I owe a major shout-out to Stephanie. I posted my Monday Snapshot of Matthew melting down over food and she commented with some advice from a professional baby whisperer.
“She said that as kids start to get more independence, we hover a little too much and don’t give them choices as they are eating. She suggested putting each type of food you give him in little measuring cups or small containers and letting HIM choose. I know you pretty much already do that by putting it on his tray, but maybe there is something to them looking in the cup and feeling like they are making more of a choice?”
I tried that advice today, and it effing worked! I loaded up chicken, marinated mushrooms and artichoke hearts, and an heirloom tomato into their own bowls and this is what happened:
We will be taking 3-4 bowls to every meal out in the future. I cannot believe this!
Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do.
I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!
October 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm
OH my gosh – LOOOVE this photo series, and I am totally keeping this trick in my back pocket. YAY MATTHEW!!
October 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm
It worked again tonight at dinner. Just saying…
October 3, 2012 at 9:09 am
The pictures are definitely great! I showed them to JJ and he just said, “huh, crazy how that’s all it took.” That’s the only downfall of using the containers, if one piece goes overboard, it usually means the entire container goes.
October 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm
Amazing! This is great advice! My girls will still eat most things but I’ll keep this in mind for later! (I also can’t wait until I can get them to eat from bowls without just immediately flinging them, yikes)