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DD is 13 months and the only veggie she eats is broccoli. On the rare day, she will eat carrots that come from a bag of frozen mixed veggies, but not carrots prepared any other way<br>
She has refused the following:<br>
asparagus<br>
zucchini<br>
sweet potatoes<br>
regular potatoes<br>
green beans<br>
winter squash<br>
spinach<br>
cucumbers<br>
lettuce<br>
peas<br>
corn<br>
cauliflower<br>
eggplant<br>
I am at a loss, I want her to have a varied diet, but so far she is not letting it happen. She is also starting to refuse some fruits that she used to love. She also is not big on many carbs that are not a cracker, ie no bread, rice, pasta, etc. I have tried covering things in cheese (she loves cheese) but she still won't try them. I feel like we eat the same things everyday since she refuses so much. She eats yogurt, cheese, beef, chicken, goldfish crackers, oatios, broccoli, peaches, mango, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, apples, applesauce and that is about it. She won't eat eggs or tofu, and passes on beans 90% of the time. She still nurses between 4-6 times a day.<br>
Any advice?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DD is 13 months and the only veggie she eats is broccoli. On the rare day, she will eat carrots that come from a bag of frozen mixed veggies, but not carrots prepared any other way<br>
She has refused the following:<br>
asparagus<br>
zucchini<br>
sweet potatoes<br>
regular potatoes<br>
green beans<br>
winter squash<br>
spinach<br>
cucumbers<br>
lettuce<br>
peas<br>
corn<br>
cauliflower<br>
eggplant<br>
I am at a loss, I want her to have a varied diet, but so far she is not letting it happen. She is also starting to refuse some fruits that she used to love. She also is not big on many carbs that are not a cracker, ie no bread, rice, pasta, etc. I have tried covering things in cheese (she loves cheese) but she still won't try them. I feel like we eat the same things everyday since she refuses so much. She eats yogurt, cheese, beef, chicken, goldfish crackers, oatios, broccoli, peaches, mango, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, apples, applesauce and that is about it. She won't eat eggs or tofu, and passes on beans 90% of the time. She still nurses between 4-6 times a day.<br>
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Try baking the sweet potato with a little bit of sugar and cinamon to see if she likes that then mash it up so she can eat it.
 

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It sounds completely normal for a 13mo to refuse foods she previously ate. Toddlers are notorious for being picky eaters. Also, she's probably in a growth plateau and doesn't need very many calories right now.<br><br>
Just keep on offering healthy foods (including mama milk!!) and trust her to take in what her body needs. Eventually she'll probably eat all the foods you're offering, but it might be a couple of years before she gets to that point!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just keep on offering healthy foods (including mama milk!!) and trust her to take in what her body needs. Eventually she'll probably eat all the foods you're offering, but it might be a couple of years before she gets to that point!</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: Keep offering a wide variety of healthy foods. I think it's important not to pressure kids to eat, and not to make some foods a reward for eating others (e.g. you can have blueberries if you eat all your peas, or whatever).<br><br>
A 13mo does not fully digest vegetables yet, so it is important to still offer nursing regularly.
 

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Yeah, keep on offering. Also, have you tried making mini veggie pancakes. Grate or chop whatever veggies you want and mix with whole wheat, spelt or whatever flour you have with eggs and milk and cook them up in the frying pan. You could even add a bit of parmesan cheese for flavor or curry and cumin. My DS likes his with spinach, carrots and broccoli. I've also done a potato, zucchini and nori combo. The great thing is you can pack them up and offer them up on the go. Good luck.
 

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Also have you tried milkshakes? You can get all kinds of fruits and vegetables if you mix it with yogurt and honey and blend it up. I do bananas and strawberries so it covers the taste of the parsley or kale or whatever I have on hand.<br><br>
Have you tried the same veggies frozen? For some reason some toddlers like them this way; it changes the texture, I guess.<br><br>
I also do the pancakes; I make the standard pancake mix sweetened with honey and then add grated zucchini, carrots, and apples. I'll make muffins like this sometimes, too. If she's not into breads, though, I don't know how much luck you'll have with this one.<br><br>
I used to mix up a little cooked spinach in my ds' scrambled eggs, you could try that, too.<br><br>
I noticed with my ds at this age that it was important to keep on offering foods even though he would go through stages when he wouldn't eat them. He only seemed to try foods he was used to having around so if I didn't try something for a few months he wouldn't have anything to do with it for even longer.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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My little one loves lots of things but these are her favorites:<br><br><br>
frozen peas - likes them cold, not cooked<br>
grape tomatoes dipped in hummus<br>
red pepper cut into small strips<br>
mashed potatoes are a new favorite<br>
chopped spinich with butter
 

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I know you said you tried covering them with cheese, but have you tried hiding them between cheese and bread? I chop veggies up finely and put them between a cheese slice and a piece of bread and put the whole thing in the toaster oven, then cut it up into little pieces. I'm not sure ds is even sure they're in there!
 

