Adele has always been a great eater. We credit most of it to the Baby Led Weaning approach we did in the beginning. But because we have her in Daycare for breakfast and lunch, our philosophy has become a mix of different things. We did a little bit of BLW, a little bit of purees (only for a few weeks), and now, we’re in this new phase of toddler eating. I’m still feeling my way through this, but I thought I would share a little bit of what’s working for us now.
I used to put bites (bit by bit) on her tray and add more as she ate them. But then I realized she was throwing most of it on the floor… so then I had a lightbulb moment and realized she wanted to choose the order of the foods she was eating. Choices! Toddlers love choices! So I started filling up her plate and putting it in front of her. Like magic, suddenly almost ALL of the food was ending up in her mouth and almost nothing on the floor.
So for about a week now, she’s been eating her meals this way. I think she enjoys the freedom and I enjoy being able to eat my own meal uninterrupted now.
So what’s she been eating for dinner lately? Here’s a sampling!
Chicken Ravioli, Strawberries, Steamed Carrots & Yogurt Ricecakes
1/2 Grilled Cheese and Deli Chicken Sandwich, Steamed Carrots, Mandarin Oranges & Strawberries
(Note: She didn’t really like the sandwich, we’re having a problem with ‘assembled’ foods. Any suggestions?)
Basically I try to get a protein, a grain, a fruit and a vegetable into every dinner. If Adele had it her way, she’d eat only a big bowl of strawberries for every meal. She usually gestures for more, but I make her eat more of her plate before giving her seconds of the good stuff.
But truthfully, we had a 3-4 night stretch where nothing was dropped on the floor… but now, we’re kind of back to square one. It’s a “one-bite-in-the-mouth-one-bite-on-the-floor” routine that I just can’t figure out how to solve. Oh, and now, on top of that, she figured out she can flip the plate over too. Aye aye aye. Is this a phase? When does it end? Any suggestions? I think it’s time to put my food mat under her high chair again. Food is fun!