Over the last few months, Ailsa has stopped eating as much of a varied diet as she used too. Unwilling to try new things or something she maybe hasn’t had for a while, it has got me thinking “is my toddler a fussy eater?”. It’s been playing on my mind now for some time and something I have been trying to ignore. Is Ailsa being fussy? or is she trying to exert some control?
Ailsa has always been a grazer, even when solely breastfed she would snack on and off all day and this didn’t change much when we started Baby Led Weaning at 6 months. She always had a varied diet, pretty much eating what James and I would within reason and would always give new things a go. Recently though she has been turning her nose at food that she used to eat happily and has started sticking to what I would refer to as beige food, Pizza and pasta. Luckily she still east a few different veggies and quite a few fruits but it is a struggle to get her to eat anything different.
We have tried so hard not make a big deal of her eating habits, never forcing her to eat when she isn’t hungry and never asking her to eat anything that we know she doesn’t like but it is becoming a struggle with feeding her a varied and nutritious diet. I worry constantly that she isn’t getting enough protein or vitamins, she is very much a healthy child though and I know that I shouldn’t worry. Though she is small she always has been and most likely always will be as I’m petite myself.
It really does worry me though that she will restrict her eating even further and we will have a very fussy eater on our hands, something I was hoping Baby Led Weaning would avoid. Though I know that no matter how we weaned it was a potential outcome. The other thought I have had is that this may just be a phase that some children go through at this age, could Ailsa be trying to take some control and gain some independence in what she eats? We always ask her what she would like to eat and give her a couple of choices from what we can gather she would like.
It is so hard to know the best course of action for the future. Maybe some of you more experienced mums can offer some advice? leave a comment below.