I Am My Wits End

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melissa g. - February 13

i have posted about my dd's picky eating before, but I am really upset by this. She turns 1 this week, and her eating is getting worse, not better. She seems to have a real aversion to her high chair, wont try hardly anything, old favorites she is now turning up her nose at -- I am seriously worried that she would starve if it werent for her bottles of formula! (this may also be a problem paradox -- she is less hungry for food b/c she still gets 4 bottles a day, i'm sure the ped will have me cut down when we go in next week for her well check) I am so upset about this, I'm sure my dd can pick up on it my apprehension about it and that cant help matters. It makes me really sad though that she is so reluctant to eat. She wont eat pasta, french toast, mashed potatoes OR sweet potatoes, mac n cheese -- all things little kids are supposed to like! she does like hummus but she cant live on that right? she used to always eat her fruit and cereal for breakfast -- no more. everything is a struggle. I just read about picky eating in the Dec issue of Parents magazine and it said this can be common at this age, but it really bums me out! i was on the verge of tears all afternoon today. sigh.

 

melissa g. - February 13

sorry for the typo in my t_tle!

 

melissa g. - February 13

bump

 

Bridget - February 13

My son is doing this, not as bad, but he is getting a bit picky where he ate everything before.He's a year on Saturday the 17th. Even if my ped said to cut back on formula, I probably wouldn't if my little guy was being picky and not eating much solids.Another thing to remember is that no baby ever starved themself (theirself ?) so try not to worry too much. She may be picking up on your stress about it too. My son is like a weather vane and goes from being the sweetest baby on earth (97% of the time) to a real whiny kid if I am stressed, even if I try to hide it and act normal, it weird how attuned to my moods he is. Whatever she WILL eat, let her eat it. There is worse than hummus. At least it's a bean and is full of protein. Better that than just pudding or applesauce. Just keep offering her some of the stuff she used to like and I bet she'll get back into it. Nobody ever went to college eating on hummus and Similac.It'll be ok.

 

melissa g. - February 13

thanks Bridget! I am trying to RELAX about all this and not let my inner control freak get too wired about all this! she's gonna do what she's gonna do I guess!

 

Bridget - February 13

Exactly, she'll do what she'll do. One thing I just thought of is that my DS insists on having one of the spoons I feed him with in his hand while I'm feeding him with another (we use the multicolored "throwaway" ones from Target) So inbetween bites he can chew on it or "practice" eating. If I stopped letting him have that (I've tried and my placid little boy pitches a fit ) he would probably go on a hunger strike, LOL. Just for fun, see if that works. My rule is if he's in the high chair (which he does NOT always like) or immobile on my lap or the couch he can have it but if he's in transit (crawling around and coming over for bites of food) he can't have it because it's dangerous, he could fall on it. I babysat a girl years ago (she was about 14-16 months)and she'd been a VERY small preemie so her Mom was always trying to find ways to get her to eat and was she ever picky! On the nights I'd fix dinner for her and myself. I'd switch plates and I'd have hers. So since she always wanted what I had (even if it was the same as hers) this worked to get at least SOME food in her.It's all tricks and subterfuge at this age,LOL.

 

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