In the past 3-4 months, Sawyer has become a very picky eater. It is mostly with fruits and vegetables, and it can be very sporadic at times. One day, he may eat two helpings of carrots, and then not dare eat any more for a month. He will eat Buddy Fruits and other pureed type fruit snacks, but forget the real thing.
I know that this is a common issue for toddlers, so I did a little research on the internet. I wanted to find out what I could to help the situation. I don’t want to be worried that Sawyer isn’t getting enough necessary vitamins and minerals and I want meal times (especially dinner) to be less stressful. So, here is what I found….
Helpful Posts for Dealing with Picky Toddlers
1. Tips for Picky Eaters – This blog post at Crazy About My BayBah was the first one I found, and very helpful for us. I didn’t realize that toddlers like to “graze” more than sit down and eat a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Since reading this article, I have been allowing Sawyer to each a variety of foods several times a day. As long as they are healthy, I’m okay!
2. Tips for Picky Eaters – Healthy Baby Beans is written by a dietitian/mom, so I feel good taking her advice. The article lists lots of ideas for toddlers that are refusing to eat one type of food. For example, if they never want veggies, let them eat more fruit. If they are turning their nose up at milk, there are many other ways you can still incorporate dairy into their diet to ensure they are getting calcium.
3. Feeding the Picky Eater: 17 Tips – Dr. Sears, the amazing children’s doctor, provides a long list of helpful tips for picky eating toddlers in this post. One of the best takeaways that I have found is the idea of letting your children dip or spread condiments onto their foods – no matter what they are. Sawyer is a ketchup eater, so we have found that if we give him a small dollop of it on his plate, he’s more likely to eat any type of meat - and sometimes other foods.
4. Is Your Son a Picky Eater? - Of course, the tips offered in this post at Blogging ‘Bout Boys would be appropriate for girls too, but I couldn’t help but want to raise my hand when I saw the title! I really like her idea of getting artistic with meal time. We have been trying to incorporate different colors onto our plate in order to grab Sawyer’s interest. It’s not working that great, but still, it exposes him to a variety of foods that hopefully he will love one day!