When did your LO get picky?

Oh, we're done with all that vegetable-steaming and mess, our children are cutlery-wielding, spaghetti-chomping angels... at least some of the time.

When did your LO get picky?

When were they NOT picky?
6-9 months
9-12 months
12-18 months
18-24 months
2 years
3 years
4 or older
Not yet, knock wood
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When did your LO get picky?

Postby BLTMama » 26 Mar 2012, 04:11

Just curious (and always kinda wanted to make a poll :oops: )! Badger still (knock wood) will eat basically anything I put in front of her, and I just KNOW the picky phase is coming so I was curious when it all happened for everyone else. I gave four options so that you can vote multiple children.

For clarification, I mean a longish-term picky phase where there were very few things they would happily eat -- not just "OMG, it's been 6 days and s/he hasn't eaten any broccoli at ALL!" :D
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby mathsgirl » 26 Mar 2012, 05:07

Ive put 18-24 months. It was about when she started eating meals as opposed to just exploring food. In the early blw days she would try anything! Not so anymore. Her fussiness is also related to how hungry she is. I think she must be going through a growth spurt as she is eating foods at the moment that a few weeks ago would have got one or two mouthfuls and then pushed away. Its when she has an eating phase like this that it reminds me to just trust her, although her fussiness does drive me crazy!
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby CherryPop » 26 Mar 2012, 05:35

I put 12-18 months, unfortunately. We went through some big transitions there - a couple of nasty bugs, and he started nursery. It just went downhill from there :(
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby elaruu » 26 Mar 2012, 05:50

9-12 months for A, and he still is very picky at 3 :( . We went on holiday to Australia for 6 weeks at 9 months and he got a bug on the way. That and the jetlag really seemed to hit him for 6 and he never really picked up his eating. Until then he was eating really well (just starting to seem to eat for hunger) :? and he started actual swallowing of food early on too. We had some minor improvements with the range of food he would eat when he briefly went to nursery at age 2.5, and he is better now than he has been, but still not very good.

Still going strong with J at age 12 months. He eats everything and seems to want food all the time. Hope it lasts much longer than it did with A!
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby Nix » 26 Mar 2012, 06:52

Harvey 12 months and jasper not yet!
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby difdif » 26 Mar 2012, 06:54

Between 2 and 3 DS2 started being much more picky. Will no longer eat favourite foods if there are green specks (herbs, veg) in them. Will really prefer just cheesy pasta, fishcakes/fishfingers and risotto. But he still eat most meals at nursery so partly a social thing?
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby Disco » 26 Mar 2012, 08:04

I put 12-18 month. I think it was closer to 18 months that it started and slowly got worse. I still don't pander to it at dinner time. We make grown up meals and if he doesn't eat anything then tough - he can get fruit after. <tough nut emoticon> but I think I pander to him more at lunch time, breakfast usually isn't a problem as he likes the 3 different things we might have :oops:
But every now and then at dinner he surprises us and tries something I never thought he would so I think its worth not making something I know he'll eat. I have faith he'll come out of it ONE day!!!
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby Eleanor » 26 Mar 2012, 11:02

I've put '4 or older' - not that she is what I'd call picky even now, but it's only now that she's got a few picky friends at school that she's started saying "I don't eat x..." at home. It's only a bit of social experimentation though - she will still usually eat the offending item when I tell her there's nothing else :wink:
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby ches » 26 Mar 2012, 11:04

Does the first 18-24 months of "you expect me to eat this when there's a boob in the room?" count?
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby ToothFairy » 26 Mar 2012, 12:42

For Dilly I chose "when were they not picky", he's a nightmare and always has been. Elsie started off really well, but then got picky somewhere between 12-18 months.
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby BigFlower » 26 Mar 2012, 12:45

I went 18-24 months as that was when I was first told "no thank you....little bit disgusting" when I asked her if she was going to try some cauliflower cheese!

But generally, even though there are things she eats and doesn't eat generally speaking I don't think of her as a "fussy" child IYSWIM. I don't worry about what we would eat if we went out somewhere or to someone's house as I know there will (probably) be *something* she will eat and if not she's not hungry or there is always a glass of milk. So I also voted "not yet, knock on wood"!
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby Spanner » 26 Mar 2012, 13:38

It's only age 4 plus that DS started eating 'normally' and that still doesn't mean he eats everything by any means - just that he will eat stuff that most kids eat like pasta with stuff on, pizza, chilli, roast chicken... He still wouldn't touch something like cauliflower cheese or risotto. DD generally eats quite well and always has.
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby AwayinaChive » 26 Mar 2012, 13:42

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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby catkin » 26 Mar 2012, 15:38

Pickiness is in the eye of the beholder, I think.
Mouse never eats meat unless it's mince or sausages; i think some people might say he's picky because of that, but we just see it as a matter of taste iyswim? There are many things he does eat.
But perhaps we haven't hit a proper picky phase and i'll know it when it hits us!
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Re: When did your LO get picky?

Postby gallicgirl » 01 Apr 2012, 21:02

Wondering if DD is getting a bit picky at 14 months, BUT she eats everything at nursery. This weekend though she has only eaten rice cakes, biscuits and fruit and has been refusing her meals in the hope I will give her fruit....perhaps.
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