I am having issues with my 10 month old son. He, in general, has been a much harder kid than my first.Our latest issue is food. My daughter would she sat very calmly and let us feed her until about a year old at which time she pretty much started using utensils right away. I know, crazy good, right? Fast forward two years to my son. He has pitched a fit since we introduced solids...he wants to feed himself. But he dumps the bowl on his head, won't use utensils, and certainly won't let us feed him. I am nursing still, so at this point I'm not worried he's not getting enough food. But I am at a loss as to what to feed him and I'd like to wean at a year.This morning I discovered he loved Cheerios (something we didn't give my daughter until much later, she pretty much ate all veggies for awhile), because my 2 year old decided to share. He'll eat pasta. And he'll eat other things we feed him for about three bites. Then he gets mad and wants to do it himself. But he doesn't actually feed himself instead he'll look you right in the eye and dump it on the ground.I feel like he's not getting much nutrition and we are coming up on milestones where he should be getting much more calories from solids. I am worried that all he seems to like is carbs and even those he'll only eat a little and then dump. My daughter was not this way at all.Can anyone recommend some good first foods? I am at a loss as to what to feed this kid that he won't throw... And any tips for training good behavior. At this point, I almost don't care if he eats it or not, I just want him to stop dumping his bowl on the floor (while my two year old looks on and say, "uh oh it's not nice to dump food on the floor".
He'll eat pasta. And he'll eat other things we feed him for about three bites. Then he gets mad and wants to do it himself. But he doesn't actually feed himself instead he'll look you right in the eye and dump it on the ground.I feel like he's not getting much nutrition and we are coming up on milestones where he should be getting much more calories from solids.Try making pasta that has fiber and protein in it like http://ronzonismarttaste.newworldpasta.com/I wouldn't worry about it too much as long as he's nursing. Can anyone recommend some good first foods? I am at a loss as to what to feed this kid that he won't throw...My younger one LOVED Eggo Waffles. For a while it was all she wanted to eat - I even started calling her wafflegirl, but I think she was a bit older than your son when she started eating them. And any tips for training good behavior. At this point, I almost don't care if he eats it or not, I just want him to stop dumping his bowl on the floor (while my two year old looks on and say, "uh oh it's not nice to dump food on the floor". No tips, but good luck with that. Try not to react to it. If you get upset then that reinforces the behavior (encourages him to continue to dump food because then he gets to watch the Upset Mommy show). Praise him when he's neat.
My grandson pretty much inevitably dumped his food when he had access to it at your son's age till 18 months. So we didn't leave the bowl/dish on his high chair tray unless we were holding it or helping him hold the spoon (so one of his hands was occupied!), and gave him only a couple pieces of finger food at a time (he'd sometimes throw them overboard, too, even if he was still eating, even though we took away the food and declared the meal DONE whenever he did it). But he never cared about feeding himself. At 20 months, he still doesn't care if he feeds himself or someone else spoon-feeds him.Rowan's faves included (and still include) full-fat, plain Greek yogurt or with chopped fresh fruit stirred in (banana, peach, cherries cut off the pit), muenster or similar cheese melted onto multi-grain toast and cut into little dice, and regular (nt babyhood) old-fashioned oatmeal with whole milk. He seemed to like veggies mixed together better than individual veggies, often mixed with protein (tofu, minced chicken or beef) as soup or stew. ASian soups and stir fries have always been particular faves. He likes crumbled burger with ketchup stirred in (DD sez he;ll eat pretty much anything with ketchup stirred in--and he otherwise isn;t fond of tomatoes--DD thinks it's the salt). Most of all, he likes just about anything that comes directly off of Mama's, Daddy's or Nana's plate ;-)He's not fond of broccoli but loves cooked cabbage, which I think is almost as healthy (cabbage is sweeter and less bitter than broccoli, so not really a surprise). Since he loves cheese, he'll eat some veggies he isn't super-crazy about if they have a little cheese sauce/melted cheese on them. Just like his father when DD first met him ;-)At 9 months, DGS nursed (or drank bottled breast milk) upon waking (an hour or two before breakfast), just before mid-day nap (usually after lunch), just before late-afternoon nap (which IIRC was gone by age 1), and just before bedtime. This left him hungrier for meals.
And any tips for training good behavior. At this point, I almost don't care if he eats it or not, I just want him to stop dumping his bowl on the floor Don't give him the bowl. Give him a few pieces of food at a time, and if he purposely throws it on the floor, clear off his tray and declare the meal done. He will eventually learn that food is to be eaten and is not a toy and should not be thrown on the floor. You can start with all finger foods like cheerios, small bits of cheese, small pieces of pasta, fresh fruit and veggies that are cut into small bite size pieces etc. My kids tended to prefer raw veggies, but at 9 months, I don't know that your child would be able to chew them vs. choking on them, so I'd steam the veggies so they are edible.When he does graduate to having foods in a bowl or on a plate without throwing them, I had great luck with things that stuck to the spoon so that the food wouldn't fall off as the kids are learning how to get the food onto the spoon and then the spoon into the mouth. Things like yogurt and pudding work well for this.And even with just finger foods, I'd give him utensils to get used to even though he won't be doing much with them. But I'd start with just not giving him things that are in a bowl or on a plate. I'd just put the food right on the high chair tray and aim for him to learn that this is food, and it is to be eaten. The rest will eventually follow.
Looking back, I think most parents fall into two categories with each child: 1) S/he does NOTHING but eat!!!!!2) S/he doesn't eat enough!!!!I assure you, if he's gaining weight, he's fine. And if he's breastfeeding still, doubly so. As 2gifts recommended, he's also testing his limits. Set them and enforce them. Food isn't a toy, if he's insisting on treating it as such, remove it. Also, for things that are only good for bowls, they make suction-cup bowls that suction to the high chair or table, and will, if not eliminate the dumping (he can still fling!!!) at least cut down on it. GSF
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