Living with a Picky eater

I love food. All food. I am by no means a food snob and equally enjoy a trip to the Spur or some fancy pants restaurant so having a picky eater child is something I did not see coming. The fact that I have to celebrate and send little thank you prayers up with every bite of food he takes while most parents take their kids eating for granted seems so ridiculous but trust me living with a picky eater… The struggle is real.

Like most I started Ben out on Solids around 6 months. He didn’t exactly gulp down spoon after spoon of my carefully prepared puree but he did eat enough to leave my new mommy heart happy and satisfied. It went okay till around 8 months when he cut his very first tooth. Suddenly meal times became a struggle where most of the food ended up on the floor. This is also around the time serious sleep regression happened. I started asking around for advice and everyone kept saying “how much Protein does he eat a day” Apparently the only way for me to get a decent nights sleep is by getting my baby to eat some chicken or beef. And so this became my mission in life. But the more I cooked, and begged and made airplane sounds the more he would shake his head in a very clear NO.

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Now for someone who hates cooking to actually take the time to read up on baby food recipes, toddler finger foods and take time to prepare these meals when I know full well he’s not going to eat it just goes to show how much I love this tiny person.  I bought the cute dinosaur pasta and the alphabet potato chips. When all the moms were posting pic’s of their kids eating these mini fritatas, I got the recipe and I got cooking. I read about the Woolies Feta and Spinach sausage that is such a hit with all the kids so that’s what I got. Husband and I ended up eating most of it.

So what does he eat? Peanut butter on bread or provitas, those blended fruit pouches and lots of yogurt.


In the beginning it really stressed me out, but I’m a lot more relaxed about it now. He is healthy, active, reaching milestones and growing as he should so if he can do all of that on just yogurt who am I to force a lamb chop down his throat.  That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped trying. I still make him a little plate of food even though I know it will go uneaten. And then every now and then he surprises me by eating a mouth full and trying something new. Recently its tomato sauce. He’ll dip anything in it.

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Do I wish he ate more fruit and veg? Absolutely.  Do my recent more calmer approach to his eating habits sometimes give way to a little freak out? Sure. Would I love some advice and full proof toddler recipes? Yes please!

5 Comments on Living with a Picky eater

  1. ella
    July 21, 2015 at 9:52 am (3 years ago)

    Sounds so much like my 2 year old yoghurt, dried fruit and provita…. I just don’t even know… I have that book by the way 🙂

  2. Chereen
    July 21, 2015 at 10:12 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my word, I can SO relate to this! Noah started off eating well and gobbling up just about anything I put in front of him, until he was about 18 months old… that’s when things changed BIG time. He loves tomato sauce, Squish pouches, provitas with Marmite, peanut butter sandwiches, cheese, and WeetBix. That’s IT. I bought a fancy cook book for toddlers and had so much fun whipping up tasty meals – THAT HE REFUSED TO EAT. Now, he pretty much lives off Squish, peanut butter sarmies, and Umatie meals (but only the bobotie, comfy chicken and Apricot potjie – NOTHING else!) *Sigh*

  3. Lindsay
    July 22, 2015 at 7:53 am (3 years ago)

    Oh i feel you.

    We have the same struggle but i also adopted the whatever policy as long as they eat

  4. Sara Essop
    July 24, 2015 at 8:11 am (3 years ago)

    Your son sounds like mine. He’s 9 now and becoming pickier all the time!

  5. Fiona
    August 12, 2015 at 10:36 am (3 years ago)

    Hahaha. Mine is a sympathetic laugh! Toe maar, Anne has got to almost 5 mostly on bland carbs, cream cheese and yoghurt. We only like two kinds of vegetable at a time, so last week carrots had to go when tomatoes suddenly became delish. I always swore I’d make one family meal; now I plate three different meals…


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