My son is picky. I never thought I'd say that. I mean, look at those cheeks! He used to eat anything we put in front of him (and some things we didn't, such as OUR food). But lately, he's become increasingly selective about what he will eat. Meat seems to be a no-go, but I hear that isn't abnormal for toddlers. Supposedly they get the bulk of their protein requirements from dairy products, so as long as he is drinking milk (well...) and eating cheese and yogurt regularly, he should be ok there. Being the worried mama, however, I want to make sure he's getting enough OTHER nutrients, too.
A typical breakfast for him used to be toast, a pancake, or a waffle (homemade or frozen wheat-free) with peanut butter, cottage cheese, or cream cheese and reduced-sugar jam, a full glass of milk, and a banana. For the past two weeks, he has refused the toast altogether, opted for half of a banana, and might munch a few of The H's dry Puffins cereal or some organic honey O's. And no milk.
Lunch used to be a soy or nitrate-free organic beef hotdog or Morningstar Farms black bean burger with ketchup, some fruit, cubed cheese, and a cup of yogurt, but he has pared that down to a hard-boiled egg, some green grapes, a few sips of milk, and maybe yogurt. At dinner last night, he refused to let a piece of chicken touch his lips. He wouldn't even look at the fork when I lifted it for him, at task that at 20 months he is more than capable of doing himself.
We've done the "muffin tin lunch" idea to make food fun again, and that was ok for awhile. Then he decided he'd rather play with the cups. I think a few of them have even made their way to the bathroom, now used as tub toys.
He doesn't seem hungry, though, and I suppose when he is, he'll eat. Our household has been fighting off recurrent colds for a month now, so perhaps he's just not interested in food, much like I was when I couldn't taste it. Either way, it's frustrating to me that he used to eat so well and now he'd prefer to subsist on fruit snacks and yogurt.
How do other moms deal with picky eaters?