So my son (19 months old) has a decent range of foods that he'll eat: most breakfast foods, PB&J, chicken nuggets, cheese pizza, snack foods (crackers, etc.), most fruit, the occasional slice of bell peppers, peas or such. But he's becoming more and more resistant to new foods and even foods he's eaten before.
I've decided that I need to put my foot down and do the "you'll eat what you're offered or go hungry" thing. I have some little relatives who have clearly won the food wars in their house and, honestly, the kid's health have serverely suffered because of it. I'm not going to let this go on until one day my son is living off of bread, cheese and protein bars like my niece is.
So I offer him 3 meals, 2 snacks in between meals, and a 1/2 cup of pediasure (his "vanilla milk") before bed. Each meal has protein, grains/starch, 1-2 fruit/veg, and dairy. Each snack has 1 fruit/veg and something else - and the portions are not that huge, so he can't skip lunch and fill up on snack. Each offering is different than what he's been offered previously in the day. But, these aren't necessarily "kid friendly" offerings. Like lunch today was mashed potatoes, roast chicken and green beans (left-over from last night), and dinner today was home-made Thai curry with rice, veggies and shrimp (but not too hot - mild enough for him to handle).
He didn't eat either lunch or dinner. Gobbled up his apple slices and grahm crackers for snack and of course, drained the pediasure but was crying/whinning for most of the day because he was hungry... kept trying to go into my bag for more snack or open the fridge for more food. But would refuse the left-overs from lunch and dinner when I offered.
This is the 3rd day of this!! He's getting only a little bit of food... and refusing the rest, and then going to bed still hungry. And the whinning and tantrums are like nothing he's done before!!!
Am I doing the right thing? I don't really see a major flaw in my plan, but my pissed off and hungry 1 year old is shaking my confidence.
Answer by ashleyxo8 at 10:35 PM on Mar. 3, 2011
Answer by mrs.coop at 10:36 PM on Mar. 3, 2011
Answer by earthmama727 at 11:57 PM on Mar. 3, 2011
Answer by earthmama727 at 12:00 AM on Mar. 4, 2011
Answer by brookes_mom04 at 1:57 AM on Mar. 4, 2011