I just spent 1.5 hours slicing, dicing then sauteing and steaming some very healthy, and in my opinion, delicious food for my 12-month old. The same toddler who will undoubtedly try the food, then a) spit it out and/or b) throw it to the floor.
I say this because feeding my daughter these last few months has not been easy. It’s hard to not to get worked up about feeding your child when said child will only eat a bite or two at each meal. Keep in mind, this is simple fare and often food she has eaten before with great relish.
Although I do introduce new foods all the time. Or try to anyway.
No pretty sure this has to do with asserting her independence, which is fantastic! if it wasn’t just a wee bit stressful. And we know not to make a big deal of it. Not to force her to eat. To give her opportunities to feed herself, etc. We know all that.
It’s just. Please. Eat something. Anything other than Cheerios and watermelon. Which by the way, we’ve steered away from lately so that none of us start to depend on them as the go-to foods when all else fails.
Things have been slightly better. She’s trying things now, even if she does spit it out. This is leaps ahead of when she would simply turn her nose away and refuse to open her mouth. And she’s really exploring her food with her hands and is a pro at feeding herself. She’s even making attempts – clumsy but oh-so-cute attempts – at eating with a spoon.
Of course if she isn’t interested in the food I cooked up tonight, it won’t go to waste. We parents plan to eat it too. It’d just be nice if we could all share in the yum together. Here’s hoping. 🙂