Do any of you have a picky eater? I have not had one before and my four boys have always eaten almost anything that I make. They love vegetables and salads and we have only occasionally had a child not want to eat a meal but in the end they have at least tried a bite. I have always heard Moms talk of their picky eaters and was very thankful that my children were not that at all! I did think some of it had to do with parents giving into their children's demands.
Now I have a picky eater of my own and she is only 16 months old! Missy Blue Eyes loves yogurt, blueberries, cheerios, and bread and that is mainly all, unless her great-grandpa feeds her dessert for a treat. To make sure that she eats I have been serving a variety for meals and we are happy if she eats at least one of those items. However, lately she looks for the bread with a meal and shakes her head at any other food we present her with (for the most part). The thing is that she has no idea if she likes it and it is really bothering me. With our older children we would not give them anything else until they tried what was on their plate but weren't sure if we should do this with a 16 month old. Tonight we tried it and would not give her bread until she ate any of the other items on her plate which consisted of cucumbers (she has eaten in the past), chicken, and broccoli. I have yet to get her to eat chicken that is not mixed well with another item. So she did not eat but had some milk and cried on and off. We saved her plate for when she was really hungry but unfortunately it was drowned in milk that was spilled. So she ended up getting bread. Missy Blue also refuses to eat oatmeal but yet has never tried it.
I am getting frustrated and will not be a short-order cook! I continue to think back to Little House on the Prairie Days and know that Ma wouldn't have crackers or cheerios in her cupboard to give a baby who didn't want to eat. Any suggestions??