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Works For Me Wednesday- Dip It!

worksformewednesday.jpg I am hearing Devo in my head. Anyone else? (dip it, whip it….no…sorry) That is neither here nor there. This is a getting toddler’s to eat tip. Don’t you just love those. I have yet to meet a mom who at some point doesn’t have some struggle over food. Except for Big Binder. Her kids seem to eat anything. I hate her just a little for that (Jen I love you and I would never say bad things about you when you are stuck home with a sick husband, sick kids and even, yes, a sick dog).

So Lily is picky, picky, picky. She always has been, but I am hoping she won’t always will be. Hannah on the other hand seems to eat anything you put in front of her. Now she throws food on the floor and tries to climb up on the table on a regular basis so meal time is not problem free, but still I will take that over screaming “Why is there something green on my chicken, it looks gross, I WANT CHICKEN NUGGETS!!!!” Not that I would ever let a child say such things (ahem).

Anyway, lately Hannah has started protesting about the most mundane food. Oddly enough she is still eating the weird stuff, but won’t eat plain chicken or apples. Odd. However, I have a major secret weapon. She will eat anything if she can dip it in something. And it doesn’t even have to be a “real” thing. Tonight she ate steak simply because I told her I was dipping in something on my plate, when there was really nothing there. The other night she dipped apples in teriyaki sauce. Just for the record, I didn’t give her that combo, there was just some teriyaki left on the hubby’s plate. Today we did apples in peanut butter, toast in jelly, steak in….air. Just saying “Look, mommy dipped it” makes her cute little face light up.

Now here is the downside. Apparently this trick will not work with all children. Lily will not dip her food in anything. She refuses ketchup with her fries, won’t dip chicken in BBQ sauce, and won’t dip anything in ranch dressing. We are checking into a possible switch at birth. Seriously, I would dip brussel sprouts in ranch dressing and chow down. I am actually a firm believer that all things taste better with ranch and Lily, she won’t even give it a taste. So while I stand by the brilliance of my dipping deception, I cannot guarantee it’s results. Which is really a shame, cause the lifetime guarantee was only going to cost you an extra $39.95.

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Comments

  1. goodideamomma says:

    Best of luck. I’ve got nothing. My oldest cannot stand anything that looks burnt or has any sort of breading on it. So anything grilled, forget it. She will eat steak, but the chicken has to be rinsed off. And as for those chicken nuggets, she will pick all the breading off of it! Oh, and don’t get me started on how one food cannot touch another!! She has no idea how good she really has it!

  2. My 21-month-old is so picky, as well. She won’t eat anything that ISN’T breaded as far as chicken/meat is concerned. She JUST RECENTLY tried mac’n’cheese for the first time and loves it. She is definitely into dipping. I have found if I put something on her plate and a dip and just ignore it, she’s much more likely to give it a try. That doesn’t mean she’ll eat more of it after trying it, but she’ll at LEAST try it, which is more than I can say for most days.

    As for the ranch, I might drink ranch if I got the notion…especially the ranch at Chili’s. I won’t mention that my OB told me to go easy on salad dressing. He said regular ranch has more calories in 2 TB than an entire double quarter pounder with cheese. OUCH!

  3. mytotalchaos says:

    I feel for you. My oldest is the pickiest eatier I have ever met. One day he loves something… the next he utters “I don’t like it!” I’m so tired of hearing those four words. He will happily eat margarine/butter, ketchup, and ranch though but he won’t dip. ERR! :) I only wish that dipping would solve his pickiness. Glad to hear that you have found (at the least) a temporary fix.

  4. canearl says:

    I totally thought I might beat you tonight- I got in at 11!! First and probably the last time I’ll ever be this high.
    I’ll have to try this with my oldest. Seriously- he just tried scrambled eggs and grapes- this week. He’s almost 5!!!! If I never see another chicken nugget in my life it’ll be too soon.

  5. Nicole says:

    My kids will TRY anything if there’s dip, too! (again, they might not eat much of it, but they’ll try it.) And it’s usually Ranch dressing, which to me and them goes with just about anything.

    Tonight, we had meatloaf for dinner (with some hidden veggies) and my 5 year old took a bite and said he didn’t like it. I suggested he dip it in the ketchup I’d put on his plate, and after that, he not only ate it all, HE ASKED FOR SECONDS. I nearly fainted.

    My boys will eat rice only if there is sweet-n-sour sauce.

  6. Great tip! It worked for my first two kiddos, but not for my 2-year-old. She just dips and licks, and never actually chews anything!

  7. LOL! My kids are the eat-anything kind of kids. :) Yes, I feel smug. lol (Although I have one who hates to try new foods. We have to force the first bite down him and then he inhales the rest, because wouldn’t you know it? We knew what we were talking about! Imagine. ) Anyway, I get complaints if I try to serve the same food two days in a row. Imagine! Toddlers wanting variety!?!?

  8. Whip it, whip it good! Yeah, I was with ya!!

    Anywho, I was one of those kids who HATED dipping. I hated for my food to be mushy or wet. I still don’t eat ketchup, mayonaise or mustard, and have only recently started using ranch. And I’m thirty-mmnlksdfjptasdf.

