Thursday, July 17, 2014

Picky baby

I've read that this is totally normal but Ford is getting to be quite the picky eater these days. The other day I tried to feed him some leftover cheesy mashed potatoes I was eating and he turned up his nose. Oh! He also turned his nose up to mac and cheese....who is this kid?! I love that I don't have to worry about purees and baby foods when we are out and about but it's tough to know if he will eat what we eat when we are out. To be safe, I've been packing meals for him when we go out to eat but I am hoping this pickiness is just a temporary phase. I've been stuck in situations where I assumed he would munch on my meal but instead ate 3 fruit pouches, goldfish, and Nilla wafers for lunch because it was all I had in my diaper bag, #GoodMom.

I got this adorable lunchbox from Jane.com because all 11 month olds need monogrammed chevron lunch tote, right? I wanted to be able to keep cold foods separate from stinky diapers in my diaper bag and I wanted to carry something cute. Wah la. 


The Ford essentials

If all else fails, I know Ford always goes nuts when I pull out the Greek Yogurt (I have to do it at the end of the meal because he wouldn't ever stop unless I made him!), cheese sticks, and cottage cheese. Dude loves his dairy, just like his dad. Now that Ford drinks whole milk as opposed to nursing, I have to bring it with me wherever I go and this lunchbox allows me to pop in an ice pack to keep our insulated sippy cups cold. 

I set the lunchbox down next to Ford for a photo and he found the crackers..




Do any of you seasoned toddler mamas have advice for picky eaters? Ford eats a lot and I hate to fill him up with carbs. Help!

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11 comments:

Cassie said...

Thank you so much for doing posts about what Ford eats. My little one is 11 months old and starting table food has really stressed me out. He still has no teeth so we get choked a lot!! I'm praying some come in soon so he can start eating more real food. He can't survive on puffs alone!

Allena said...

I love Jane.com! It's so funny watching babies choose what they want to eat. I can ask Drew if she wants something and she's either say 'uh-uh' or nod her head yes. So silly.

Carolyn said...

Such a cute lunch box!!! I mentioned this on facebook, but Weston seems to really like turkey deli meat and canned green beans. I don't cut the beans - I just give them to him and he likes "biting" them. But, he doesn't like peaches or strawberries, so there's that. HAHA Feeding these little kiddos is not easy!

Cece said...

Gosh! At least he's eating. My nephew barely eats. I don't know how he survives! My poor sister will feed him what he'll eat because she just wants the kid to be eating something but it's not much "real" food.

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Erin said...

Ruthie! My daughter is 10 months old and we are DRAGGING our feet on the self-feeding table food. We do some at every meal but she gets frustrated with the delayed gratification. How does Ford eat his yogurt and cottage cheese? Spoon? bare hands? Do you have any suggestions for easy grabbing foods to begin with? THANK YOU!!

Lindsay said...

Ford turned down mac and cheese?! We must not be related!! Haha haboo :)

Gina said...

You are doing great! My son is picky one day and not the next. My best advice is consistency and also let him choose. I offer Calvin whatever we eat everyday and some days he likes it and others he does not. I always offer him fruit, which he never refuses and if he simply doesn't want eggs that day or whatever we are eating I try to offer a healthy alternative without forcing anything upon him. Also, now that he is 20 months I have him "try" at least one bite of whatever is on his plate, surprisingly most times he ends up realizing he likes it. All this to say, they have so many stages, you are handling it well.

Samantha said...

My twins I have taken care of since birth have gone from loving everything, to picky, and back around that circle about 10 times now. They are now 4 and One of them will only eat about 10 things and the other will try pretty much anything you put in front of him, especially if an adult is eating it first. My advice is to just keep offering variety and eventually he will find things he likes.

Melissa (Our Life with Isla) said...

My LO is almost 11 months old and can some day's eat everything I put in front of her and other days not so much! I hope it is just a stage too!

Rachel Cohen said...

I stumbled upon your blog after watching your House Hunters episode! I love it because my second baby boy is the same age as your little guy so it's fun following along. I also have a 3 year old boy and he is an insanely picky eater. He refuses most foods that are usually foot proof kid foods (mac and cheese, French fries, most sweets, etc.). He started getting picky around 15months and it hasn't really gotten better! He pretty much just wants to eat dairy and carbs. He does best with breakfast so I try to really give something quality. I make oatmeal with oats, coconut oil, peanut butter, hemp seeds, whole milk and banana. He also likes toast with peanut butter. He won't do eggs and refuses any and all meat. He does like raisins, quite a few different fruits, crackers (won't do any cheese though), dry cereal and baby carrots. For lunch he'll usually just eat 1/4 of a PB&J and if we're really lucky he'll eat 1/2. Dinner is usually a loss and most of the time he refuses anything which stresses me out of course! Thankfully he likes milk so I still give him whole milk at night to at least get something in his belly before bed. My second son eats any and everything but doesn't want anything to do with drinking milk. Go figure! I hope it's just a phase for your little man. It seems like you're doing a good job of giving him nutritious snacks throughout the day. Try not to stress too much about it (easier said than done, I know). Good luck :)

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