I have been extremely blessed with a toddler who is an enthusiastic and non-picky eater. Perhaps it’s all luck. But there was one book that was very helpful when I started feeding her solid foods, Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense by Ellyn Satter. Satter explains a principle called the Division of Responsibility in Feeding, that has worked like a charm for us and helped avoid any mealtime drama.
This principle is basically that the parent is in charge of feeding, and the child is in charge of eating. She said this:
– The parent is responsible for what, when and where the child eats.
– The child is responsible for how much and whether he/she eats.
This week Leela is staying with my parents, and I typed up some notes for my mom about what to feed her, but truthfully how to feed her is more meaningful for me. I’m sharing my notes here because back when Leela started eating solid foods, I was overwhelmed and would have liked looking at a list like this.
– Avocado – LOVES
– We often heat up the Dr. Praegers spinach patties or Kale burgers
She can eat any foods/ spices! She’s great with Indian spices. Nothing is off limits (except unhealthy/ processed stuff!). We just avoid choking hazards (nuts, grapes must be cut in half, no popcorn). Any good quality meat is fine. We’re still pretty strict about avoiding sugar/ sweets, and she doesn’t do much bread/ pasta. We don’t make a big issue about any food though, or make anything “forbidden.”
Healthy Finger Foods for Baby, I wrote this post for the Aden + Anais blog
Healthy Food Ideas for your Baby, I love this post from my friend and fellow health coach Katrine
RaiseHealthyEaters.com, lots of sensible advice here