Sundays with Gage – Eating is necessary, right?

I thought we all needed food for energy.  Not just adults, but everyone.  I mean when you have an infant it is a very big deal that they eat enough.  So, why is it that toddlers can take or leave food for days at a time and still run around the house like a whirling dervish?

We have been too reluctant to add lots of things to his diet because we weren’t sure of his allergies, but now that we know we only have to avoid dairy and peanuts I really have to get busy and find some good recipes.

Some days the biggest part of his calorie intake consist of oatmeal, cereal bars, and baked potato fries.  He went through a period of resisting soy yogurt but now he likes it again, but is off the chicken.  Sigh.  Getting him to eat has become the biggest frustration of my day.

Any tips from you experienced mothers out there?

23 thoughts on “Sundays with Gage – Eating is necessary, right?

  1. Amy says:

    I’m not a mom but I was around when my 4 cousins were babies and then when they were growing up…2 of them ate anything and everything put in front of them and the other 2 were picky, picky, picky!

    My aunt went to her pediatrician with lots of food questions and got lots of answers but they were all pretty much the same:
    If he’s only eating cheerios all day and night, let him, he’ll tire of them and want something else in a couple of days. If you fight him on it, he’ll eat cheerios or nothing for a lot longer. The same with cheese and bread, Goldfish crackers and Broccoli!

    The doctor even said, when one of the children was basically picking at every meal and eating only enough to keep a small bird alive, not to worry. When children are hungry, they will eat and they will let you know loud and clear they’re hungry. If a child isn’t eating very much, don’t worry it won’t last long as long as you don’t pester them about it!

    Good luck, Stacy! Try not to worry!

  2. Staci@LifeintheThumb says:

    I agree with Kathy!! Just make sure you have the items he loves and when he’s hungry he will eat. They’re funny like that sometimes. Don’t worry, when he’s a teen he will eat everything in his sight!

  3. Trish says:

    My current questions are more how to transition the babe from pureed to more whole foods. Maybe Gage would like snacking on veggies and fruits that he can still eat as finger foods? Who knows!!! (I know, not helpful).

  4. Diane@BibliophileBytheSea says:

    Stacy, when my daughter was 2-3, all she would eat was cheerios and cream of mushroom soup…LOL The doctor said, don’t worry about it and just let her eat that, and eventually she’ll grow out of it which she did. She was always a fussy eater and never ate eggs, fish, beef…the list went on….Hopefully, Gage will grow out of this as well.

  5. rhapsodyinbooks says:

    I agree with the moms above – it seems like how can they exist and grow and yet they do! But what a drag, having to try to come up with pleasing items that ARE okay for the allergies. Did you try the book section in Whole Foods? They usually have stuff just like what you need.

  6. Mary says:

    I think this is normal for most kids. Just keep offering various foods. As Kathy said, he’ll eat when he’s hungry. And if he’s anything like my son was, when Gage is a teen you’ll be restocking the fridge and pantry every few days 🙂

  7. Jenners says:

    He looks so serious in that photo … like he has some important thing to say. My son was a very picky eater and I eventually just stopped worrying about it after my pediatrician told me they’ll eat what they need and to stop stressing about it. He’s still alive (and a much better eater today) so it is totally normal!!

  8. Stephanie D. says:

    How frustrating! I wish I had advice for you so I could help you out. But from seeing other people’s picky eaters over the years – somehow, the kids grow and turn out fine and healthy.

  9. Kathleen says:

    My son is almost 18 now but I used to worry constantly about how much he was eating when he was a toddler and really all through his elementary school years. He just never had much of an appetite but his weight was always normal. Now he’s almost 18 and eats everything he can get his hands on. How times change! I’d say as long as he is healthy and taking a multivitamin I wouldn’t worry about his eating habits. It sounds like he is a typical toddler.

  10. Caspette says:

    I am reading Elizabeth Pantley (sp?) No Cry Picky Eater SOlution. Very good. She has lots of tips on how to make eating fun and interesting for kids and to not fret to much. As a toddler they are lucky if they eat a meal the size of their fist! She says look at his diet over a week not just a day that it balances out usually over a week. We actually found by avoiding the table all together and having indoor picnics as a family made our little man more likely to try and eat different foods. We never make a fuss and force him to eat. We figure when he is older we can teach him proper table manners etc, for now its about making meal times interesting and fun.

  11. thebumbles says:

    Oh my God – that little snarl of his is a riot! His little friend Sammy has been going on multiple hunger strikes in the last month – but I think that has more to do with a cold than his picky eating. One week he refused all bottles. The next week he gobbled up his bottles and refused any and all food. I’ve just managed to get him back to eating rice cereal today. Maybe tomorrow he’ll go back to tasty puree. I have no idea how to get him to eat beyond the jar though – the finger food step is very intimidating to me for some reason. Maybe I’m just fearful of having food thrown at me by a picky eater! Good luck with Gage’s new recipes – you should share some of his favorites when you discover what those are :0)

  12. jennygirl says:

    My brother was super picky for years, surviving on PB&J and cereal. As long as he likes something, let him have it. How about sweet potatoe fries to change things up, or maybe get that Jessica Seinfield cook book. I think she includes veggies in every meal. May give you some ideas at least!
    Good luck and be patient. You can do it!

  13. Bonnie says:

    I agree that kids will survive when they are picky but you do have to make sure they get vitamins/minerals. With my son and his allergies, it was hard to find things he could eat as he was so allergic. Focus on variations of what he likes and expand on that and there are many recipe books and websites out there now that will give you ideas to try. Make sure to check labels with scrutiny and they can easily change packaging and ingredients so double check now and then. You could also ask for a referral to a dietician that can guide you. Good luck!

  14. Teddyree says:

    It’s a frustrating time, both my boys were below 3% on the percentile chart for years, I worried about their intake because they were constantly sick. I tried many different things, hiding veges, making milk shakes and custards with the milk they were allowed, giving them only what they wanted but just when you thought you were on to something, they’d go off it. I know I worried about their eating right up til late primary school but looking at them now I don’t know why lol. Once they hit the teenage years I almost had to take out a loan to pay the grocery bill, ok slight exaggeration but boy can they eat. And they’re both fit, muscly men now after being tiny, sickly kiddies. I know it’s hard but try not to worry too much!

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