She USED To Eat Her Vegetables

My 15-month-old used to eat veggies, but lately, she's been feeding them to the dog.

I must admit, I secretly congratulated myself when a friend told me she was trying to find new ways to "hide" vegetables in her toddler's meals.  "Not a problem for me," I thought to myself.  "Lauren eats her vegetables, no problem."  Well, now there's a problem.  Just about a month after my friend disclosed her vexing vegetable conundrum, and I'm facing the same thing. 

Lauren, now 15 months old, USED to eat her vegetables.  I could put peas on her plate with the pleasure of knowing, she would eat them all.  Last night, she fed the peas to the dog, laughing as she deliberately dropped each one.  Mommy wasn't laughing.   It seems every vegetable I put in front of her she leaves on her plate these days.  Except for the spinach I add into her eggs and quesadillas.  I guess I have some covert vegetable operations of my own!

It's not fresh produce she's opposed to.  Lauren will eat fruit all day long and never declare "all done."  Note the blueberry-picking photo above.  I'm so glad she loves fruit.  I just wish she'd learn to love vegetables, again. Then again, her teachers at school surprised me by telling me she ate her green beans Tuesday.  She had shunned them at home the night before.

Can anyone offer this stumped mommy advice? 

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  • by nn on Aug 21, 2011 at 12:24 AM
    I do agree to put the dog outside and if your daughter is hungry she'll eat them. Thanks for recommending the spinich! I always put it in my husbands omlets and never thought of doing so for my daughter. I also agree with the fruit/veggie juice. My daughter is picky with her greenbeans pepper salt and butter usually does well and I feed her veggies first. And with carrots I put a little cinnimon and brown sugar on them. She enjoys noodles with a good sauce and cut up broccoli. Also a little spanking and some "no nos" when she throws them on the floor always helps :)
  • by confused Location: ENC on Aug 5, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    I really hate to say things like this in print, here goes. Just how stupid are you? put the dog outside or in another part of the house. When the child gets hungry, it'll eat what you feede it. very simple, VERY SIMPLE, PUT THE DOG OUT!
  • by Kris Location: Sycamore, IL on Jul 19, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    Hi Heather! I know it is frustrating..but I had to laugh. Lauren is just learning her power to pick. As RG says below..it will pass...but it will come back again.You and Chris just keep enjoying your veggies and don't pay too much attn. If you keep offering her a good mix where she sees choices, she will always have something good to pick..and those ignored will have their day again too! Kris
  • by CK Stokes Location: United States on Jul 13, 2011 at 05:10 PM
    Don't sweat it. I've got a 15 month old, too. Try diced tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes. My kid loves them, even will pick them off a plate that has grapes and tomatoes on it. Mine started throwing peas as well as corn but if I feed it to her off my plate, it's all good. Good luck!
  • by Rebecca Gray on Jul 13, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    This is just a phase. Keep offering them to her in smaller amounts. Eventually she will start eating them again, I promise, it will pass!!!! I have gone through this with all three of my children.
  • by Smoothie on Jul 13, 2011 at 10:39 AM
    Juice vegetables and fruit together and make a smoothie. Most kids will drink it and not even know that it is good for them!
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