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Ayanna’s appetite has undoubtedly increased, even though it may not equal previous times. Though Ayanna always tends to refuse the first couple of spoons, she ultimately accepts and enjoys her food. It is this way until she is distracted and refuses to eat no longer even though she may still be hungry. No amount of distraction, singing or cajoling will do. So we’re experimenting with a new method – once she’s lost interest, we allow her to resume play and attempt to feed her again after. This is followed by some self-feeding.
If Ayanna is left to eat on her own at a time when she’s not interested, she resorts to food throwing. To avoid this, I’ve decreased the amount of finger food she has in her plate. I add more when the rest have been consumed. Though little messes are welcomed, mummy has to resort to a simple but firm warning when the food throwing becomes excessive.
A learning experience it is to feed one's self.
There’s no denying that taking full control of the feeding process will bring any meal to a close more speedily, more efficiently and much more neatly, but for a toddler eating is not merely an exercise in speed, efficiency and neatness but a learning experience.