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Carly has decided that she loves chips. I have been letting her eat them whenever she wants because it is so hard to get her to eat anything.
Would you all let your LOs eat junk food if they will eat it without a problem? We still try to get her to eat healthy foods and she will pick at them. We will put her in the highchair for meal times and give her healthier food. Between meals, however, I will let her eat whatever she wants. Is that wrong?
Mom to Issac (8/22/99), Carly (8/10/06), and Zack (2/7/11)
Surromom/Aunt to Luke (1/21/09)
I think it's up to you to decide what's best, but I just had a thought. Could you use the chips as a bargaining tool to get her to eat healthy food? My DS loves oranges (I know, not junk food, but whatever) so sometimes we'll say he can have another piece of orange if he eats one bite of meat. Sometimes we'll even give a choice - he has to eat one bite of meat or one bite of peas and then he can have the orange. We stay very positive too - "yeah, yeah, that's a good idea - orange! Yea, you can have orange. You just need to eat one bite of meat first and I'll zoom over and get your orange right away!" I mean, you don't want it to become a control issue or something, but we use bargaining pretty succecssfully at times to get him to eat some of his more fattening foods (as orange is healthy, but won't help him gain much weight!). After he's eaten a nice portion of whatever we want him to eat we then just give him as much orange as he wants to finish filling him up.
Just a thought.
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I think it depends on what your doctors think... I know when Caeden's situation was more "dire" (for lack of a better word) i was told to let him eat whatever , and get the calories in him any way i could. At that point, calories was more important than anything.
Now that he's been doing better, i think there's more focus on getting a good variety, and a good balance of nutrients in him.
It's a hard thing to balance for sure... and i know i struggle with it a lot, and tend to go back and forth depending on how well i see him doing at the time. It sounds like she's getting her healthy foods in at mealtimes though, so i don't see why some chips in between would be a problem if it's not affecting her meals. So i say go with your gut... And bring it up with her doctors if you're still unsure.
I agree. With Anastasia it got the point where we were told to let her eat whatever she would eat. We had to earn her "trust" with food. So we did give her a lot of junk food in the beginning. By a lot I mean, once a day or so - but for her it was a lot. Once she was eating more food we started incorporating "sweet" healthy food (fruit and such). It's taken well over a year to get to the point where she is eating a lot more healthier food, but we still give her the junk food in moderation.
~Beth~ Wife to my Airman Chris, and mommy to: Anthony Nathaniel (8/31/04), Anastasia Fae (8/01/06), Baby C (lost on 10/12/07), David Cillian (7/31/08), Charles George (4/29/10), and Alan Christopher (2/22/12)