I wasn’t sure I was going to write this but just felt the urge to rant and ask you all for some advice as I am not ready to admit that my child is a fussy eater. My blog is great for letting you know what we get up to and my advice but I’m always so overwhelmed by the support and comfort readers and other bloggers have to offer.
I haven’t written about Amelia’s eating habits since June so this is a little update for you all.
Amelia once we got into weaning always did so well with food and was keen to try new things and soon enough was eating all of the same meals as us. This lasted probably just under a year until the end of this summer just been. Breakfast and lunch still goes down pretty well and she’s got to the age where she will ask for different things that she fancies which makes life a bit easier but dinner time is proving hard work.
It isn’t religiously poor every night but at the moment it is happening a lot more and it’s getting frustrating. All meals we eat are home cooked completely from scratch full of vegetables and nutritious food and it’s so annoying when Amelia won’t even try these meals that she used to eat happily.
We all sit down as a family to eat and this always worked so well as Amelia could see we were eating the same thing but now it’s just becoming really hard work. You’ll sit her down for a meal bring it over and she will just look at it and say no and push it away if your lucky or it ends up on the floor sometimes. Throughout us eating our dinner I will keep offering hers again but she just doesn’t want it. She then goes on to ask for some fruit and a yoghurt and I’m in a quandary as to whether I should let her have these things or if she doesn’t try her main meal then she gets nothing else. It feels so wrong sending her to bed without any dinner and it just ends in tears if you try to get her down from the table.
Then after a week of rubbish meals she will completely surprise me and polish off her entire dinner. Or some nights she will have about two mouthfuls then push it away and say no. So it’s almost like she’s doing it to be naughty or for the attention rather than not enjoying the food. The most irritating part is if she tried it I know she would like it and eat it because she did the week before!
I think I feel like if I announce to the world that Amelia is a fussy eater that I’ve let her down. Its my fault she’s not eating the foods she needs to every day and it’s my fault that she doesn’t like them. Maybe I should have tried foods differently when we were weaning or not given in that first time she didn’t want dinner. I don’t know how much harder I can try offering new foods and being persistent with old favourites whilst keeping my cool when she hurls food or cutlery everywhere.
AHH I could go round in circles talking about it but it’s so frustrating!! I don’t want to admit that my child is a fussy eater but maybe she is?! But can she just be fussy for dinner time and no other meals of the day.
Would LOVE to hear some of your fussy eating stories or tips you have for surviving dinner times without a plate of food ending up on the floor!
Thanks for reading!xx