For those of you that have had picky eaters or kids that just don't eat much, what did you do/try??? What foods seemed to work? Here's a list of things that we've already tried...
- doubled the concentration of his milk
- solid pears, peaches, carrots, cottage cheese, kiwi, mango, and pretty much any other food in solid form. He just barfs it all back up. Or seals his mouth shut like an iron trap.
- letting him feed himself. He'll grab anything we set in front of him unless it's food. I'm not kidding. The only exception is if it's crackers or cereal (dry things).
He does like yogurt, sweet potatoes, avocado on toast (sometimes), and prunes or anything else sweet. I really want him to have more of a balanced diet, so sometimes I won't give him the foods he likes until he eats something that he doesn't really like. By this point he's usually screaming because he's so hungry and he cries while he's eating the detested food (probably not the best move on my part). With your kids, do you just give them what they like no matter what, even if they eat only sweet potatoes 3 x's a day?? What do you think is better?
I know he's going to be a small kid. But that's not the point. The point is, that if he fails to gain weight (failure to thrive), other problems can arise. Why else would doctors be so worried about kids that have this problem? The first 3 years of life are very important for a kid's growth and development. So telling me not to worry doesn't help. I'm going to worry until the problem is fixed and we know what's going on.
Well, enough stressing for the day... (: Smiley face makes everything better! He has a follow-up appointment next week so that we can hopefully come up with another game plan with his doctor. Wish us luck! And I'm more than happy to welcome any tips from parents whose kids have also been picky/poor eaters.
Here's a recent picture of the little man at my sister Rachel's birthday bash.
And tell me this is not one of the best songs! I love songs with rockin' piano beats!