Healthy eating for fussy toddlers


I had a fantastic appetite. I ate everything Mummy gave me. She cooked all my food herself, and from very early on I had all fruits and vegetables, then chicken, cod and salmon. I have never been keen on beef.

I am still teething – I only have 13 teeth and I am two and a half! I am usually a bit poorly when I am teething, I get a stinky cold, and I go off my food.

Mummy used to worry terribly – scared that I wouldn’t get my appetite back. It sometimes takes a while, but Mummy has learnt a few tricks to try and keep me eating healthily until my appetite comes back.

Oh, I am still kind of lactose intolerant – I do tolerate dairy products such as small fromage frais and cheese, but I do not drink ordinary cows milk – I have Lactofree. It is full cows milk, with no lactose.

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Me aged 16 months old, February 2014

So, here our Mummy’s tips …

1. If I have a cold, bananas can make me gag, their texture is not good with a snotty cold. Sorry about that, but its not! Little satsumas are great, and full of Vitamin C to help fight a cold.

2. Blueberries. I love them. Sweet, juicy and full of antioxidants.

3. I LOVE baked, or dried fruits. Mummy does not give me any sweeties at all, but these 100% natural little beauties are delicious, there are a few brands like Urban Fruit,  the Bear range and others. I think I am having sweeties like big bro and sis.

4. Even if a packet says  ‘made with real fruit’ or ‘no added sugar’, check. The amount of added ‘stuff’ in some foods and snacks is unbelievable.

5. Hovis Best of Both bread contains calcium too! When I was seeing a Dietician, she recommended it as the only bread with calcium.

6. Ready Brek (or Tesco Instant Hot Oat Cereal) cereal also has added calcium. And vitamins and minerals, but nothing extra.

7. Birdseye cod fishfingers have a 100% natural coating, with no junk, and 100% cod.

8. As a treat – if I have chippies, Mummy buys oven ones with only potato and sunflower oil. NOTHING extra added 🙂 Tesco Value ones are a good example.

9. Avocados are literally a super super-fruit. Jam packed full of natural goodness. I don’t want them sometimes, so Mummy adds a little pear too. She thinks I don’t know about it 😉 When I was younger, she mashed them together, now she hides the avocado on the fork behind the pear. Yes Mummy, I do see it! She also tells me it is what makes Hulk green – he eats it. That does usually work!

10. Squeezy pouches such as Cow & Gate or Ella’s Kitchen fruit or veg are a good hit of my 5 a day if all else fails! Mummy mixes a veg one with a fruit one if I am being extremely fussy.

11. There are mini tins of Disney shaped pasta which have one of my 5 a day, with no added junk. Useful as a stand by, with baked potato and peas.

12. Mummy gives me some peas or carrots or other vegetables with most things. Pasta, chips, potato, even cheese.

I used to have an incredibly sensitive tummy, so Mummy has always had to be extra careful about what I eat. When I am eating normally. I love my chicken, veg, proper dinners, eggs etc, these tips are to keep me eating healthy when my appetite dips. Don’t forget, please don’t worry, us tots usually get our full appetite back.





  1. Ooooh, good tips! We’re still in the early stages and it’s difficult to know how fussy our tot is going to be yet. Textures seem to be a trigger though.
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  2. Oooh I will come back here in about a years time hopefully and read these again, thanks for the good tips!
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  3. Some great tips. Jack seems to be getting fussier as he gets older -agh!
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  4. Great tips….Very interesting to read….There was some things that I didn’t know there 🙂 x
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  5. Little Pudding has been busy from the start, and teething and getting poorly has been a real problem. I love these tips so we’ll be giving them a go x
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  6. We love Urban Fruit too! It helped right through weaning and beyond. I now use it as a snack. Great tips!
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  7. Great tips! Some days I have a toddler who eats everything, other days he can be so fussy. Dried fruit are one of the tastiest snacks 🙂 x
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  8. Great post- I’m going through this stage and consistently have to be creative with food for my little one- so much so that I blog and vlog about it! X

  9. Really great tips. Guacamole is a different way to serve avocado and veges can be dipped in. Thanks for sharing #TheList

  10. It’s so worrying when little ones won’t or can’t eat their food. So sensible to have a lot of backup plans for meals.
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  11. Good tips ,we are having problems with our son eating it can be so hard.

  12. These sound like some great tips, I wonder if they would work on my fussy other half as well.
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  13. OOh a fishfinger sandwich or me if I am feeling under the weather x
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  14. I really like the way you have written this post using your child’s voice. There are some lovely ideas and tips too.
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  15. Aaw bless her.

    I have a fussy eater but he’s a fruit and veg lover thankfully x x
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  16. great tips here, I have a pair of blueberry loving toddlers too!
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  17. Fab tips, Baby is really fussy, such hard work. Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList x
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  18. some great tips! My youngest at 2 and a half isn’t really that fussy anymore thankfully so mealtimes are usually peaceful these days
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  19. Good tips – Adam only has his last set of molars to come out, and lately he turned from a keen eater to a little fussy monster – he only wants to drink his milk all the time :/
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  20. Sebby will eat anything, it is 7 year old Isaac that is the fuss pot!
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  21. It sounds like you Mummy feeds you very well 🙂
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  22. Very good tips there, I do think with fussy eaters there is always a way to make sure they are eating pretty healthily. My kids are older but I only have one fussy eater. I don’t worry too much because she loves her fruit and vegetables.
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  23. Great tips. I am really lucky with my boys, but if they are ever being picky then I live them something to dip and they are happ
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  24. As always full of amazing tips for toddlers that are fussy eaters. I will have to send to my sister in law for my niece as she is a nightmare with food. Great post. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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  25. I like your alternative food ideas. All organically awesome. X
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  26. Some really great tips here
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  27. Thanks the Lord my kids are not fussy and don’t have any allergies either, I know I am very lucky. Mich x
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  28. Great tips there, well done, your tot is getting a very varied and healthy diet and it’s all credit to you, mummy!xx
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