I had just been reminded again about quite how restrictive Ben is about his food, back in September when I tried to attack his fussy eating head on it was very clear he had definite ideas of what he would and wouldn’t eat and that was the end of it.

As I have said before Ben won’t eat any fruit at all, the only veg he eats is if it is shaped potato (except chips) so the thing that keeps scurvy from the door is Frutapura and he will only eat the Fruit Cocktail flavour and in the pouches.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that the price for 4 pouches in Asda had gone from £1.61 up to £2.39, a huge jump when he eats at least 2 a day.  I asked Cow & Gate for a reason and was told (via their Facebook Page)

” The prices that you see in the supermarket are at the discretion of the individual retailer. We always aim to offer value for money and try to absorb as much as possible, despite cost pressures. However, ongoing investment in research and development and formulation improvements mean our cost prices have increased. If you would like to talk to us about this in more detail, please call us on 0800 977 4000″

I asked Asda and was told that prices have not increased since March 2011 and that the price has gone up to reflect their costs.  I looked around to find it has gone up in all the supermarkets.

So I decided that I would start using the pots as they are 10g bigger and much cheaper, what I hadn’t banked on was the Fussy Eater Club Chairperson would freak out quite as much.

Tonight I was giving him a snack dinner after he ate a proper (well proper in his limited diet world) lunch, so it was his guaranteed eats of crackers, fresh air crisps, frutapura & yoghurt.  But wait a minute *gasp* the frutiapura wasn’t in a sucky pouch, it was in a *der der derrrrr* POT!!!

And he said he wasn’t eating it as it was horrible, of course without trying it.  So we went back and forth and I thought I am not giving in as it is the same stuff.  So I told him he couldn’t have the rest of his dinner if he didn’t eat the frutapura first.

10 minutes later he agreed to taste it and before the spoon had even touched his lips he was spitting it out, this is when I really realised quite how bad this fear of food/obsession with no new things/fussy eating was.  Refusing a food he loves as it is in a different package.

He has just been put to bed after a tantrum, the time out mat (front door mat – inside!!) and various threats and cajoling but no frutapura from a pot eaten.

Can anyone tell me what I do now?  Buy the pouches as it is the only fruit he has or be firm and not give him breakfast tomorrow until he eats it?

In a way it is quite enlightening as it makes it clear the total nightmare I had with medicine a month ago was nothing to do with the taste but the idea it was different.

Now I may need a volunteer to pretend to be Santa tomorrow on the phone, as it may have slipped out that he would not be happy about this and might have to rethink leaving the toys he did.


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