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the pancakes are a good idea, except, you guessed it, she won't eat pancakes either, or bread, or anything mashed up and the smoothies are a no go, she will only drink water out of a cup. no juice, milk, drinkable yogurt, etc. I will try the frozen veggies though!
 

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Just wanted to post that you're not alone. my almost 13 month old won't eat ANY veggies either, tried your whole list and more. not even mashed potatoes! Crazy kid! He will occasionally eat some carrots, and eats peas like there is no tomorrow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Did anyone say "just keep offering?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> That's what we do. just keep putting it out there. i notice that if i hand him something while i'm cooking he is more likely to eat it than if i offer it on his highchair. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">: works for us. But its not much. hmmm...does chick peas count as a veggetable? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: He LOVES those.<br><br>
I love the hiding them idea, maybe in smoothies too? Here is a good link i found, but i haven't tried it yet, other than fruit smoothies, as he hasn't been a big drinker out of containers yet.<br><br><a href="http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art50114.asp" target="_blank">http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art50114.asp</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">the pancakes are a good idea, except, you guessed it, she won't eat pancakes either, or bread, or anything mashed up and the smoothies are a no go, she will only drink water out of a cup. no juice, milk, drinkable yogurt, etc. I will try the frozen veggies though!</div>
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Well, there went all my wonderful suggestions for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The one other tip I have is to grate carrots finely and mix them with PB to put in her PBJ (if she'll eat those!). DS doesn't know the difference -- I just make up a big batch early in the week and store it in tupperware in the refrigerator to use for his lunches throughout the week.<br><br>
Plain frozen peas have been a favorite of DS's since he started teething.<br><br>
Will she eat a quesadilla? The cheese could conceal quite a bit -- maybe grated zucchini or squash, or spread some veggie puree lightly over the inside of the tortilla before sprinkling the cheese on.<br><br>
Does she like to use dips for her crackers? You could make red pepper hummus, etc. for her to use as a dip.<br><br>
Edit: I didn't notice before that she's only 13 months old! I agree with sunnysideup -- nothing to worry about at that age, especially since she's breastfeeding. It's amazing that she'll eat broccoli -- my 2.5yo still won't! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Keep in mind that a 13mo normally doesn't eat much. At that age, most toddlers still get a large part of their calories from breast milk or formula. I wouldn't spend too much energy trying to sneak veggies into a child that age. I just offer a small amount of veggies and/or fruit with each meal. Everything at least gets tasted, and kids grow to appreciate the taste and texture of the veggies. Otherwise, I'd worry that you set yourself up for always having to sneak it in.
 

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For a 13 month old that's still nursing plenty, I wouldn't bother sneaking foods into her diet. I agree with the pps that said, just keep offering.<br><br>
My ds went from eating anything and everything (he liked to teeth on raw onions and leeks) to not eating anything that wasn't a carb (cracker, bread, noodle, or rice) and stayed that way for about 6 - 8 months. Now he's branched out again and ate a good portion of everything we had for dinner last night at the Indian restaurant. Well he did pick the peas out of the bread, he still will only eat those if they're straight out of the freezer.
 

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I know 13 months is a little young for this, but my dd loves veggies because she can add her favorites to them:<br><br>
- "NY shakie" (Nutritional Yeast - She gets to shake it on her veggies)<br>
- "Spray" - Liquid Aminos (She loves to spray this on broccoli and carrots)<br>
- "Wheat Sprinkles" - We have a little shaker of wheat germ.<br><br>
We also have this great Tahini sauce (I get it from this vegetarian restaurant near me). We use that sauce and hummus and dip the veggies into those.<br><br><br>
As you can see, if she can be involved in her choice of "topping" for her veggies, she loves them. She asked for thirds of broccoli yesterday. Anyway, I hope this can spark maybe a couple of ideas for you !!
 
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