Has Your Hearty Eater Got Fussy?

by Sarah on September 19, 2013

fussy eater?

Much to the amusement of our family and friends our son has always enjoyed his food. In the early days of weaning I sometimes thought he might spontaneously combust from the excitement of trying a new flavour and the boy still likes to have a good old dig in the bin for left-overs given half the chance (I kid you not)…

…And whilst he still has a very large appetite, we’ve discovered of late that Dylan’s tastes have become somewhat more refined – in that he has an opinion now on what he wants to and will eat! Instead of being grateful for every morsel of food that’s presented to him, the boy actually now tells me if he’s going to eat it or not. Spaghetti is always greeted with an “Um!” (yum) whilst anything that’s not pasta, meat or tomato related might sometimes be met with an “Um” but is now just as likely to be met with a “Nooo” and a head shake.

His new-found vocab further adds to the mealtime pressures as he now commands a “nahna” or “abpple” instead of his main meal and the little tinker has also worked out how to get into his food cupboard (just his – not any of the others with the exact same catch!) so I feel I’m constantly grappling Cheerio’s and biscotti’s out of his paws just ahead of dinner time!

I am grateful Dylan still likes to eat and that the amount of food isn’t a battle, it’s just a little disheartening that he’s become so opinionated on the kind of food his willing to eat, especially when I’ve taken time to prepare it. I certainly don’t want to fall into the trap of prepping meals to order…but I guess at only 17 months we’re a long way off that habit!

Are you finding your toddler’s becoming a fussy eater or have you always had a battle over mealtimes? Any tips for how to deal with this? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Love Sarah xxx

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Sophie Prescott September 20, 2013 at 11:14 am

Both my girls went through the exact same thing and despite this my 6 year old daughter is now a well rounded eater and will pretty much try and eat anything. My 3 year old, however, has decided that she will not eat dinner this month, what-so-ever and even a bribes will not work (naughty mummy)! I hope this is just a ‘stage’ and she will grow out of it…eventually! It is really testing my patience having to throw away perfectly good dinners but I think patience is the key..it won’t last forever..I’ll just have to grin and bear it! Lol!

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Sarah September 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Thanks Sophie, that’s good to know – I really hope like yours it’s a phase. Wish Dylan was at bribing age…but instead I no longer battle. If he doesn’t want what’s in front of him I simply offer banana, cereal or a jam sandwich as he’ll eat those. Probably not the best idea in regards to parenting but I need his tummy full for bed! xx

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