It seems like everyone has an opinion on picky eaters. This series on Picky Eaters is not trying to change anyone’s mind or make anyone feel like less of a parent because they do things differently. This my story and what worked for our family. If you are struggling in this area, feel free to try some of my ideas. If you have your own tips to share, leave a comment or join our active discussion going on over at The Blog Frog.
Here is a little background on my children and picky eating.
DD #1 was a great eater as a baby. I fed her baby food from the store and she like almost everything (if I remember correctly). When she hit 18 months she decided to eat only dairy products and cereal. I didn’t know what to do so I just fed her dairy products and cereal. For almost a year she ate nothing but cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, and cheerios. Then, as quickly as it began it ended. She started eating anything and everything, and to this day loves to try new things. She doesn’t like raw tomatoes.
DS came along and he was a very sick baby. He had failure to thrive and at 4 months still looked like a newborn. He had terrible reflux and would projectile vomit after most of his feedings. Either that or he would just stop breathing… either way it wasn’t good. He wasn’t a big fan of baby food and I am not sure what he ate his first year. He was always on the small side of the growth chart and was developmentally delayed in almost every area. At some point he during his toddler stage he decided that he did like nuggets and fries. We were so excited that he was eating that we fed him nuggets and fries, ALL THE TIME! Since our daughter had gone through a similar phase two years earlier we figured this would pass and he would start eating other foods soon enough. Plus, our pediatrician encouraged this diet since we were finally getting him to eat something.
THREE YEARS LATER…. he was still basically living on a diet of nuggets and fries. We didn’t want to make food an issue, we didn’t want him to have weight problems later, we didn’t want him to fall off the growth chart.
But the nugget and fry diet was very inconvenient. When we would eat dinner at someone’s house my son wouldn’t it. If we went out, we had to go somewhere that had nuggets and fries.
Then I had baby #3 and all of a sudden I didn’t have time to make separate meals for my 4 year old. We had a crash course in trying different foods. There were lots of tears (especially by me) and eventually this child learned to try the food we put in front of him each night.
Nine years later he is my pickiest eater. But he eats. And he doesn’t complain…. much.
After all my struggles with my first son, I was determined not to a have a picky eater ruin dinners in our family anymore. I did not want fighting, tears, and struggles over food. As our family grew in size I realized that there was absolutely no way I could be a short order cook.
Coming up next…. A question from a reader
Do all of your 7 kids eat everything you make?? no sneaky eaters?? kudos to you..7 kids!
please let me know your secret to keeping them all happy!!