Lisa - posted on 05/23/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
My 15MO Aidan has been doing well on porridge since 12 months and sweet potato with peas, or mashed potato with cheese and minced green beans for dinner. As he began to like rice and bread from then on, I took the opportunity to let him try rice with stir fried vegie sticks and stewed chicken shreds, bread with cheese and pumpkin soup, or pasta bolognaise for dinner. He started liking grapes and mango and watermelon too as he was always on apple and pear and would not eat papaya or anything else before.
Recently he's begun to reject his porridge and would eat only about half and sometimes a few tablespoons of it. Even if I squeeze fruit puree (seeing as he likes that stuff) in it he won't touch it whereas he used to be able to take a few more bites with fruit puree in it. I thought he'd be hungry enough to eat his dinner of rice with stir fried vegies but he would only eat a bit (1/4!) and even then spit out carrots one day but eat carrots and spit out green beans the next day.
He doesn't seem to have gotten used to gumming his meat either but he fooled me for a while because he would eat it if the shreds were spooned into his mouth with a bit of rice. He would also eat minced beef bolognaise with no problem. Anyway, I have tried offering him ONE alternative - if he didn't like rice for dinner, I would offer beef bolognaise with pasta but then he would spit that out after two bites. So this is a kid who's not eaten much lunch and is still not into dinner. His bedtime milk - something he's been refusing before this recent hunger strike - he drank more of because I guess he knows it's his last chance to fill his tummy before bedtime.
Since Aidan's been on 8 front teeth for a long time (something like 7 months) I thought I'd check to see if he was teething. Sure enough he's got hard lumps and bumps everywhere although I only see white faint shadows in two areas - one at the back and one at the canine area. Now, Aidan's always been very discerning with food. He went through a period at 10-11 months where he would do a taste test on food; if he didn't like it he would screw up his face and spit it out. He also ate half of what was served to him then but at that time he wasn't so strong willed yet and able to give us a sign. Now he chucks a fit and waves his hand "no". My problem is I don't know if he's acting up because of major teething or he's jut going through a typical toddler food jag phase. So my question is, do I use this opportunity to train him i.e if he stops, then to just let him know he gets food only at the next meal but serve the EXACT same food then, or do I give him what he wants (he seems to only want bread, raisins, bananas and cheese now) to put some nutrients into his body? If he's really teething, what and how do we approach feeding? Any feedback is welcome!! Am stressing out here.