Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My Picky Eater

Finally, a non-medical related post!

So, if you’ve followed along here for long enough, you know that Trenton is an extremely picky eater.  Like crazy extreme.  For example, he likes chicken nuggets, but only the dinosaur shaped ones.  He likes cheese pizza without sauce, but only cut into rectangles. 

I have tried and tried and tried and tried to get Trenton to try new foods.  I have a marble jar app on my phone that I used as incentive.  He would get a marble every time he tried a new food.  And he “tried” quite a few.  But he immediately spit out almost every new food that he put in his mouth.

I was at wits end trying to get him to eat new things.  Dinner time was a stressful mess.

Then I came up with a new plan.

Trenton loves Legos.

I told Trenton that we were going to start a list that I was going to hang up on the wall.  The list would be of new foods that Trenton tried and LIKED.  And once he made it to ten new foods that he liked, he could get a new Lego set.

It took a little while, and there were things that Trenton tried that he didn’t like, but we have filled the list!

His list may not be impressive as Charlotte’s (who had to have her own list and has filled it with things like calamari, crab, black olives, and fried shrimp), but it’s a start.

New Foods that Trenton Likes:
1. Applesauce
2. Cheese Pizza without Sauce cut into TRIANGLES
3. White Cranberry Peach Juice
4. Spaghetti without sauce (finally got him to eat some sort of pasta!)
5. Apples with peels (yay for not having to peel apples anymore!)
6. Raisin Bread
7. French Toast
8. Banana “Ice Cream” (frozen banana blended to the consistency of soft serve)
9. Cinnamon Apples
10. Carrots (this one really surprised me!)

And getting a new Lego set has made him want to try to earn another one!

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Who knows what will make it on to the next list!


Jen said...

I was an extremely picky eater growing up, it drove my parents crazy.

Nicole said...

Great idea. Incentives work! I like this one!

Jenn said...

Love this! And solidarity, sister. Sam is so picky it makes me insane, but Molly will eat your arm if you leave it in front of her long enough. Ready for this phase to be O-V-E-R.

Hilary @ Peanut Butter Spoonfuls said...

What a good system! I love that cutting pizza into triangles counts. I was super picky too and would only eat pizza if all the cheese and toppings were scraped off and only if it never had any toppings other than cheese to begin with. My parents taste-tested me blind once and I knew which pizza used to have pepperoni, which used to be supreme, etc.

Mrs.B said...

This is awesome! Em is an awesome eater, she will eat basically anything. BUT that makes me think Maddie is going to picky because there's just no way I'll get that lucky.

Yay for Trenton!!

Shannon said...

This is a fantastic idea and one I just may need to use on Taylor once she's a bit older.

Taylor will only eat Tyson chicken other form of chicken will yes, I totally relate to this.


Ashley said...

I love the incentive! Luckily for us, our kids aren't too picky, and eat more like Charlotte. S will actually BEG us to get her calamari, and knows that its squid! But she won't eat peanut butter ... kids!!

I'll Love You Forever said...

Always got to have one picky eater right? My oldest is that way. Haha. Love your idea with Legos. My boys love legos, will have to try it out!