*she just wasn't born a picky eater
*she has no older siblings to tell her that certain foods are supposed to be gross
*she has usually eaten what we were eating (in a mashed up form) ever since she was a baby
Sometimes she doesn't want to eat something and that's fine. But if Mark and I make a big show of how good it is, she will usually want to join in. The conversation goes like this.
Mark: Lia, are you going to eat your avocado?
Lia: No, it's too yucky!
Mark: Ok I'll eat it. (takes a bite) Mmmmm, this is really good. Mom? Do you want some avocado.
Me: Ohhh, yes! I loooove avocado. (mark gives me a bit) This is so yummy! I want some more. Can I have another bite?
Lia: (squirming all around in her seat and grasping at the fork) Me! I want a bite! Give it to me!
So we have it pretty easy in the eating department. One thing the question reminded me of was this beauty:
The beloved snack tray. It hasn't been around due to all the moving and new babying, but I am so excited about its return. I assemble it in the morning while Lia is eating breakfast, then stash it in the fridge until Lia is hungry again. A couple hours later I pull it out, let her eat what she wants, then cover it and return it to the fridge until the next hunger pangs arrive.
I love it.1. I am not constantly pulling out a cutting board and knife, plus other dishes when preparing snacks throughout the day.
2. I can easily keep track of what she is eating. There are no refills until every cup is empty and I give her nothing else to snack on. She always eats her favorites first, but then will eat the rest if she's hungry enough.
3. I can grab something from the tray to snack on when I'm hungry.
4. I can pull this out for lunch too, to munch with a piece of bread.
5. Lia loves it.
Incomplete list of stuff to add
1. dried, frozen, or fresh fruit
2. frozen or fresh veggies
3. trail mix or nuts
4. Chunks of bread or crackers
5. Mini sandwiches (pb and honey, or hummus in a pita)
6. Hard boiled egg or small pieces of meat
7. Leftovers that are cut-upable
8. Mini muffins
You get the point. I think this would be great for picky eaters. :) Though I could be wrong. If anyone has tried this with picky eaters let me know! One last thing- a toothpick makes it even more fun to eat. Anyone else have advice for picky eaters?
Eden is two months old today!