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Toddler Eating

There are two things that every parent with a small child struggles with: feeding and sleep.

We’re right in the middle of a weird feeding stage. My little MM has been a good little eater until recently when all she likes is chocolate. She may have had fudge for lunch today and chocolate chip cookies for dinner last night.

When she says more, she usually means chocolate. Christmas was especially bad, because of all the candy. And when real food came along, she wouldn’t touch it. She ended up crying at dinner until I gave her some pretzels and oranges, which seemed to make her happy until I took an apple pie out of the oven.

She started crying again until I realized she wanted the pie. So I gave it to her, with some whipped topping She took two bites of the whipped topping, pushed everything away from her, and said “All done.”

Really? A five minute fit so she could eat two bites of whipped topping?

It’s frustrating because toddlers don’t need much food, but they need some. And when they are hungry, they usually don’t want what you give them.

Sometimes meals don’t work and MM gets all her food from snacks. She’s been eating a lot of oranges lately.

The point is, every kid is different out there and they all struggle in some way or another. And as parents we just go around trying to do our best. And that’s all we can do.

Luckily, most kids grow out of weird eating and sleeping habits. Eventually. And if they don’t, someday they will move out of the house. So I can be patient for now.

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2 thoughts on “Toddler Eating

  1. My “baby” wouldn’t even touch the bread I made last night. One small bowl of soup (really good creamy chicken noodle) and he was done. Until about an hour later when I found him rummaging through cupboards. Sometimes I think I should take his cereal away then he would eat, but we all know I’m too nice.

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