Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Grand Canyon, AZ
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Our DD is 21mo and just starting to eat more after several months of nearly exclusive breastfeeding. We moved into a new house and the kitchen/fridge are arranged differently and I think that may have helped encourage things.
Here we have a large lower cabinet with a big lazy susan where I keep most of the dry/canned goods. She can open it herself and chose food items of interest (which is mostly carbs crackers, pasta, oatmeal, cereal, etc..). Same with the fridge--it's a double door style with clear shelving/bins so she can see what is available. My guess is that the independence she feels is helping to motivate more eating.
Also I have taken a more relaxed approach lately because I was feeling frustrated too, I feel your pain mama! It seems if I am less invested in her eating and just enjoy my own food in her proximity she's more likely to settle down and sit with me and eat more. Many times she will take a bite, walk away, and return for more 10 min later so I've learned to leave the food out longer than I used to as well.
As for liquids, DD has been big on drinking cold water and cow's milk for about 4 months. I have a wide variety of cups that she uses--sippies, sport style, soft straw in the top, learn-how-not-to-tip-it cup with handle, glass juice size ones. Different cups seem to help keep her enthusiastic about taking in liquids. Perhaps a new cup or two will help yours as well?
dh + me + dd 9/06 + dd 5/13