I know toddlers are supposed to be picky, but this is ridiculous. My son, who just turned 2, will only eat snacky finger foods. In the beginning he ate lots of veggie purees, but when he started feeding himself he went to finger foods that were sort of dry and portable and it's been that way ever since, like almost a year. But even in that time he's narrowed it down to eating maybe 8 things over and over. He won't even eats cold cereals like Oatios or toast anymore. Now he is maybe in the 15th percentile for his weight, though he certainly has lots of energy and isn't emaciated or anything. He still nurses fairly often (teething). I don't plan to wean him, but I worry that maybe nursing is spoiling his appetite.
He won't eat ANY fruit, and only a couple of vegetables. I used to be able to sneak grated yellow squash into his scrambled eggs and he won't even eat that anymore. He spits it out. He's allergic to cow's milk, citrus, and berries (I think the cow's milk is what makes children so big in this culture). He basically eats: tortilla chips, rice crackers, eggs, fishsticks, popcorn, wheat-free pasta with earth balance margarine, nori sea veggie, corn on the cob, almond milk, waffles (but not pancakes), barbara's wheatfree animal cookies, and occasonally spinach munchies.
I worry that I've cultivated his pickiness by giving him backup options if he refuses the meal that I made for myself and or dad. He knows if he waits he can get something else. I hate to have him go hungry! His father gets home late so often it will be just be Xavier and I for meals, but I don't know if eating all together more would help. I sometimes want to try to eliminate these snacky foods he likes from the house, but they are really the substance of his diet, and I hate to have him lose more weight while we figure it out.
I give him a multivitamin and green supplement for children. The doctor said don't worry, just give him a lot of whatever he likes. But he seems to just graze a little all day when left to his own devices. He doesn't sit long for meals and just gets up after a few bites, so I always fall back on having some of his snacky food available. I read about the food tray idea thing on this board, and I think I'll give that a try, but has anyone else had success changing their toddler's eating habits? Thanks for any insights or ideas--