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by bkhoury on August 04, 2011

As Hunter starts to get a little older (and more independent), I find myself becoming not lazy exactly, but a little loosy goosy about how I serve his food.  For example, I might try to give him an entire slice of toast or bagel to eat.  Or an entire chicken tender to bite. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “The kid should learn how to bite off a simple piece of bagel for heaven’s sake.”

However, I have noticed a dramatic difference in how well the 1 ½ year old eats when I make his food more manageable for him.  When I cut a piece of meat, sausage, even eggs into smaller bites, he is much more likely to consume everything in front of him!  This holds true for vegetables too.  If a piece of broccoli is a little too uncomfortable in his little mouth, forget it.  Make the pieces just the right size though, and he is begging for more in a flash. 

As I observed this phenomenon with Hunter, I also realized it even holds true for my three year old as well! (Of course to a lesser extent, but still worth noting).  William gobbles down entire bagels in a flash, but when it comes to meat, nuts, and crunchier veggies, the size of bite is a huge eating factor. 

Luckily, when Will was just starting to eat solids, I discovered how much easier it is to cut up food on a cutting board instead of a plate.  This also has the added benefit of helping to cool off hot food faster. I went out and purchased loads of the smaller cutting boards so I could go through numerous ones in one meal, and so they don’t take up too much room in my dishwasher! 

Another tip I found is to use the largest knife possible when chopping.  It’s so much more efficient!  Whenever my mom comes to visit she inevitably grabs a tiny little knife or even a butter knife.  I say pull out the “big dog” and own it like a top chef! 

So, I’ve realized I can’t cut the bootstraps just yet when it comes to presenting food to my kids.  I will cater to my hungry little monkeys a little longer, which really, is just fine with this mommy. 

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  • You could also give Will a banana and a butter knife and let him have at it—hours of entertainment (or at least 10 minutes)!

    By JenDavis on August 5, 2011 at 06:21 PM
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