Dear Picky Eaters…

If your kid is a picky eater, it’s not the end of the world.

People make a big deal about it these days. I was a picky eater as a child (and young adult) and I’m still alive. Unfortunately, my son is even more picky than I was as a child. But why do people stress so much about it? It’s not like I feed him Oreos and bon bons all day. Honestly, it’s a lot of whole grains and fruits. 

I’ve tried giving him veggies, lean meat and the food will just sit there because he refuses to even try it. Then it transitions itself into a tantrum because he’s hangry. For example, I’ve gone all day long not giving in, putting normal meals (well-balanced) in front of him and he won’t touch it.

Eggs? Never in his life. Chicken? Nope. Vegetable? Not unless you count a fried potato. Sadly, he’s never even had a cheeseburger.  

In the perfect world, he’d have a balanced diet. But honestly, when I began introducing him to solids at 5 months (that’s when I start feeding my kids to avoid sleep regressions), he would gag and spit it out. Around 7 months when he finally started eating, even that was hit or miss. He never really grew out of that phase. There was a period of time where I fed him a like a bird. I would chew food in my mouth and give it to him. That was month 10-12, he would eat anything I gave him so I figured whatevs. But once his 1st birthday came around and he was able to self-feed, he went back to eating like a freakin’ gerbil. 

Unfortunately, it’s pretty much the carb diet 24/7.

He eats junk, but it’s the healthier version of junk. Loves pasta, but I make whole wheat or veggie pasta. Loves quesadillas, but I only buy fresh corn tortillas. LOVES any kind of chip so I buy black bean or sweet potato chips. The thing is, it’s either that or he will starve himself. Thankfully, he loves fruit.

And please don’t suggest hiding veggies or things like that. I’ve tried it. He’s got a nose like a basset hound. My son sniffs most of his food- even the foods he likes. Probably because I’ve traumatized him into trying new foods.

But I get it, it’s annoying.

Before going to restaurants or really anywhere, I have to pack specific snacks for HIM or I have to make sure the menu has French fries. It doesn’t make my life easier, but I can’t blame the kid. I was an insanely picky eater as a kid. My two food groups were cereal or chicken fingers and fries. If you ask my mom, she’ll vouch for me. I can’t tell you how many times I willingly ate a big bowl of cereal for dinner because I didn’t like what my mom was making.

Took me twenty years, but I eventually grew out of it and became more adventurous. But here’s the thing, as annoying as it may be, it’s not the end of the world. It may be inconvenient and aggravating, but why fight it? Did that ever work when your parents tried to force something? If anything, it just makes you naturally fight it more. I’m sure one day he’ll eat like a human instead of a bird. Until that day comes, it is what it is.

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11 Comments

  1. February 16, 2019 / 8:55 am

    My son is SO PICKY and has food allergies on top of it. As I feed him another bag of potato chips, I think “fed is best?!?!” It’s hard but I know it won’t last forever!!

  2. February 16, 2019 / 12:35 pm

    So glad you shared this! My son is super picky about food but I love the alternatives that you mentioned. Guess it comes down to just thinking outside the box!:)

    • February 17, 2019 / 9:04 pm

      I used to refuse to “think outside the box” for my picky eater but sometimes we fold as parents lol. If it’s for the good of the children, then we have to!

  3. February 17, 2019 / 8:19 am

    I understand the plight of the picky eater and as the mother and grandmother of the infamous individual. It’s not easy but it’s real. Just keep introducing new foods eventually something will peak an interest. Children begin seeing other siblings enjoying food and let’s face it FOMO usually sets in at some point and they take the leap and at least try something new. Be patient it gets better. I remember someone who pulled of cheese from their pizza. 😉

    • February 17, 2019 / 9:07 pm

      Eventually, he’s getting a little better. Just taking his sweet time but that’s ok. Everyone at their own speed. Can’t rush these things I suppose!

  4. February 17, 2019 / 10:40 pm

    Hey mama! Atleast he’s eating and he looks very strong and healthy. So just keep doing what you are doing.

    • February 20, 2019 / 9:09 am

      Well thank you for that! I appreciate it so much!!!

  5. February 19, 2019 / 10:24 am

    I thankfully don’t have this problem yet with my daughter and I really hope it doesn’t develop as she gets older. I think it’s great that you are able to accommodate healthy versions of the foods he DOES like to eat. Also you are doing what you can to make sure he gets all the nutrients his body needs at this moment which is what’s most important. Thanks for sharing your experience!

    • February 20, 2019 / 9:10 am

      That’s good you don’t! It’s not fun worrying about their eating habits, especially when they’re so young. But it’s all about getting creative where you can because kids are too smart sometimes!!

  6. Brittanny
    February 21, 2019 / 2:49 pm

    This was a great read! Sometimes I’m hard on myself for my daughter being so picky. But I know it’ll get better as she gets older and she already has expanded her diet a bit in the last few months. It’s the small victories right? Lol Thank you for sharing! 💛

  7. March 2, 2019 / 6:53 pm

    So Ella used to eat everything and now she’s picky (since about age 18 months) and Everly ate everything I give her and is slowly turning into a picky eater! I’ve come to the conclusion it’s because my in-laws feed them junk when they see my girls and now they prefer the junk over the healthy 🙈. Like my SIL started baby sitting Ella at 18 months old when my husband went back to work (my SIL lived with my FIL at the time and he loves to spoil my girls with ice cream and cookies) and we moved in with my FIL in November and now Everly is starting to be picky with foods. But love the tips in this post!

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