Feeding the Finicky Part 3: The Importance of Imitation.

If cool shapes and little games fail, there’s always the old stand-by of “I take a bite, you take a bite.” My hubby is especially good at that method. In fact, he’s the only person I’ve seen get the Punkin to eat carrots without fussing. Much to my chagrin. I spend all day trying to get food down that tiny little gullet, he comes home, and voila! They’re eating carrot sticks together. Sigh. Though I’m very thankful she does enjoy imitating him, because she usually wants bananas or smoothies if he’s eating them.

With me it’s hot cereal. Often I sit down on the step to our living room with a big bowl of Malt-o-Meal and two spoons, and we take turns feeding ourselves and each other while watching “Fruit: Close Up and Very Personal” (No, I didn’t make that name up. We have 4 of the VHS’s in that series, and she loves them.)

Another small victory: the other night we were having tater tots. I put two on her plate, just because I try to give her what we’re having whether she eats it or not. And she ate both of them without being asked to! That may not seem like much, but for us it’s a big step. 🙂

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