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When I try to feed my son (15 mo) veggies he refuses to eat them. He will spit out everything except mashed potatoes. Any suggestioins?

Children can be very hard to feed! If your son is growing normally, and has plenty of energy to play and learn, he is probably getting what he needs. Remember that he learns primarily by example, so if you consume more whole grain foods, fruit and vegetables, he may eventually be persuaded to do the same. Keep offering your children healthy options each day even if they do not chose to eat them. Research has shown that children often have to be offered a new food multiple times before they will taste it! Since you son does enjoy mashed potatoes, try offering with another fruit or vegetable at the same time or mashed sweet potatoes. Click here for suggestions on feeding picky eaters.

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