Saturday, October 10, 2009
Please get my boy to eat
Ok all you parents out there, I need some advice. I'm having problems getting Oliver to eat.
This is the deal. In the last week or so O has been slowly but surely rejecting his food. He loves to feed himself off the tray of his highchair but he doesn't remotely eat enough to make a meal that way. As of today the only thing he'll eat from a spoon is cereal. I've been able to sneak some minced chicken into it without him noticing but no veggies at all. Up to now he's been eating meat, vegetables and fruit at every meal so it's strange to me that he's doing this. I even tried changing up his food by adding spaghetti or cheese sauce to give him new flavor but he'll take one bite and won't touch it again.
I of course went the net and the general consensus is that this is normal. He's expressing his independence and I shouldn't worry because he's getting all the nutrition he needs from his formula. Hmmmm. #1. I don't know if I believe that. #2. Even if it is true he's not drinking a whole lot... maybe 18 ounces a day I would say. As I type this I thought maybe I should give him formula in his sippy cup at meals to try and get more in. Up to now I've been giving him water. Anyway, I'm not worried about him starving since he is getting the cereal but I want to make sure he's getting everything he needs to stay healthy.
Can you tell me if your kids went through this and what you did about it. Can I expect him to go back to his old eating habits or should I scrap the old plan and feed him cereal till he can feed himself a full meal?
Thank you in advance and I'll let you know how it goes.