I thought it was time for little Xander food update, so today I’m participating in Brittany’s Munchkin Meal link up! Anyone can participate and the link up takes place the first Thursday of every month. I just have five quick notes about Xander’s eating habits at 20 months, so hope you find it interesting!
Open cup policy at the kitchen table. Over the past almost two months we’ve had to instill an open cup policy at the kitchen table. We were noticing that Xander got very distracted with all his cup options and would do a lot of playing and alternating between his cups. This open cup policy is also one that John and I have to follow – as he wants to drink out of our cups often, especially if it’s something “special” like my favorite straw cup. Since he’s been drinking from a cup easily since about 15 months, it only makes sense to foster his ability to keep mastering this skill.
In other parts of the house, he does still typically have a lid on his water cup, just to minimize spills. The good thing is that 95% of the time he’s drinking water, so even if he makes a spill, it’s an easy clean up!
Breakfast and dinner are the easiest meals for us. These two meals are consistently the easiest to prepare because there is a lot less guess work. Twice a week we have eggs for breakfast, twice a week we have pancakes for breakfast (one weekend day, one weekday day). The other three days rotate between toast with peanut butter, bagel with cream cheese, and very seldomly, cereal.
Dinners are always easy as well, because he eats whatever we are serving! He loves his protein sources: any fish, chicken, ground meat with yummy seasonings, and more. His favorite starches are sweet potatoes, regular potatoes with this delicious spread we buy from Wegmans, quinoa, and he had just started to take a few pieces of our pasta. Rice is hit or miss, depending on his mood, what type of rice it is and how it’s prepared.
Now, lunch. Lunch is still the trickiest meal for us. I contribute this mostly to the fact that Xander and I don’t eat lunch together. I eat lunch during his nap time and he still typically eats his lunch after his nap (with a snack before nap). We’ve been doing sandwiches (hummus, pesto, and american cheese is a favorite), leftovers from dinner, and snack plates lately. I could really use some ideas in this department!
Bye bye booster? Within the last two weeks, Xander has been asserting his independence at the kitchen table. Our high chair had a booster seat detachment that we’ve had on the kitchen chair for months, but recently he’s become bothered by being strapped in, and would say “done” or “out” before even taking one bite of food. We took the booster seat off the chair and his frustrations have lessened so much!
Ideally he still needs some type of booster because he’s not quite tall enough for the table, but we’ll need to see what the less bulky options are or if he will even tolerate that. He loves being able to climb on the chair and get himself situated, so we very well be saying goodbye to any type of seat.
Snack time can be tricky – especially when out of the house. Snack time can be another troublesome meal time that I need some suggestions on! Xander still doesn’t enjoy fruit, so that easy snack option doesn’t work for us. He tends to eat mostly carb-related snacks like crackers when we are out of the house, especially if we are around other babies (since he sees what they are eating and wants the same thing). Trust me, we’ve had many fights about gold fish. Those darn fish. I’ve been trying to pack string cheese as a snack lately, but he’s very hit or miss on accepting that as his snack. More often than not, mommy gets a little mid-morning cheese snack.
Xander is such a kitchen helper! X man continues to love to help in the kitchen – especially pancake morning! He’s pretty good with getting the ingredients in the bowl too! Cracking eggs is a different story because he usually thinks all eggs are hard boiled and can be mangled. We’ll work on that kitchen skill next year 😉
And lastly, to help with getting Xander to like fruit, we try to cut up one fruit every night with dinner and eat it as a family. If Xander touches the fruit to his lips we consider it a success! So far, grapes have been the closest success, as he actually has bit into it and sucked a little juice. He, of course, being the little independent man he is, likes to hold the whole grape, so it’s a tricky process that requires a lot of supervision due to grapes choking hazard potential.
I think those all the notes I have for Xander’s food update – let me know if you have any questions!