Cenzo is a very curious toddler. He loves to try new food, put everything that is on mommy’s or daddy’s plate in his mouth but when it comes to his own he doesn’t want to taste anything too green or veggie like. He is quite a picky eater.
Picky eater Cenzo
I thought Ryan was a very difficult eater when he was young. Not wanting to eat anything that was too lumpy or dry. He even ate jars of baby food for a while because we didn’t get him too eat anything else. Of course I was convinced I would do it better the second time around. I even believed that baby-led weaning would be the key to a perfect eating toddler. Let’s just say that it is a perfect method as long as you are both 100% sure it’s the way you want your baby to learn how to eat. And that was not the case for us.
Cenzo only wanted to eat meat and spaghetti. Even now those foods are favourite. We couldn’t get him to eat vegetables though fruit were a favourite as well. Of course we tried different things like veggie omelets and pancake batter mixed with broccoli or beetroot. Most easy option was too hide lots of veggies in the pasta sauce so we ate plenty of that over the last year.
How did things change?
And there it was. We were staying with grandma to celebrate New Year’s Eve after cancelling Christmas because Chris caught the flu. Chris had made a mashed potato with broccoli and some meat for Ryan and we had defrosted some Indonesian noodles for Cenzo. However when they sat at the table next to each other Cenzo decided to have a go at Ryan’s plate. Quickly hiding the noodles he ate almost half of what we served Ryan. We’ve tried this sharing-a-plate-with-your-brother thing again and it works. Nevertheless when we served a piece of chicken next to the mash Cenzo decided he wouldn’t eat his veggies. This is something we have to be careful about. We now serve the chicken as soon as they ate their potatoes and veggies. Hopefully eating more veggies will improve his bowel movement too. This has been a problematic thing as well.
I have to conclude that everything will turn out fine in the end just like it did with Ryan. It’s the journey that often leads to a lot of worrying about your child’s health.
Have you tried shared dining for your picky eaters?