PARENTING: 31 reasons your little one won't eat the food you just spent forever making them

24 May 2016
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Ever slaved away making a meal only to find your toddler refuses to eat it? Yep. Welcome to motherhood.

And here’s 31 reasons why they won’t want to eat your gourmet organic hand-made delicious and nutritious offering:

  1. They want to play with their train.
  2. They don't like tomatoes.
  3. They need to go to the toilet.
  4. They don't want to sit down.
  5. The weather is hot.
  6. The weather is cold.
  7. Their left ear is itchy.
  8. They filled up on snacks only 20 minutes ago.
  9. They're getting sick.
  10. They are sick but can't talk yet so can't tell you.
  11. They just don't feel like eating.
  12. They have a wet soggy nappy which is really uncomfortable.
  13. They want to play outside.
  14. They are angry because Johnny stole their toy car at playgroup yesterday.
  15. They're stressed out because you're stressed out.
  16. They are frightened to eat because you always get mad at them for making a mess and they don't know how to eat without making a mess so it's easier just not to eat.
  17. They want to eat peanut butter pasta and only peanut butter pasta because they've learned they can start being bossy and it's fun.
  18. They are so tired that the act of sitting down and eating is too exhausting to even think about.
  19. They are wearing a red t-shirt and they want to wear the blue one.
  20. You put the red bib on them but they want to wear the spotty bib.
  21. There is too much noise going on and they would really just like you to turn the TV down and for everyone to chill out.
  22. They have filled up on too many sultanas.
  23. They have constipation and feel full.
  24. They stole all Johnny's snacks at daycare today and now they are full.
  25. They don't like your t-shirt.
  26. They're wondering when dad is coming home.
  27. They don't like the colour of the kitchen tiles.
  28. Their feet can't touch the floor which makes them uncomfortable.
  29. They want to go to bed.
  30. They've had a crappy day.
  31. They genuinely just don't feel hungry.

The moral of the story?

Don't take it personally when kids don't eat the food you've made them!

There are so many reasons they won't eat the food, many out of our control, that all we can do is pat ourselves on the back and say, ‘We tried!’

What do you do to make sure your child eats well?

You might also like: the number 1 way to get your fussy eater eating, 12 veggie smuggler recipes for fussy eaters, and simple ideas for fun family mealtimes.

Written by

Tara Leong

Tara Leong is a university-qualified nutritionist renowned for her no-nonsense approach to nutrition and health. A new mum and keen cook, she debunks popular nutrition myths, teaching people how to live a healthy life without the fad diets. Tara is passionate about advocating a fear-free and guilt-free way of eating because life is too short not to enjoy a slice of chocolate cake. Find Tara on Facebook at The Nutrition Guru and the Chef and at Baby Guru Nutrition. To book a consultation with Tara, head to

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