I had no idea before I became a mom how much of my time and frustration would revolve around mealtime or preparing for it. Have I mentioned that Steven is a picky eater? Oh, I have!? Yes, well, let me say it again...he is a VERY picky eater. In the last month, his pickiness has hit an all-time high which means that our dread of feeding him has hit an all-time high as well.
The last few weeks I have been limiting snacks and since that helped, we have completely eliminated afternoon snacks because he usually sleeps late enough that I can hold him off for an early dinner. The weird thing is that Steven doesn't really asks for them anyway so I've quit offering and just wait until he asks for something and then I fill in with whatever he didn't eat at the last meal. This is working pretty well, so mealtime is going a little better this week. I've heard that toddlers are picky and don't eat meals like we consider them as three solid meals a day, but I think Steven is an extreme case and just doesn't like to eat period. That's especially weird considering that his parents love food!!
I have also stopped giving him options. I put dinner in front of him and if he doesn't eat it after plenty of time then I tell him he's all done. I think that's helped a lot too. I try to give him one or two things I know he likes with something else either new or not a favorite. Last night he ate a rare but really good dinner of string cheese, a few bites of rotisserie chicken and BBQ sauce, corn on the cob and cantaloupe- he LOVES corn on the cob. You know you're from Texas when one of your child's first 100 words is "Barbecue." Please leave me a comment if you have any other suggestions for getting a picky toddler to eat better. =)