Tara has always been my twin that eats everything…she was the one who helped me keep trying new things when Ruby wouldn't touch anything…and that which she did touch usually came back up after a fit of gagging and vomiting! I could at least hold onto some shred of motherly pride knowing i could still cook food that little people would eat when Tara gobbled it all up…..unfortunately now she has reached the ‘fussy' stage and mealtimes have become even more frustrating!
Ruby is not really classed as a fussy eater (although many….and i do mean many other parents or experts tell me differently) She has issues with her sensory processing and this led to the gagging and only eating certain coloured or textured foods. It doesn't help to just ‘let her go hungry' or offer her foods time and time again….she isn't just fussy…sometimes she is actually scared of her food…how it looks, smells and tastes.
Working with an OT we have come along way…she now eats by her self using a spoon although it is very messy, she has picked up an apple and banana…her first tastes of fruit as a finger food, she has used a fork to pick up and taste things she doesn't physically like the touch of, she has eaten a sandwich made of soft bread and she has eaten some things that are soft and odd shaped rather than crispy, crunchy and round.
She still will not eat cheese as a finger food or any sort of meat as a finger food. She will now not let me feed her which is how i used to get some meat and vegies into her so the concern is iron intake at the moment. I have been experimenting with some different ways of getting meat into Ruby disguised as a finger food and also not looking or smelling like meat!
She likes little ball and finger type shapes and will happily eat homemade wedges and chips every night if i let her….which i became in the habit of doing just to see her eat something!I have made my own chicken nuggets and various other forms of nuggets but after a few chews she would spit them out…..chewing the meat is just too much still,the texture is too tough…..but as the OT reminded me…at least she tried them. 6 months ago she would not even touch new things let alone pick them up!
I was beginning to really despair that i was never going to get anywhere, often in tears at night because i wanted to provide lovely homecooked food for my girls but it just wasn't working,all that effort every night was being wasted…then i stumbled across Allie at One Handed Cooks and found some crunchy type finger foods that might just work!
With renewed enthusiasm i tried 3 of Allie's recipes:
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