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On Becoming a Discerning Eater

a baby sits in a high chair, resting his head on his arm. He is covered in tomato sauce.

I’ve written before about our decision to skip the purees and give Remy whole foods right from the start. I may have mentioned his eating syle: cramming anything and everything into his mouth as quickly as possible. Other parents warned me that this would change. Four months into the eating adventure, Remy is becoming a discerning eater.

A month ago Remy couldn’t get enough apples. This week, he will nibble and push them aside. Last week we offered Remy fish and he reluctantly put some in his mouth before pushing it out with his tongue, looking around, taking another pinch between his fingers, and starting the process all over again. Today, for the first time, he ate broccoli florets with gusto.

I have read in several places that babies and young children have great intuition where foods are concerned, and will seek out the nutrients that they need most. I have read not to be concerned when eating habits change drastically and, most importantly, to try not to react one way or another at the foods being chosen. I have read that foods that are being eaten should be replaced even as piles of perfectly good food go untouched.

 

In principle, I agree with these directives. I want my son to love eating and love food. I am still desperately hopeful that he will put on some weight (still holding steady at the 3rd percentile!). I am hesitant to disregard his own intuition about what foods he needs. And I would feel strange holding him to an “eat everything on your plate” edict when he doesn’t get to select the portions to begin with and when I sometimes don’t follow that rule myself. Still.

Still, I am curious — if your little one is eating people food, how do you approach his or her appetite-mood-swings?