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It came as no surprise to me that my child wants to be picky like her mommy & daddy. My husband and I are the blandest eaters ever! Like, if we order chicken sandwiches or burgers at a restaurant, all we want on it is cheese and bacon: no condiments, no lettuce, no tomato, no onions, and none of that other nasty nonsense! Despite our pickiness and what I like to call our parents’ failures to culture our palates, we are determined to get Squally Muffin to try new foods and eat a much larger, more normal variety of foods than us.

Lucky for me, my sister, babysitter, and blog manager has a more cultured palate than I and therefore gives us an outlet to encourage Lariah to try new foods without being wasteful! Thanks to my sister, Muffin has tried tomatoes, mushrooms, and even Lucky Charms, which aren’t at all healthy, but it’s a start to expanding her preferences from French fries and chicken nuggets!

The thing about trying to get toddlers to eat is that you can only do so much. I hear of and have seen people trying to force their toddlers to eat and all it does is encourage their dislike for those foods and makes them act all crazy and fall out and causes an endless spiral of blah blah crazy BLAH. My sister likes to trick Lariah into eating sometimes by sticking the spoon in her mouth when she’s about to scream and surprisingly, that works for them, although I must admit I’m not the biggest fan of the method. Lori has successfully gotten Lariah to eat a much larger variety of food than I have! Honestly, I couldn’t even get Lariah to USE a spoon let alone eat anything off it, but I come home from work and see Lariah eating cereal with whole milk with her TT and I’m in shock! It’s crazy. I say all of that to say this, if you have a method to get them to try new foods that isn’t traumatizing, more power to you! I’d greatly appreciate the tip being passed along to me!

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