After my recent post and talking to several people about my frustration with my picky eater, I got a lot of really good suggestions. Here are the conclusions I've come to.
1. I waited too long to introduce table food to him. Too late to fix now, but I will learn from my mistake. My next baby will not eat Gerber baby food. I plan on making all her food so she doesn't get too used to the smooth texture of Gerber purees.
2. When he doesn't like a food, I need to try it again at least 3 more times before moving on to the next one, to give him a chance to get used to the texture. So spaghetti O's it is for the next 3 days!
3. I need to let him start trying to feed himself. This one is a hard one for me because I don't like the mess he makes, but after talking with a few nurses last night at work they convinced me that I need to let him play with his food and start trying to feed himself, even if he does make a mess.
4. I need to cut way back on the bottles. If he fills up on milk or rather formula, he isn't going to be as motivated to eat food.
5. As for not liking regular milk, I am going to try a few things; soy milk, and whole milk blended with banana like a smoothie.
Today at lunch I decided to give the self feeding thing a try. I stripped his shirt off and put him in his highchair with the food (in a bowl that suctions to the tray so he can't throw it) and let him have at it. He made quite a mess as I suspected, but I was quite surprised that he actually did seem to eat better this way. I still hate the mess, he had to go straight into the tub afterwards, but I think he will make some progress if I let him feed himself. Maybe just one meal a day for now though, he can't be taking 3 baths a day.
I wonder if he will be left handed or right handed. He held the spoon in his left hand, but he put the food in his mouth with his right hand.