My Child, a Picky Eater? No!
It was bound to happen. I was just starting to feel smug about having a baby who would eat anything. I was casually feeding her everything off of my plate, introducing her to new flavors every day, and watching with pride as she tossed everything in her mouth without a second thought. Curry? No problem. Cauliflower? Love it!
But you know what happens to people who feel smug about their parenting.
This week, BabyC started taking one look at the curry and cauliflower and immediately chucking it to the floor. This is when experienced parents get to have a little laugh over the fact that I had already congratulated myself on evading the picky eater problem. What was I thinking?
I’m trying not to make a big deal about it. I’m trying not to say to BabyC, “When did you become such a picky eater?!” I’m pretending not to care – just trying to teach her not to throw her food and push it to the side instead. And I’m not going to rush out to buy chicken nuggets and boxed macaroni and cheese, which I hear all toddlers will eat. I’m going to keep offering her what we’re eating and hope for the best.
There was a bright spot yesterday. Husband was giving BabyC some chunks of baked sweet potato for dinner and left one chunk on a spoon by her tray while he went to refill the bowl. When he turned around, she was casually eating her sweet potato with a spoon. He scooped up another bite for her and layed the spoon back down on the tray, and she picked it up and neatly stuck it in her mouth. This went on for twenty minutes, and BabyC ate a lot of sweet potato during that time. This is the girl who has never been interested in being fed with a spoon and who hardly touched her sweet potatoes at lunch.
So, what have I learned these last few days? I’ve learned to never assume you’ve figured something out with a baby, because chances are, she’ll change things up on you tomorrow (I think I knew that already but somehow managed to forget). I’ve learned that practicing something new is all-consuming to a baby, whether that new thing is throwing food on the floor or eating food with a spoon. I’ve learned not to rush a baby to try something new but to give her the opportunity and enjoy the surprise when she picks up the spoon and starts using it.
I ran across a few blog posts about picky eaters this morning. They made me feel a little better, bu I hope that this is really just a brief phase. Please?
I Want My Kid to Eat More French Fries by Melanie Reh
Two Foodie Parents, One Picky Eater by Candy Schulman
Any words of advice from those of you who have been there? Are some kiddos picky eaters despite the best examples set by foodie parents?