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Posted on: Friday, August 26, 2016

Toddler Foods | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar has always been a great eater. She’s taken everything from breast milk to formula to cow’s milk to just about every food you can imagine with no problems at all. I thought we were in the clear when it came to pickiness…that is, until recently. (Mom Lesson #235: Never assume you’re in the clear.) Over the past two-ish months, Briar has grown very particular about what she will and won’t eat. One day she will favor a food and then the next day she wants nothing to do with it. Needless to say, mealtimes have become a bit of a challenge.

Toddler Foods | Ann-Marie Loves

But after much trial and error, I’ve figured out that the best way to get her to eat is to offer her a wide range of simple foods in small portions. That way, we don’t waste too much and I can gauge what foods she is digging on that particular day for future meals.

Toddler Foods | Ann-Marie Loves

Using our beloved multiportion serving tray, I will fill up most of the slots with a rotating mix of tried-and-true finger foods: berries, cheese slices, Goldfish crackers, turkey, graham crackers, broccoli, bananas, beans, pasta, avocados, eggs (hard-boiled or scrambled), tangerines, pancakes, bananas, and occasionally a few chocolate chips (or “chips” as Briar calls them). She never eats everything that I offer but at least it gets her to eat something. And at this stage in the game, I’ll take something over nothing.

Toddler Foods | Ann-Marie Loves

I’ve also found that if I offer her a utensil to eat her food, she’s much more likely to dig in. I’m keeping the faith that this too is just a phase (pleasepleaseplease) and eventually Briar will go back to being an adventurous eater. But until then, I’m trying to stay patient (keyword: trying) and following her lead.

Any tricks for combatting toddler pickiness?




  • Misti

    I wish I could help, I’m in the same boat. Mine loved more veggies and fruit back in the winter but now that’s even a hard sell for him. He seems to eat well at daycare for breakfast and lunch but at home and dinner we usually offer what we’re eating to start and then go from there. That’s usually yogurt, applesauce, banana, a pouch, cheese…you know, toddler food!

    It’s always nice to know someone else is dealing with the same thing!

    • Jodi

      We’re going through the same thing with our 18 month old daughter too. At her well child checkup this week the NP reminded me that at this age we can control the quality of food but not the quantity. Basically don’t worry as long as she’s healthy and if she’s hungry, she’ll eat. I also thought it was interesting that she said not to be surprised if our daughter eats better at daycare than she does at home (which is very true for us) since at daycare she sees the other kids eating and wants to do what they are doing.

  • Jenn

    I want you to know we were in the exact place with my daughter when she was two! Now she’s three and seems to have forgotten to be picky! My son, who was also an adventurous eater has become picky now that he’s 15 months. I’m pretty sure all kids go through this phase. And it should not last forever! But I like your method, and cool serving plate! I may have to try something similar with my son. :)

  • Kate

    I have found that my little man will go through spurts… he’s NEVER been picky, but lately, he just refused most food. After a few weeks of fighting to get him to eat, he suddenly started eating like a horse! He had a couple days of eating anything & everything I put on his plate, & then he was back to not eating. I’ve talked to many moms, & they all say the same thing: they’re going through growth spurts!

    This is a brilliant idea… I’ve tried all kinds of things to get Z-man to eat when he’s not really interested in food, but this would probably at least get him to eat SOMEthing! :-) Thanks for the tip!

  • Iara

    I wish I could give you some helpful advice, but the truth is, there is nearly nothing we can do. Keep offering everything, do not make the error to just accept that she stopped eating something she used to like until yesterday. My now 11 years old stopped eating fruits when she was 2 but she kept being a great vegetables eater so I thought it was ok and she would someday go back to the fruits. Turned out she never did. She only eats apples and bananas, what makes me pretty sad… my son (now 9) eats everything and never was picky. My little girl (now 8) was very picky from the begin. I thought I had figured out how to bring someone to try new foods (with all that I learned with baby #1 and #2) but the little girl made it the way she wanted and she its only a handful of foods she know and trust… If I could only understand LOL good lucky with Briar!

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