can do is to get the good stuff in anyway possible. I do things like spag bol with stacks of grated veg in it so it isn’t recognizable, scones with grated veg (ie pumpkin and cheese), I grate peeled zucchini into scrambled egg (you can`t see it in there) and so on. One of the best things about doing this is that you can ultimately relax and go with it. They tend to eat better the less you place emphasis on the issue and a happy mum is a happy family. Keep offering him all the good stuff (albeit small amounts) and involving him in food, sometimes they surprise you. Check out the Practical Tips in my first answer at the top of this page too. Oh, also there is also a book called the Big Mouth Book (web site of same name) that has been having some success with fussy eating. I hope some of this helps. All the best, Leanne
Answered: 01 Nov 2007