    I have a niece who is that picky and it drives me nuts. Her momma doesn’t seem to mind though. It would drive me nuts. Oh, did I already say that? Hopefully our little one doesn’t get too picky. So far so good.

  9. You know what, when I was little I had food rules that had to be adhered to. I say little, but by that I mean, until I was about 20. They are as follows:

    1) The food must not be touching. Those paper plates with different sections so gravy and juices don’t run over? Brilliant.

    2) I had to use a different fork or spoon for each thing. For example, if I had potatoes and chicken, I had two different forks. I eventually graduated to being able to use the same one on different foods, but not with plastic. Then, the original rules still apply.

    3) Fruit and cheese could not be anywhere near each other.

    4) Any evidence of blueberries or green beans would void the whole meal.

    5) Pizza and hamburgers were to be eaten top down. That is, pick off all the toppings, eat them, then the cheese, then the crust. For burgers, firs the bun, then the meat, then the other bun.

    Now I have renounced my old food laws. I totally see eating as an adventure. I have a pretty sensitive palate (like that phrase? It’s the new way to call yourself a food snob). I am predicting that Lily will be a famous food critic and restaurants will fall at her feet when she arrives. That or Queen. Food critic, or Queen. Either way the falling at her feet will happen.

    My kids are big dippers too, although A.P. has given up Ranch dressing which gives me hope. Eating everything is over-rated; look at my husband?! He thinks putting a ton of hot sauce or Lawry’s Seasoning Salt on everything makes it good. No, it makes it taste like hot sauce or Lawry’s and wipes out the flavor. Just say Lily has a refined palate instead.

  10. Yep, my 2 year old will now eat ALMOST anything as long as it’s dipped in ketchup or sour cream! Yuck! Oh well, at least she is eating, but then she climbs up on the table or runs around the table afterwards!!

  11. You know me. I’m all for the “whatever works” style of parenting. This sounds much better than what I do. Just give him a multi-vitamin and hope for the best……….

  12. SAHMmy Says says:

    Great tip! My son used to eat anything as long as it came with “sauce.” Haven’t dared try it on my seventeen month old yet–she’s in the “if I don’t like it I launch it” stage and I don’t want to have to clean ranch off the walls! Soon, though. Very soon :)

  13. Maybe she’s my child. I think everything tastes better when you dip it in something!

  14. Unfortunatley I don’t have this problem – hate me now – Clare eats anything and everything. Our biggest thing is we have bite rules, like she has to at least eat 5 bites of something before she can move on. Dip however does help, especially when dining out.

  15. I have one dipper and one nondipper as well. My nondipper is more adventurous about trying things than my dipper is. My rule has always been that you have to try everything at least once. Everybody eats the same thing for dinner, even if you don’t eat all of it. So far it’s working around here.

  16. And then there is always the toddler who eats the dip and leaves the food behind!

  17. Oh, yes. Dipping. It was a miracle-cure for my oldest, but I’d forgotten. Now, I have a secret weapon to use with my youngest picky eater. Thanks.

  18. Thanks Jill, not for the tip, but for the song that will be in my head FOR THE NEXT THREE DAYS!
    Dip it GOOD!

  19. Ahhh, the common bond between parents! My 11 and 5 year old will try and eat just about anything (except sweet potatoes…where did these kids COME from)….but my 9 year old won’t eat or TRY anything wet, mushy, dipped, dunked, spiced, sweet, sour, bitter, fizzy, or colorful. And if I hear one more person say “he’ll eat it if he’s hungry” I’ll scream….because….no he won’t. He has gone an entire day on ONE BOWL OF CEREAL because he refused to eat what I made for both lunch and dinner. As a result, his size 8 slim pants fall off him…..So now I try to offer healthy (kinda) alternatives that he can make himself for dinner (because I reFUSE to cook 2 different meals for him)…such as canned progressive noodle soup (it’s the only kind he’ll eat)…or a sandwich.

  20. It seems we are almost all in the same boat. I have one who will eat anything and everything and one who only eats pizza, chicken nuggets, ham, and anything sweet (which, thankfully, does include fruit). The picky one is a self proclaimed dipper when eating pancakes. When asked if he wants syrup on his pancakes, his retort is, “No, Mama, I am a dipper.”

  21. melissadphotography says:

    Just wanted to comment that I too, abhore condiments…so maybe that’s Lily’s issue. Even as a grown woman, I will not eat anything that has touched barbeque sauce, ketchup, mustard or pickles. I prefer ranch dip to dressing (just sour cream and ranch mix), unless it’s a salad! :) And I agree with the comment about Chili’s ranch…I love to dip my fries in the little blue bowl! YUM!!

    My pickiness used to drive my parents crazy (they loved that I wouldn’t order fish at Long John Silver’s…it’s still a classic line in our family: “Chicken at a fish restaurant!”), but eventually I got to a point where I could find one, two, or even three things at a restaurant that I’ll order. My husband, he’ll try something new everytime we go… :)

  22. Woogie says:

    I had a friend who convinced her daughter to eat by putting “sprinkles” on everything. The “sprinkles” were wheat germ. Whatever works!

  23. You are too funny!! Money back guartee,ROTFL!! I love your witticism!!

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