Need Advice for Picky Eater

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    So . . . I've been concerned for a while about my 14-month-old, Quinn, who has virtually given up eating. He does okay with toddler snacks like arrowroot cookies and puffed-wheat apple wheels, but has been refusing his cereal and baby food. He's still quite chubby and healthy and active, which prompts my husband to say, "He must be doing okay", but his solid waste has become VERY solid and dry, and nearly white. Any mom knows that one of the first places bad health signs turn up is in the diaper.

    Today, we took him out to lunch with us, and he once again turned down the food I brought for him. His daddy idly offered him a small piece of bread from his sandwich roll, and Quinn happily grabbed it, stuffed it in his mouth, and it was gone. I offered him a small piece of grilled chicken from my sandwich, and same thing. Turns out that what he doesn't want is food someone else is feeding him. He wants to feed himself.

    So now I'm trying to decide what I can get for a 14-month-old with not a lot of teeth to feed himself without too much horrendous mess. We already do peanut butter sandwiches on thin sandwich rounds, and grilled cheese would work, too. Apple and banana slices aren't going over too well, but strawberry slices are good. We'll try some other fruits and veggies as they come in season. Waffles cut into squares - no syrup, please - do okay. Sweet potato fries, baked in the oven. Maybe some pieces of omelet?

    This is the first kid I've had who developed this particular eating quirk. Nicky always ate everything in sight, and Sarah went through a phase where she would do nothing but drink milk for two days, then eat everything that didn't run away on the third day. Anyone got any other suggestions for toddler finger foods?
     
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    I once starved my son for a week.

    Now he will eat anything.

    Even broccoli.
     
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    I still have to put cheese on it though, little willful spawn from Hell.
     
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    Serve him gruel.

    It was good enough for dickens and the limeys built an empire eating it.
     
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    If he remains on the same growth curve with each well child check, then you shouldn't worry about it. Continue to be persistent...eventually he may try new foods, but if he is growing then he must be getting what he needs.
     
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    I suspect he's in a growth lull right now, but I'm very unhappy with those hard, white stools.

    I think we're going to try bagel bites with a smear of cream cheese tomorrow morning and see how that goes.
     
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    I didn't see that about the white stools. How white?

    You might try a little prune juice.
     
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    Don't fool yourself, the Limey's built their empire of rum rations.
     
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    You ether have to make eating a game or just put it in front of him and let him make a mess...hope some of it is absorbed.
     
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    why are all the men giving advice on babies ....yall dont know mal about mal on a good day..back off boys...


    here is what you do....go to the store...get a grinder...

    food_mill_baby : Target Search Results

    the 13 buck one will do....now when you cook a meal...simply grind small portions of it...and put on a plate for the kid...in reality....at 14 months, he should be eatling well...he can handle soft veggies..
    most likely you have him eating a poor diet...if he is cubby at 14 months.....is the child walking....he should be..and that should have ran the fat off him by now...

    was this child breast fed...i will bet not. but that is my bias and i digress...feed the child real food....that yall eat...unless yall are eating poorly...
     

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