Eating Habits of the Two-Year-Old

Squish likes chicken. Sometimes it is the only part of the meal he will eat. But lately . . . not so much. In fact, the boy seems to have it in for protein of any kind: meat, beans, eggs, yogurt. He will eat cheese. And fruit. And crackers. But anything green is out, as is anything that falls in the category of “vegetable.” (Though I have managed to get him to eat carrots that were thoroughly cooked in a soup.)

Squish also likes to save some for later. His breakfast stays half-eaten on the table until half an hour before lunch, when he gobbles up the soggy remains of granola or toasted oats or whatever. His lunch gets a similar treatment: half lunch, half after-nap snack.

Squish cannot be bribed or “encouraged” to eat anything – even things he likes. His chocolate-covered banana is sitting in the freezer because there was nothing in the world that would get him to finish the bell peppers and chicken that he picked out of his quesadilla at dinner tonight.

Squish is a take-charge kind of eater. If he’s hungry, he knows where the food is. He can get it himself. I have found him, many times, rummaging in the refrigerator, or discovered that he is on his third banana or string cheese of the day. (Contrast this to his brother, who at one time possessed a similar resourcefulness, but in his old age has resorted to moaning, groaning, snapping, rolling on the floor, and general crankiness to indicate his hunger level.)

Squish is particularly good with chocolate. And when I say “good with” I mean that if there is only one chocolate chip in a cookie, it will somehow find its way all over his face.

And this is what I love (and loathe) about feeding a two-year-old. You?

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  1. Oh goodness, I already see it coming. Robby’s current “thing” is he only wants to eat if he can run with whatever it is in his hand. My house is a wreck. And what he likes changes


    lizzie Reply:

    Yeah, so fun to chase kids around to see where they’ve left all their crumbs. And just wait until he’s potty training – who wants to stop and use the restroom? Life is too short for such things! Manchild still waits until it is practically an emergency before he hauls it to the restroom.


  2. I hear you. That’s all I’ve got to say. I’m not a fan of toddler feeding. Hate it, hate it, hate it. I spend far more time than I ever want to think about trying to get something in Spencer’s mouth. The kid won’t stop to eat if his life depends on it. Life is just way too much fun.


    lizzie Reply:

    I think food in general causes me way too much stress. I don’t like introducing new foods to babies and I don’t like worrying about how much my kids are eating. I know I feed them good food, if they would just put it in their mouths . . . .


  3. Cagesjamtoo (aka Sam)

    June 30th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Yes, two-year-olds are resourceful. Mine will also just go find something to eat when she is hungry. Meals are also half eaten because she has snacked until the time for the meal. She is at least not too picky yet, but I see the influence of her very picky four-year-old sister wearing off on her sometimes.

    Her first word in the morning and last word at night…”foo?”


    lizzie Reply:

    Sounds so familiar. Squish used to eat anything but is becoming more an more picky as he watches his brother. But at least he hasn’t picked up on the moaning/groaning because of hunger and just goes and finds himself some cheese or something. 🙂


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