“Graham Crackers, Raisins, and Applesauce Only, Mommy!”

Back in September, Mason went through a cheese phase. I had read that it was normal for one-year-old kids to go through very finicky phases, but it was still super annoying. Now he’s in a new picky place. For the last two weeks, with very few exceptions, he  has refused to eat anything but organic apple-cinnamon graham crackers, applesauce, and raisins for dinner (left). He actually claps when he sees the graham cracker box. He eats a range of healthful foods for breakfast and lunch, but night after night he hands his dinner plate back to me minutes after I serve it to him. Usually his food is untouched, but sometimes he tosses a few pieces of the food on the floor for good measure. The experts would tell me to stop giving him snacks when he refuses a proper dinner, but we only just reached our weight goals and I’d hate to lose all that progress. At least he’s mastered the sippy cup.

I shared our conundrum on the High Chair Times Facebook page last Wednesday, and it seems like several of you have picky babes right now. “My pediatrician warned me that this would happen around 18 months,” said Karyn. “Boy was she right!” Good to know, Karyn. Our 18-month check-up isn’t for a few more weeks. “My 1 year old doesn’t eat much at home, but he eats everything they give him at school,” added Ella. I’m sensing a trend here. Maybe they’re testing us, Ella? Alexsis said that her son will eat specific foods, but “everything must have ranch on it, or BBQ sauce.”  Sigh, they don’t make it easy for us do they, Alexsis? Tracey, a mom who has a two-year-old son and is expecting another baby next month, offered a different perspective. “Wait until he’s 2 1/2 and tells you, ‘No Mommy! I no eat it!’” Good point, Tracey, I should be grateful Mason’s not talking back. Yet:)

Anyone else out there dealing with a sublimely picky toddler right now?

 

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  1. by Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP

    On February 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Anyone else out there dealing with a sublimely picky toddler right now? Yep, about 20 of them! As a feeding therapist, my job is all about picky eating. Here are a few tips that might help, but keep in mind that EVERY kiddo is different:
    1. Start with other foods staying on the tray. If he insists on throwing them overboard, give him something else to do with them. “Broccoli stays on the ___ sticker. Put his favorite sticker in one corner of the tray. If he wants to move his broccoli, he can move it there. Slowly, over time, move that sticker closer to his plate. The more he has to pick up that broccoli, the more he is likely to decide to taste it.
    2. Limit the amount of favorite food and try to include other options on his plate. “Raisins are all gone now. You have ___ and ____.”
    Other ideas can be found in my book, Happy Mealtimes. Hope these help!

  2. by Dionne

    On February 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    My 2 1/2 year old goes through crazy phases. One day, he’ll nearly finish the corn, and the next, he won’t touch it. He does the same with nearly everything – fruits, veggies (loves peppers, corn, squash and pumpkin) and even chicken nuggets! Then he turns around and as soon as his plate is put in front of him, he says “all done eating food!”
    Where’s the rhyme or reason there?

  3. by Jane

    On February 17, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I can so feel for you. My picky eater toddler son eats better in school, where he is primarily left to his own devices. He also seems to eat better and generally behaves better when he’s with the babysitter. I read that it’s only because he feels safe and comfortable enough with mommy to behave as himself – sometimes badly.

    One extreme example of his pickiness is that one day he didn’t like one dish, frowned to show his disgust and then ended up throwing up everything that was already in his tummy.

    On another note, my son’s weight is also my big concern. Whenever advised by my friends to “starve him” if he doesn’t eat well, I feel it’s too hard to take.

    Bottomline is I feel obliged to get the necessary nutrients in him – when he doesn’t eat well, I’ll give him multi-vitamin supplements.