Bill and I have created a beast, and his name is Spencer. He is delightful in most every way, as long as we're not talking about eating. I readily admit that we probably could have done a better job introducing him to new foods and things from the get go, but hey, he's our first child and we have no idea what we're doing.
That being said, I'm not stressed about this so much as just ready to try a new tactic to try to get Spencer eating like a normal child. His current diet consists of french toast and pancakes. He was sick all last week, which has some impact, but that's all he is eating for now, three meals a day. It seems like a good time to try new ways of doing things around here.
So I'm looking for advice from all my mom friends and anyone who might have a good idea out there. And this isn't advice like try to feed him new items 10 times and after trying it 10 times he might like it. See, he never tries anything, and if you've ever tried to feed a toddler you will understand when I say that he cannot be forced to eat anything he doesn't want to. So I need new ideas. How do I get him to try new things and expand his palate? I gave him probably 10 different interesting tidbits of things from our fridge tonight and not a single one went into this mouth, so exposure alone isn't the answer. He had a great time making table art with it all. :)
How do you tempt your toddlers to eat? He will not try something just because he's hungry either. He will just get steadily more and more unhappy and cry and cry and still not eat anything unless it appeals to him, which generally involves it having chocolate in it. So help a friend out and let me know what you have tried and what might work. Oh, one other thing. He's not really old enough quite yet to understand try a bite of this and you'll get a bite of something else you like. He just doesn't like anything well enough to use that tactic yet, and he's still just a tad young to understand the logic, or so it seems. He just turned two a few weeks ago.