My little man enjoying zucchini (one of his favorite foods), tomatoes, and vidalia onions. As a mom that would still eat chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, and pizza every day if you would let me this makes me so proud!
I've talked about Chase's eating habits a little bit on here before. Today, I want to talk about our feeding strategy. You can read one of my favorite blogs, Raise Healthy Eaters, "why every parent needs a feeding strategy if you click here.
One of my mommy group friends told me about this website that has saved us! I actually printed out the section for how to feed children 11-36 months to have at our table to remind us.
I know when you first start feeding your baby the doctors and books tell you that children need to try something 15-20 times before they like it. But, gerber, has figured out how to make their stuff irresistible! I made a lot of Chase's food with the baby bullet and he learned to like most of it but if gerber made it he couldn't get enough!
Then he started wanting to be a big boy and refused the spoon. There was a stressful time period when all he would eat was gerber snack foods. We just kept giving him different foods to try and one day he started eating them! Our feeding strategy is to keep putting lots of healthy foods on his tray and hope that he learns to like them!
Another thing I have learned from my two favorite websites, that I already gave links to above, is you don't have to show your child how to eat or put the food in their mouth. They naturally want to eat what you are eating and put everything in their mouths anyways. This has been kind of hard because mommy doesn't want to share her cupcake or cookie, which I think these websites would probably tell me I should do! Every time I eat anything little man wants some!
I gotta go get Chase up from his afternoon nap. Check out the division of responsibility on Ellyn's page. Parents decide when and what their children eat, children decide how much of it they want to eat. You always plan to include something you know your child will eat but you don't become a short order cook.
I hope I'm not jinxing myself and we are able to have a healthy eater for life! I know it will get hard but we've got a plan!