I have found that my babe does not like me to feed her unless she is eating off of my plate. To sit down and give her food in her highchair it doesn't happen. Yet, she will eat with other people, at school she eats baby food, with her father she eats what he feeds her, the lit goes on. I think she just associates me with her uh milk source. So unless she is mimicking me and taking what I eat she doesn't want it. In fact when I try to feed her something she takes it from my hand and tries to feed it to me.
Anyway while I was searching I came across a suggestion by Dr. Sears. He suggest a nibbling tray. He says " . Offer a nibble tray. Toddlers like to graze their way through a variety of foods, so why not offer them a customized smorgasbord? The first tip from the Sears' kitchen is to offer toddlers a nibble tray. Use an ice-cube tray, a muffin tin, or a compartmentalized dish, and put bite-size portions of colorful and nutritious foods in each section. Call these finger foods playful names that a two-year-old can appreciate, such as:
- apple moons (thinly sliced)
- avocado boats (a quarter of an avocado)
- banana wheels
- broccoli trees (steamed broccoli florets)
- carrot swords (cooked and thinly sliced)
- cheese building blocks
- egg canoes (hard- boiled egg wedges)
- little O's (o-shaped cereal)
It is also interesting to read Dr. Sears nutritional note
NUTRITIP: Good Grazing – Good Behavior
A child's demeanor often parallels her eating patterns. Parents often notice that a toddler's behavior deteriorates toward the end of the morning or mid-afternoon. Notice the connection? Behavior is at its worst the longer they go without food. Grazing minimizes blood-sugar swings and lessens the resulting undesirable behavior.