Baby-led Weaning Wednesdays: Vegetable Question

How do I get my child to eat more vegetables?

The age-old question every parent asks at one point or another. Now, I shall pose this question to you lovely readers.

Peanut started off loving vegetables. When there were many different things on her plate, the fruits and vegetables were always gone first. I wasn’t horribly surprised because I personally love vegetables.

All the broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower are gone, leaving only the rice.

Then she started with stages. First she hated breads, then she hated meats, then she hated vegetables, then she hated breads, and so on (inconspicuously skipping fruits and dairy). It seems like she’s gone in these stages pretty much all of the time that she’s been eating solids.

The meat and cheese are being consumed while the lettuce and bread are thrown onto the floor.

Most recently, she hated meat and vegetables at the same time. She got over the meat part and is now eating that like a champ, but not so much on the vegetables. Broccoli used to be one of her favorite foods and now she takes one bite and throws it. She’ll eat small things like peas and cut up carrots like in ham friend rice, but many other vegetables. It’s been going on for a few months now, which is long enough to make me worried.

I know it’s pretty early to be worrying about such things (with Peanut being only 15 months old), but I want to set good habits for the future. I want her to grow up to be one of those people who eats more than their daily five fruits and vegetables. Not only that, I want her to be the kind of person who enjoys eating her daily five.

So how do you get your children to eat more vegetables?

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2 thoughts on “Baby-led Weaning Wednesdays: Vegetable Question

  1. We’ve gone through this and I think the biggest thing is they don’t like the texture of some foods. That all keeps changing and then they start to like the things they did and then didn’t and then do again 🙂
    The only thing you can really do is offer and give them healthy options and what goes in is this up to them but at least you’ve offered healthy options. Sometimes I have luck with soup filled with veggies and then I feed it to them. Takes more effort but anything to get it in them sometimes.
    Good luck!

  2. You know, toddlers are infamous for being very picky eaters. Just keep providing them options and they’ll eat when they are ready.

    It’s not uncommon for a toddler and even a child to go on food jags where they only eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or only eat burritos etc. Sometimes toddlers will go through hunger strikes too where they will only eat a very small amount of food for weeks on end.

    Also, growth spurts really slow down around 12 months so they may really not be that hungry anymore.

    Just keep providing healthy options and relax. If she isn’t hungry or doesn’t like what is provided let it go. Remind her that what’s there is what’s for dinner and if she really is hungry, she’ll eat.

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