My Two Year Old Eats Octopus
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What I've Learned... (unedited examples from the various chapters)
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On the basis of individual, day-by-day situations, it may appear that young children’s diets aren’t that bad, or at least no worse than those of the rest of us. You see a kid eating a children’s cereal, drinking juice from a box, or ordering a grilled cheese sandwich at a nice Italian restaurant and you think, “Oh, well, that’s what kids do.”  But then you realize that that these aren’t isolated incidents; is what so many kids do all of the time, and worse, it’s all they know in the way of food-related experiences.
 
The Number One Reason that so many kids eat this way is that they are not only allowed to, but they are encouraged to. It’s expected; it’s easy.
 
Starting Baby on his first solids, such as rice cereal and then pureed foods, is a Big Deal, for both him and for you. Treat it as such. This eating business is an important new skill that will serve him well for the rest of his life. His first tastes of individual foods such as fruits and vegetables are priceless.
 
You can find an endless amount of information about feeding Baby from commercial baby food companies. While some of it may be useful, it is all slanted to portray their products in the best possible light.
 
Preparing homemade baby foods and infant mini-meals is some of the simplest cooking you’ll ever do.
 
By the time they turn one, or shortly thereafter, children should be eating essentially what you eat. (This is presuming your diet to be generally nutritious and healthful, and rich in variety and flavor!)
 
Snacking and grazing are a way of life for too many kids, and even if you consciously work to keep your kids away from this, they will be influenced by their friends and activities. If snacks are a must, do what you can to make sure that they are healthful and varied as much as possible. Don’t allow your kids to fall into the oversnacking or grazing mode at home.
 
Almost all children, even your star eaters, will go through weird food phases, picky eater stages, and days/weeks/months when they practically battle with you about their food. Continue to serve it as it should be served through as much of this as you possibly can, allowing them to choose to eat it in the way that they prefer. Eventually—sometimes, very eventually—this behavior should wane, to be replaced by a new acceptance of the foods.