All children go through weird phases, that’s a given. Oliver’s most recent is that he wants dry cereal for breakfast – even weetabix!
For over a week I have been trying to figure out why; he still likes milk because he drinks it from a cup, he even asks to drink the milk from my cereal bowl. A few days ago he even proceeded to eat the soggy bits of shredded wheat left in the bottom, so it is clear that he doesn’t mind soggy cereal.
Then I figured it out, well, he told me. He asked for weetabix, or ‘beetadits’ as it sounds more like, then said ‘no like spoon’, so it must just be an eating with his hands phase. The more I thought about it he didn’t use his cutlery at dinner last night and seems to be preferring more ‘picky’ lunches and dinners (meaning lunches he can pick at as opposed to him being a picky eater) so that he can use his hands without the need for cutlery. He’s even dipping fruit in to yogurt instead of using a spoon, even blueberries!
As a result of my new found wisdom in to this strange phase, I decided to make life a little easier for both of us and make lunch and dinner that he can eat with his hands if he so desires. Over the past few days we’ve had pizza, quiche, wraps, sandwiches, ribs, chips, chicken, crudite and dips, pitta breads, crumpets, whole fruits, cheese and crackers – including, of course our Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
|Sandwiches, crudite, hummus and strawberries make a fab lunch for a Teddy Bear Picnic in the sunshine, be it in the garden or at a park, nature reserve, forest etc|
When he was a baby we decided to wean him using the baby led weaning method, it just seemed to tie in with him because he is so strong willed so he needed to do everything himself, although I now feel like I’ve forgotten what we used to feed him. We introduced cutlery at 11-12 months because he kept trying to steal ours, again, strong willed. He picked it up really quickly and eats amazingly with his cutlery so it’s a little strange that he wants to start using his hands again, but then again children are strange creatures.
Has your little one gone through any weird phases that threw you? How did you handle them?