A few readers asked for some shots of before and afters of dinners recently. So this week, I don’t really have an issue to discuss but to share some photos to show he does actually eat. I’m not lying.
To do a small recap of ways we get him to eat some nights (noted in other toddler dinner posts):
- Special treat – He knows that if he eats good bites, he can get something for dessert. Within the last few months, this has developed to where he can usually pick the treat. Sometimes it is just a Hershey’s kiss and sometimes it might be chocolate covered frozen bananas. It is usually really small but provides a lot of motivation.
- Provide something that is a known like – This is usually fruit or pasta. I make the portion relatively small. He goes for it first of course but once it is gone, he has to eat other bites to get more. This is especially key when trying something brand new.
- Create novelty – We serve certain foods and he says he can’t eat it because it is too hot. For one, it isn’t…he is dramatic. But we rolled with it. Kevin started really playing up blowing on his food. This made Landon laugh and repeat. He now eats soup like the big bad wolf…but it works. Other novelty can be pretzels to poke things with, sandwiches in shapes, cutting the food different (little carrots instead of strips). These all seem so silly to us but it is magic for a toddler. All I know to say is try it…you might be surprised.
Here we have some befores and afters from the week: