Dear parents and parenting specialists. What to do if my son doesn't want to eat porridge/cereal? We try everything, we want him to eat buckwheat, millet, oatmeal, muesli and semolina, but he refuses. In need of advice.
That in itself is nothing to worry about. You may continue to offer cereal occasionally, without pushing or feeling any alarm if it is rejected.
A nutritionally balanced repertoire, with enough variety to keep things interesting, is what you should be aiming for.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has built a website aimed at parents, www.healthychildren.org. In the section called Healthy Living, there is a section on toddler and preschooler nutrition, which says, in part:
Toddlers and preschoolers grow in spurts and their appetites come and go in spurts, so they may eat a whole lot one day and then hardly anything the next. It's normal, and as long as you offer them a healthy selection, they will get what they need.
Our 3 year old doesn't like things that are mushy and would rather eat the cereal/granola dry with something to wash it down. It takes him a long time to eat it so our preference is scrambled eggs, toast and fruit or french toast and fruit.