Don’t Worry About Keeping Up With Foodie Perfectionists
Your little one is definitely settling into who she is, and she’s probably getting comfortable with letting her opinions be known. This self-confidence often rears its ugly head during mealtimes.
The most important thing to remember right now is to not make mealtimes a battle. If you start that crazy train now, you’ll be riding it all the way to high school graduation. Don’t force your baby to eat stuff she doesn’t want to eat, but keep re-introducing foods so she gets used to variety. Even if she chucks everything green off her plate, she’s watching you and if you eat green stuff, she probably will eventually too. Fun fact: You should eat green stuff.
You can start working on letting your baby use a spoon, a skill that’s important for both you; they get to play with a spoon, and you get to learn how to let things go by watching your baby destroy every outfit you ever put on them. Babies love spoons — they can fling stuff so much farther with spoons. For that reason, dogs love spoons, too.
Right now your baby’s growth rate is slowing down a bit, so you might notice his pickiness increase. Again, don’t force him to eat when he clearly doesn’t want to; children sometimes seem to survive on bathwater and two bites of cracker every three days. When they are hungry, they will eat. Try not to stress out about it.
Pro tip: When you find yourself heading to Pinterest for baby food ideas, please look at all the pretty food pictures with a discerning eye. Baby food does not need to look nice and you don’t need to freak out about keeping up with crazy perfectionists. All that food is just going to end up as poop, after all.