Source: Canadian Parents
My daughter is almost 20 months old and a picky eater. She weighs almost 10 kg (I know is't not too much) but otherwise she is a very healthy and active little girl. She is eating a pretty good variety of food, meat, cereals, fruits and drinks cow milk and breast milk. When it comes to vegetables she only likes potatoes and raw tomatoes and cucumbers (she goes nuts about tomatoes). I make also cream soups with carrots, squash, peas, sweet potatoes and give her almost each day a full ladle, but I have to spoon feed her the soups because she doesn't eat them by herself. She likes them though especially the peas soup. But she will not pick up and eat other vegetable if it's boiled, she likes to play with them but doesn't want to taste. We can not convince her to taste anything new, even if she can see us eating that food.
How can I include more vegetables in her diet, I need some ideeas, please!
Another thing is that she doesn't like sweets at all....I know that is not such a reason to be worried about, but comme on, kids love sweets, and I'm not talking about candies, at least a little bit of icecream or jam on her toast...she doesn't want anything to do with them. Or cheese for that matter...that's another tabu food for her...Anybody else there with the same issues? Will they go away in time, it's just toddler behaviour? Thanks.
Dear VD (Can I call you VD? There's a helluvalotta syllables in your name),
VD, you have some very serious problems. Your kid is only eating 7 different kinds of vegetables (plus fruit, cereal, meat and a variety of dairy options)? Never mind asking other moms for advice....you need to get your daughter to a hospital and onto an IV full of V8, stat!
Don't you know that all toddlers need to eat a minimum of 28 different kinds of vegetables each day or they become serial killers? It's true! I'm not saying that your daughter will become a serial killer but she is totally in the "at risk" group. And that is not good. Particularly when you combine lack of interest in sweets. That means she has no sense of whimsy. People with no whimsy are ten times more likely to become sociopaths. Sociopathic serial killer types are worse than whimsical ones because they are pretty good at not getting caught doing bad things and so parenting them can be really difficult. They get away with murder!
I want you to know it's not your fault. Kind of. Actually they say there is a genetic component to serial killing sociopaths, so maybe it is your fault. I don't know, I'm not a doctor. But I do know all about this vegetable thing because my kids only eat white foods and there aren't a helluvalotta white veggies out there. I'm not overly worried though because they love sweets and therefore fall into the whimsical serial killer group. Most of their homicidal urges are controlled with ice-cream. If I were you I would get that IV8 for your daughter and, in the meantime, sleep with one eye open.
You don't need to worry about the cheese thing. Avoiding cheese is completely normal toddler behaviour.