I was so happy when our son ate any baby food we would feed him, yes even peas! I was so happy when he used a spoon and a fork. That happiness is over. The picky eater stage is here and it’s time to play food games with my 2 year old.
Every day is a new day when it comes to food now. One day he will love the ham and the next day he throws his hands in the air when I even show it to him. The other evening my husband had a noodle dish with squash ready for dinner and it tasted so good; however, I had a feeling that our son would only eat it if it had red sauce on it. I gave it to him as daddy had prepared it, even started eating it with him, but he wasn’t having it until I put the red sauce on his dish.
The weirdest one that has happened this past week was with the container of peanuts. I poured some in a bowl and he threw himself on the floor like it was the end of the world. I poured some into the lid of the peanut container and he ate every single peanut off the lid in glee.
Then there was the cereal moment the other morning when he just kept playing with it instead of eating it. I thought to myself, “hmm I wonder if he will eat it if I hand him a different spoon” and sure enough that worked! Why?! It’s all part of the food game, mom!
These food games are even more interesting/difficult since our son still doesn’t use many words. He will point in the direction of our cupboard and I will show him each item of that cupboard while he says his new favorite word, “nnnooo.” When he finally pauses before saying that word, I know we have a winner.
One thing I have learned during these food games is even though he might not want to eat that type of food one day, to give it a try another day. For example we tried giving him scrambled eggs and he wouldn’t touch them. So we gave it up. After a few months, my husband just made some scrambled eggs on a whim and our son ate the whole bowl! I know this is just the beginning of the food games so please leave comments on what has worked for you and your family.