I am a first-time mom to a 2-year-old toddler who is a somewhat picky eater. Generally, he likes to eat the same set of foods every day such as chicken nuggets, pasta, and cheese sticks. I am starting to feel guilty that I am not offering him a more diverse range of foods, but I am not sure if that is necessary or if it's okay for him to eat the same types of foods every day. I am looking for any insights, tips or advice from experienced parents out there who may have had similar experiences with their picky eaters. Should I be trying to introduce him to new foods or just let him eat what he likes? Any help or advice would be much appreciated. Thank you so much!
As a mother of a now 8-year-old daughter who was also a picky eater, I can say that it's okay for your toddler to eat the same foods daily. When my daughter was younger, she only ate chicken nuggets and fish fingers, and it was a constant worry for me. But she eventually grew out of it on her own.
One thing that I did that helped was offering her healthy choices. I would give her a choice between veggies; for instance, instead of carrots, I would give her broccoli or sweet potato. For fruit, instead of apple, she could have berries or exotic fruits.
Also, I tried to introduce food in different ways, like incorporating veggies into her favorite pasta sauce, or hiding it inside a wrap. If your toddler likes cheese sticks; you can try incorporating some veggies in the cheese stick making process. Initially, it might be hard, but finding creative ways to introduce new foods can be rewarding in the end.
Lastly, it's important to have patience and not to stress too much about it. As long as you are offering healthy options, and your child is growing and developing correctly, there isn't much to worry about.
Hope this helps!