Food with Ethan is a battle. He has a very limited diet, he will mostly only eat yellow things, and sensory issues can also make him refuse items. We even attended a food sensory group last year in the hope to improve his eating.
Little E’s weaning has also been more challenging than we expected it to be. She has decided that Baby Led Weaning is right for her and I have been picking our dinners out of the Baby Led Weaning Cookbook.
This has been a challenge for Ethan as we have been putting meals in-front of him that he has never eaten before. This has included potato salad, homemade fish fingers and a vegetable biryani, to name just a few.
Now I won’t lie and say this has been easy, and it is an ongoing battle, but Ethan has tried everything new. It may only be one spoonful with a very tiny amount of food, but he has been the one to put the new food up to his mouth.
This is a massive step for him and I do believe his sister has helped him. We have been using Little E as an example, telling Ethan to look at her whilst she tried the new food. Fingers crossed it has worked for now and it will continue to work.
We have also noticed that Little E will look at her brother whilst he eats so we have had to relax our attitude more than we would have liked with our food battles. This is because we don’t want Little E to pick up on any of Ethan’s food fears from seeing him distressed at the dinner table.
So food will continue to be a minefield in our home but hopefully it won’t be too much of a battleground!