Toddler Eating Habits

I recently posted about the boys’ eating habits and how it completely stresses me out. I’ve heard this multiple times, from multiple moms.

It’s because we care so darn much.

I made all of the boys’ baby food. They ate all kinds of purred goodness. Veggies and fruits galore. They ate their purred vegetables with little problem. If it was plain green beans or peas, we’d usually add a little applesauce and they would gobble it down.

Not anymore. Nope. No way. No how.

When we started to transition to more solid foods and actual whole foods, that’s when things seemed to go downhill. What is really bugging me, is that The Nuggets seem to be eating less and less. I try really hard to stay away from the “easy” items like hot dogs and chicken nuggets. That is just processed junk and if they eat it on occasion, I’m okay with it but I definitely don’t want it to be a staple item in their weekly diet. I’m running out of ideas though. I’ve utilized multiple mom blogs (here, here and here) blog eat Neither likes any type of vegetable any more. Green beans, peas, carrots, squash, zucchini, broccoli… NOTHING.

Corbin will eat carrots w/honey on occasion. I’ve shred veggies up and tried to incorporate it into a casserole but that only works for a few bites and then they’re done. Pasta, potatoes, beans, quinoa and rice are a resounding NO. Weston spits it out if I can even get him to put it into his mouth. I made whole wheat couscous the other day. Little, tiny balls of pasta and he GAGGED when I snuck in a bite. Corbin ate the couscous but hated the beans. He won’t eat pasta or rice either.

They don’t even like tortillas!? Do they realize they live in Texas?!

Fruit is a yes. Always a yes, so they get fruit with every meal. I’ve started bringing back those pouches of purred food for snacks because at least I can get some veggies in that way. blog eat II The newest trick they have is to let their tongue hang out and shake their head back and forth, in a “no-no” fashion, as food flies from their mouth. Can you understand my frustration? blog eat III Every article I read, says not to get frustrated. Don’t make it a fight. Offer them foods and if they don’t eat it, offer something else but, at the next meal. Babies/toddlers will not starve themselves. They can actually go up to a week on a “strike”.

But it stresses me O U T !

I made a smoothie for breakfast this morning that consisted of Stoneyfield vanilla yogurt (the best), strawberries, banana and spinach and they gobbled it up. Probably because it was sweet and they were overjoyed to be using a stripped straw.  Weston wouldn’t even take the straw out of his mouth – he would pause and take breaths and then proceed sucking the thing down. In all of 7 minutes flat.  Corbin drank it, albeit a little slower. I’m thinking I should just offer more smoothies with a variety of greens? XOXO 5E1F90B120FB20C197CC10E4FF74EF96

Pictures

I’m a little behind here..

5 people!
Sweet Irish munchkins

Oh yeah and Corbin is officially a roller!

He makes the funniest faces 🙂 He has had the ability to roll over but wasn’t a fan for about a month. Now Cor’s taken to rolling over a bit more. He’s not quite as strong as Weston (who has been rolling for almost a month now) but he’s making an effort. He even took two naps on his belly yesterday!
Weston slept pretty much all night last night -woke at 10pm to eat and Corbin was up once around 2:30. Both woke around 6:30.  Making progress.
I found a link yesterday on Pinterest of a momma that followed the “child led eating” philosophy. Her daughter, who is only 6 months old, eats everything. Not puréed fruit and veggies either. Omletes. Corn on the cob. Chicken off the bone (or remnince) I was flabbergasted. Is that really an option??? 
Www.simplebites.com/how-I-discovered-and-embraced-baby-led-weaningfeeding-bwl/
This led to more googling…
And another mommy…
Www.ahealthysliceoflife.com/2012/03/27/our-adventure-with-baby-led-weaning/
Crazy! What a concept! My aunt mentioned that she did this with her third kiddo and that my cousin didn’t really show much interest in food until about 9 months. (Note: my cousin is 13 so this idea has been around for a while.) I know babies get their nutrients from formula/BM and that food is for practice for pretty much the first year, so why not let them practice with real foods?
I might be down for this practice if I was the one feeding them all of the time. Unfortunately, I cannot since I work and I would be ultra paraniod having the nanny be responsible. 
But that doesn’t mean we can’t do both, right? Puréed and whole foods on occasion?
The boys are still not 6 months yet or sitting up unassisted and although they are starting to intently watch us eat, they haven’t actually tried to grab any foods from us. So we’re quite there yet.
I tell you what, since becoming a parent I’ve had a LOT of eye opening revelations and I know everyone has their opinion on how to do things but these are my Nuggets and we just might try it out!
Xoxo – Lindsey