My try anything baby has turned into a picky eating toddler.
Two months ago, when my little one was 14 months old, I tried giving her organic blueberries. It seemed like the perfect baby snack to me. It’s small, sweet, and tasty. Full of antioxidants and vitamins that growing babies need. Plus they’re bite-sized. Perfect for their little hands and mouths.
I put my little one in her high chair, washed the blueberries off, and proudly placed them in her little bowl. I beamed with pride as she picked up the first berry and put it in her mouth. I almost turned away because I just knew she would love them. Also, my little one didn’t need my assistance to eat it and she couldn’t really make a mess with it. So I thought this was my chance to do some dishes or make myself a smoothie.
I was wrong. Skye hated them. She made a face. Took the blueberry out of her mouth. And threw it on the floor.
I was shocked. “But it was the perfect food,” I thought. But I was forced to move on and find something else that was already baby approved.
I gave up on the blueberries.
Recently, I bought them again, but for myself this time. As I was eating them, Skye made a noise and reached for them. “You don’t like these, remember?” But she wouldn’t budge. She didn’t remember.
So I gave her one without much expectation. And lo’ and behold, she loved them! She reached for more. So I sat her up in her high chair again. Handed her a bowl of blueberries. And let her chow down. She ate the whole bowl.
So what’s my #1 tip for your little picky eater? Keep trying. Kids aren’t set in their ways. They explore, discover, and explore again. Allow them to be exposed to different foods without the pressure of having to fall in love with them immediately. They may not love it the first time. But if it’s good for them and you’re sure they don’t have some kind of allergy, give it a couple of weeks and try again.
Playing with the food is a good sign! (Look at Skye playing with her tea — so cute!) So don’t give up. Of course you want to give your little one food you know they like. But don’t limit them or their taste buds. Constantly rotate in new foods to peak their interest. And if they don’t like it the first time, try it again later. Be patient. The blueberries turned out to be the perfect toddler food, just like I imagined. They make a great addition to breakfast or a great snack food. I would suggest you wait until your little one has some teeth to eat these. Also because blueberries are overly pasteurized, buy organic.
If you’re little one is into blueberries, check out this dairy free yogurt & berry recipe.
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