With mealtime becoming a battle lately, it seems that I am getting more and more frustrated that Avery doesn’t want to eat anything that I give her. She’s becoming extremely picky and only has about five foods on her list of things that she will actually scarf down. Although she’s not interested in the pureed food that I am giving her, she is very interested in every single food that I am eating.
Just the other day I was eating my salad for lunch and Avery stood at my feet just begging for food. I gave her bits and pieced of my grilled chicken, avocado, and cheese and she ate every single bit and even begged for more when it was gone. Last Friday night the girl ate an entire piece of pizza. She was an eating machine. But put some pureed pears in front of her and she wants nothing to do with them.
I tried to give her pureed sweet potatoes for dinner tonight and she didn’t want to eat them. I went back in the kitchen and cut up pieces of the sweet potato so that she could pick them up with her hands and it was as if she didn’t realize she was eating the same thing. She ate all of it and even asked for more.
I would love for her to go to only finger foods because that means that I don’t have to spend an hour every Saturday morning baking, steaming, and pureeing fruits and vegetables for her. But I am nervous because when I feed her I know how much she is eating. When it’s in her control, it’s hard for me to tell how much actually ends up in her mouth. With her weight issue, I need to make sure that she is getting enough calories in her diet.
I think most of this is an independence issue that she wants to do everything by herself. She tries to grab the spoon from me every time I try to feed her. Another part is that she is becoming more and more picky about the food that I give her. It might also be a texture issue. Whatever the reason, she seems to be becoming really bored with the pureed baby stuff and wants the good finger licking (dare I say?) toddler food.
When did you give up the baby food?
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