I recently took my kids to an ice cream shop in Miamisburg. My oldest had been telling me she wants to eat pink ice cream. So, to make a little trip out of it, we went to 3 Dips to get ice cream in a cone.
While it doesn’t sound like a problem, and it isn’t, it’s a little sad that she won’t eat many typical celebration foods or fun treats.
If you haven’t guessed, I have a picky eater.
She’s not as picky as others, but she gained her picky eater’s badge around 18 months. Up until then, she ate everything, including food I wouldn’t eat! Like oyster dressing. No, thank you.
I’m not even sure when it happened but the scope of food began to dwindle. Now at 3 and a 1/2, she eats a handful of foods. I began to get fed up (pun intended) and after a bit of research (ahem, Instagram searches), I settled on a few techniques.
Offer a safe food.
“This is what we’re having.”
Try it chart.
Introduce it again and again and again.
Picky eaters can be frustrating. I’ve spoken to the dietitian at our pediatrician’s office and she assured me that it’s normal for a toddler to be like this and it won’t last forever. I didn’t need a dietitian to tell me this, though, because I am living proof of a once picky kid becoming a not-as-picky adult.
I still won’t eat a casserole or eggs that aren’t overdone or cereal with milk. But now I’ll eat scalloped potatoes, chicken salad, asparagus, most cheeses… I think you get it.
To all you parents of picky eaters, it does get better. And to the guy at 3 Dips, sorry my kid was rude, but thank you for my ice cream. It was great!