Remember a few months ago when I wrote this post?
It was a pretty frustrating time for us, as parents, because our girl was pretty much starving herself. She rejected almost all the food we would attempt to give her, and only drank milk and (at the time) breast milk.
It was a topic that came up a lot, mainly because we were so worried, and at one of her well-visits, we decided to finally ask our pediatrician what was going on, and if what Olivia was doing was normal.
He assured us that what Olivia was going through was, in fact, a typical toddler thing to do. He explained that toddlers at her age are starting to figure out that they don’t have to eat everything that they’re given, they realize they have a choice, and that sometimes they’re just testing us parents. He said that she was also figuring out which foods she likes and dislikes and that it is totally normal to like something so much one day, and not want anything to do with it the next day (which is exactly what she was doing.)
Dominic and I sat down one night and tried to come up with some sort of plan to get her to expand her pallet. We knew we needed to start giving her more water, and limiting her milk intake (just a little), start giving her more of a color variety, and feeding her solids more often.
We give Olivia whole milk, which is filled with fats, making her seem full. I never really thought about it, but when I drink an entire glass of milk, I feel very very full, so I should’ve known that she was probably feeling the same way. Between the whole milk and the breast milk, why did she ever need to eat real food? She was getting satisfyingly full off of that stuff alone.
In all honesty, I think what ironically helped us the most was when we weaned. But, doing the other things after that probably helped us a great deal as well.
After she weaned, we starting giving her three meals a day, and whole milk whenever she wanted. Just recently, we’ve been trying to lower her milk intake a little more. When she wakes up in the morning and when she goes to sleep at night, we give her a cup of milk, and in between that she drinks a lot of water, and tea (our girl REALLY loves tea!), and only gets milk when she asks for it. It’s seemed to have helped because she definitely eats a lot more. Her pallet has even gotten much better, she now eats a huge variety of different foods and I love it. Though she is particular to a few things, she will try almost anything once. Some of her particular favorites, as of late, include turkey and crackers, chicken, carrots, nutrigrain/granola bars, cereal, rice, corn, and apples.
Now, everywhere we go we always have to make sure we have snacks for her, and when we’re out with friends and family, they all just stare at her in amazement because no one is used to her eat so much (or at all, really!).
It is so fascinating to me when she tries something, and shakes her head no because she doesn’t like it or uses the sign for “more” when she does like it! She’s getting older and realizing her likes and dislikes and I love watching her develop like that.
If you’re going through the same trouble as we were, my advice to you is to be patient, don’t force it, and just make sure you give your baby as much of a variety as possible. I know it seems like they’re starving themselves, but when they’re hungry, they’ll eat.
P.S. I’m an Android user, and if you are too, you know that we eventually get the same apps as the iPhone users do, it just takes a little longer. Well, it is now our time to shine because we officially have Vine in our Google Play Store! The app still needs a few bugs to be fixed, as expected, but install it, and then add me! My user name is Katie Nunez! :)