Weaning Little Man was easy, he loved his food. In fact, weaning was one of the things I worried about. I’m not a very good cook so I was concerned that I would find it difficult to introduce new foods and flavours to him confidently. However, it was all fine. Little Man up until about 6 months ago was a star eater. People would comment on how well he would eat, how good he was sat at a table and how they wished their child would eat like mine. I smugly nodded and smiled and thanked my lucky stars he wasn’t a fussy eater.
And then it hit.
The fussiness started. ‘I don’t like that Mummy’ became a common phrase in our house literally overnight. He would push plates of food away, turn his head away in disgust and even if he was starving would stubbornly not touch a thing on his plate. He liked breakfast cereal, pasta but without any sauce, toast but with nothing on it and vegetables…well if they weren’t peas we could just forget it. My star eater became a fussy eater. Or so I thought.
It came to my attention after having a chat with one of the ladies that works at Little Man’s nursery that Little Man was not a fussy eater there. He ate every vegetable going and every type of meal including exact same meals as the ones I had offered him.
Little Man wasn’t a fussy eater, he was a stubborn eater. He enjoyed the attention that came with not eating at home; my pleading looks and my fails where I gave in and let him have 2 yoghurt’s instead. Now I had this information though, things were different. I felt more relaxed knowing that for at least 3 days of the week he was getting a well balanced diet and from then on we entered into battle. I put his plate of food in front of him and if he didn’t like it, it went in the bin. I didn’t comment about it and he definitely didn’t get pudding. Slowly but surely Little Man has started to get bored, there is no game to be played now and sometimes he is too hungry to care. He still isn’t the eater at home that he was but things are definitely improving and I have learnt my lesson.
Now when people ask me if he is a fussy eater, I tell them that he is not as yesterday at nursery he had Mexican chicken and ate the lot. No, he is just a stubborn
(gets it from his Mum) eater.
Do you have a child who eats like this? We are still on a long road so would love to hear any tips.
Have a lovely day.