Fussy Alfie Pants

Hi beautiful readers! Today I am very excited to present you our guest blogger! Caroline from Avidiva baby! She is a mum and owner of Avidiva baby in Perth – WA. At Avidiva, she focused on sourcing the best in natural and stylish products for your little ones. Today she is talking a little about fussy eater based on her own experience.

If you have a fussy eater or you are concerned that this time may come to your family soon, grab a cuppa and happy reading!Fussy Alfie Pants

From when Alfie was little, his temperament was always pretty full on, demanding, stubborn… Some have referred to it as ‘high needs’, but you could just say strong willed, motivated, determined (just to sweeten it a little, you know!) That applied to the daily baby routine, the sleeping (or lack of), the feeding (not very well), and even the playing and the bathing… just very busy and challenging as a first-time mum.

Being born early and spending nearly 3 months in NICU, Alfie did have a pretty rough start to life. Even in there, he was the baby that was always awake, tossing and turning in the incubator, never lying still! He also had a tongue tie which didn’t help us with the attempted breast feeds.

The move to solids was tricky… he wasn’t a fan of anything except for the supermarket purchased packets of puree! Even when I concocted the same ingredients, in the same quantities, nope… having none of it!

He literally survived off rice crackers for months on end! I tried to spread them with vegemite, with avocado, with cream cheese… and then rejoice if any of it so much as touched his lips! So, when it comes to eating, his habits have never been good.

He would never eat a sandwich. Only toast. No milk on weetbix, but plain and crunchy was ok. A soft baked cereal bar was a no go, but a crunchy one was fine. Crackers were a big hit. Anything with a soft texture just got spat back out. And on it went… for months and months.

He started daycare just after he turned 1, and I sent him off with his crackers and muesli bars (staple diet!) Slowly but surely, day by day, he began to try foods that others around him were eating… chicken curry, beef noodles, even a taco!

I cooked foods at home, pasta, curry, the usuals… but he wouldn’t have a bar of it! So, we decided one day to see if he would eat my homecooked (mummy loved!) food at daycare. After refusing it at home the night before, he ate it, served up at daycare!

That’s when I truly let go and decided to no longer be a slave to the worry and doubt that his eating habits cast over me every day! Seriously little boy… you are one CHEEKY MONKEY! The best thing I ever did was just to let go, not consume myself with worry, not google every living recipe under the sun, and not keep attempting these dishes in the hope of something ending up in his mouth.

He was 2 in October, and has just had his corrected (due date) birthday in January. Still very demanding, full on, and determined, but growing into a very fun, happy and cheeky little boy (surviving on crackers, cheese, and weetbix)!

So recently when I served carbonara for dinner. I was expecting one of a few options…

1. Refuse it completely with a ‘nooooooo’ whinge, and a quick shove off his highchair

2. Attempt maybe a mouthful but once seen a mushroom, then back to square 1, or

3. Maybe a mouthful or two and then decide want something ‘different’…

So, you can imagine my surprise when he put his fork down, and picked out a pea. Yep, here we go, let’s pick out all the peas and chuck them on the floor… but no! He actually put it in his mouth. And chewed it. And swallowed it. HE ATE A PEA! And another one, and another one… Wow! I was pretty much speechless and didn’t really want to comment for fear of ruining the moment!

It’s just some of my little story from me to you. I hope it gives you some faith, or strikes a chord. These little people certainly are wonderful, but they certainly are challenging too! Just accept, and know that it really is a phase… as we have had many of before, and we will have many more to come…

 

 

Caroline

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25 Comments

  1. I love this story! After my first two girls were straight into baby led weaning and ate everything in sight, it was a shock to have a fussy boy! I’m also comforted that Childcare provides at least 3 solid meals a week for them! Hopefully both our boys have turned a corner and turn into great eaters.

    1. I must confess that there are days I also am very grateful the child care gives him nutritious food.

  2. OMG I am sick of the fussy kids… I was cooking to their tastes and missing out on interesting foods and getting totally bored. Now I have started to batch cook them some food and make meals for us. That way I can grab a frozen or left over container out reheat, they are happy and we are happier..

  3. Alfie is such a cutie and I am glad that nursery had a positive impact on him, what a brave little soul for trying all of the unknown! I don’t have any children but I can imagine how stressful it must be worrying if they are getting the proper nutrients or not!

  4. I know how it is dealing with a fussy eater. My daughter is very picky in eating. Great to know that Alfie is trying the more nutritious food. Sometimes kids try new food outside than at home.

  5. Alfie is so adorable. I have a little baby boy and it is 5 months old. But now I can imagine how stressful it can be to choose proper nutrients.

  6. Duh a great story you shared there, I’m sure it is helpful to many new moms. I grew up eating okra and eggplant so I wasn’t a fussy baby, but then again I had no choice. Lol

  7. Glad to read the step by step process worked. Sometimes I find people forcing kids to try everything ..I like your style of going slow and steady. Keep it up!1

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