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I am wondering if this is just a phase or if I should be doing something to try to change ds's behavior: For the past week or so ds (almost 15 months old) has become <b>extremely</b> picky about what he will eat. Up until this point the only thing he wouldn't eat was egg yolks. Literally all of a sudden he doesn't eat many things that he used to love. Unfortunately this includes most protein sources and vegetables (except peas). When he sees most foods he automatically decides whether he's going to eat it or not.<br><br>
I posted this in GD because the problem is that he either spits out the food he doesn't want or he squeezes it between his thumb and forefinger and drops it on the floor. Is this a phase that most young children go through? If it's a phase I'm fine with that. He's still bf and is a fruitaholic, so I'm not too concerned about the nutrition part. But if others haven't seen this as a phase I think I might need some suggestions on how to get him to eat his protein and veggies. I've tried hiding the 'yucky' food in food he likes- once he feels or tastes the 'yucky' food it all comes out. I've never gotten upset with him about it. Usually i just take him out of his chair when he spits something out twice. On Thursday I served his uneaten lunch to him for dinner but he still didn't eat it (this was one of his favorite meals until last week). Tonight I got a little upset with him and raised my voice. I just hate to see him spitting out perfectly good food- plus, he needs to eat! I know food is the only thing he has control of in his life, but he's picking and choosing the wrong foods to cut out.<br><br>
I'm sorry this is a little bit rambling. Any advice? Oh- we have a pretty stable home life- no recent changes that may have upset him, he doesn't seem to be teething and he's still not walking. I think he's probably in the 50%-75% for both weight and height. Nothing is out of the ordinary. He also seems to be sleeping a little bit less, but nothing major.<br><br>
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I think it's pretty normal. Most kids are pretty picky eaters. Like you said, I think that it's just that he can control what he eats, and it might be some kind of power issue. I'd just keep gently offering him healthy food, and he'll most likely get what he needs.
 

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I think it's a phase. My dd also started to reject foods she used to like somewhere around that age. But I've found that if I keep offering a food (not over and over again at the same meal, but on different days), just when I'm convinced she'll never eat it again, she'll eat it perfectly willingly.
 

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I also think it’s normal…I actually wonder if their increased activity level leads them to crave carbohydrates or something. My DC is also very picky but we do try for better nutrition. It’s hard though because the way I want to parent sometimes conflicts with the food ‘control’ impulse that I have because of this issue.<br><br>
I agree to keep introducing foods ~ not forcing them but bringing them back after a short break. Another few suggestions that work for DC are…<br><br>
-serving healthy foods when she’s actually hungry (she seems more willing to eat well when she has a really good appetite)<br>
-giving healthy choices<br>
-adding some more flavor to foods<br>
-not hiding or trying to sneak foods into the meal, just some good healthy tasty foods<br><br>
Now, if things get bad I could offer some yummy foods for him but it doesn’t sound like your at that stage yet. Good luck!!
 

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Thanks! I guess I'll just let him eat what he wants for a while and see what happens. I guess you can't o.d. on fruit or oatmeal (he LOVES the steel cut from bulk at Whole Foods).<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yea, that’s what I’d do but I do ‘control’ some food issues. I’m not saying that I think I’m ‘right’ for doing this but I just can’t deal with DC not eating *any* vegetables. I think I’m uptight because DH is a really bad eater. But, we were in London for a week eating in restaurants and DC hadn’t had any veggies…one day she just asked for some olives. It’s so hard to find the balance, ha? Oh, and she also expaned her diet a little when we couldn't provide all her ‘regulars’…so I may be rethinking some things for a while.
 
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