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It was that time again. I looked at the clock. 5:25- T-minus 5 minutes until dinner time. I take a deep breath and mentally prepare myself for that battle that was about to begin. For the crying, negotiating, and the test of wills that is mealtime with a picky eater.
As a mom, I felt I did everything right up until this point. I made homemade baby food, gave him lots of options, didn’t force him and he ate great until he was about 18 months, then everything changed. I thought this is a phase it will pass, but one month turned to three, three to six, and I found myself dreading mealtime and wondering how we got here.
Fast-forward to today and our little guy has just turned 3 and while we are still working on his eating habits things have gotten better and we feel that we have turned the corner. Here are some tips and tricks to help you with your picky eater. We are using a lot of these with our son and while they can be time-consuming they do seem to be helping quite a bit.
- Don’t be afraid to seek help. We made sure that he was ok medically and nutritionally (no deficiencies). Following that, we sought out advice from an Occupational Therapist. We found out that our son may have some sensory issues that were contributing to his eating habits and she gave us some great advice and steps to take. Most of them are included below.