Chocolate spread on toast
I am pleased to report that our son is eating chocolate spread on toast again. It makes a good meal before bed because it seems to stop him waking up hungry in the night.
This is the closest thing to ‘real food’ that our boy will eat. We keep offering him portions of the food that we are eating at every opportunity, but these stay untouched. People say, “If he won’t eat the food you put in front of him, don’t offer him anything else. He’ll soon start to eat real food if you let him get hungry.” But that doesn’t work. He just gets hungry and still doesn’t eat.
We had hoped that seeing other children eating food at the nursery he attends twice a week would help encourage our boy to try some other foods. But that didn’t work either. He just waited until he got home and ate lots of sugary stuff. Now the nursery has stocked up on (nut-free) chocolate spread for him so he doesn’t starve.
I’m trying very hard not to turn food into a battleground. But I do feel guilty about all of this. When he was about 9 months old and we were doing a laid-back ‘baby-led’ approach he would try anything – he even grabbed some salt-beef off a friend’s plate and chewed it. But then I started this job and took my eye of the ball a bit at home. Perhaps our son would have turned into a fussy eater whatever I did or didn’t do? I’ve seen examples of other fussy eaters with stay-at-home mums who seemed to do everything right. I was a fussy eater and I turned out ok.
He does seem to be thriving even on his limited and rather sugary diet (other things he will eat include bananas, apples, yoghurt, Fab lollies and coco pops, and he does have Aptimil toddler milk twice a day). Here are some reasons for being reassured that he is ok:
- He is full of energy and life
- He is moved up the height and weight charts from the 25th percentile when he was born to the 50th percentile now
- His teeth were checked out by a dentist recently and are apparently in good nick
I was inspired to write this post by reading Bod for Tea’s Fussy Eaters Support Club – as she says, it is good to know that other people are facing similar challenges!