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Ideas to get child to self feed...

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I have a 2 year old boy (2 leg child) that does not like to feed himself. I have tried just about everything that I can think of to get him to eat by himself and you guessed it...he still wants Mom (me) to feed him. Ohh and he still prefers mushy baby type food. Anybody have any ideas on how to get him to eat "real" food by himself?
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OMG That's funny...and that one I haven't tried yet.
Have you tried giving him cheerios or some of those "fun" treats like the little cheese pinwheel treats, that look like hamster treats but kids love them? I remember when Chris was little he loved it when I would pretend to eat his cheerios and he would watch me and then do the same thing. We would giggle together. I dunno how else to get him to eat more solid foods. What does your doctor say?
I have a two year old little girl here in my daycare. In 17 years of daycare I have never seen such a strong case like this one. I believe that in alot of two year olds, the issue is control. They know they can control us when it comes to food. She will not allow me to feed her at all. Every week i try new things with her and slowly she is starting to feed herself. I care for her older sister and from what she tells me, its the same at home. Her parents are alot weaker than i am tho. They give in to her cries for cookies. If she wants a cereal bar for dinner, they give in. But these are parents that think a package of fruit snacks falls into the fruits catagory. The older sister has issues with vegetables too and she is six years old. I have made smoothie drinks for her, packed full of veggies and then told her about it later. Or i make blended soups in the blender. She eats it, loved it and She was so proud of herself. Anyways back to your two year old. You said that he will eat cheerios, thats a good start. I think he is holding out for mom to feed him because he knows you will. He is in control because he knows you will give in. Its hard really really hard, but he won't starve. When you make dinner, prepare his plate before he sits at the table with you. Talk alot about using a big boy plate. His choice is to eat it or not, its that simple. If it turns into a crying thing, don't worry he'll get it and he won't starve. Sorry to go on and on, but believe me, i could type more and more. I hope you find a solution.

I'm not comfortable with the idea of a kid at 2 years old having "control" issues. If it is anything, it would be a sensory thing. 2 year olds don't have the rational thinking it takes to "control" their situations as far as food and textures go. I'm sure there are some that disagree with me on this but if you feel like it might be a texture or sensory thing, like others have said take him to see the doctor.
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