I have a Picky Eater :: Learning Ways to Get My Child to Try Different Foods

I never thought I would be in this situation with my daughter. When she was smaller, I first introduced her to “solids” and she ate it all. She loved some of the pureed baby food, and of course, most of it, she didn’t really like. As she grew and new teeth came in, I was thinking, “I’m doing this feeding thing! It’s going to be a breeze!”

Boy, was I ever wrong.

She is now 3 1/2 years old and figuring out what to feed my child is hard.

I have come to the conclusion that my daughter is the ultimate picky eater.

She was so particular about what she wanted that not even frozen chicken nuggets would do the trick.

I tried to be creative with the meals, especially breakfast. All she eats are grits. And I hate grits! Ew! I made the cute cutouts of pancakes with fun icing; does she eat it? NOPE! If I give her cereal … no milk, please. Then she played in it. Ugh! Just grits and fruit. That is one thing I can proudly say … my baby loves fruit. From strawberries to blackberries and apples to oranges, she will eat all the fruit.

Trying to hide veggies in some of her favorite foods doesn’t work either. I think it has to do with the texture of what is in front of her. Or that she just doesn’t like it enough to try.

At one point, I gave up and just gave her what she wanted. I mean, she’s eating something, right?

As I search for ways to get my daughter to eat different things, I came across the “like it, love it, and learn it” method from Veggies and Virtue on Instagram. The concept is that you plate the food in different sections – one she would like, one she would love, and one that she will learn about. We just started this so I will post an update later. Let’s hope and pray it works. But I figured I need to try something. So far, she’ll eat her like it, along with the dessert (love it) that is on her plate. But the more she sees the different foods, the more likely she will try it.

I’m hoping this strategy will work. Then I can try all the fun recipes I find all over the internet and can save myself a lot of money.

So keep us in your thoughts and hope that when I come up with the update, I’ll have some good news to share!

If you have any tricks, please post the in the comments. I could use the help.

Ja’Nae was born in Houma and raised on the outskirts of New Orleans known as the Westbank, where she still resides. She’s currently dating her boyfriend of 3 years and together they raise their daughter A’nylah. After attending Jackson State University, she moved back to New Orleans and then earned her master’s at Full Sail University in Public Relations, she currently works part-time at a local Bra Boutique where she enjoys helping women feel good about themselves. In her free times, she’s looking for the latest fashion trends, working out, learning how to organize her life, relaxing by enjoying a good movie or series and finding fun things to do with her new family.


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