I am embarrassed to admit I have been spoon feeding my 2 yo and DH and I have decided to get our acts together to teach DD to self feed.
DD used to be a great eater, she would eat any vegetable or meat when she was 14-15 months and didn't require us to spoon feed her, except for messy food like rice or spaghetti. Then it slowly went down hill... She started playing with food, would scoop up some rice and drop them on the floor, squashed the veggie and laughed, instead of allowing her to explore or taking her plate away, we started to take control of the situation by spoon feeding her main meals. At 18 months, Dd started childcare, she needed help initially at meal times but since she moved up to the toddler room 2 months ago she has been self feeding all meals and didn't need any assistant.
We now know she is capable of using her hands, spoon and fork, a few days ago we decided to let her eat by herself. First day, DD did well with her breakfast (half a bowl of oats using a spoon, half an avocado with a fork), half a bowl of creamy tuna pasta and some yogurt for lunch, banana and a cup of milk for afternoon tea, a small plate of eggplant and mushroom for dinner, she refused the meatballs I made and the rice I guess not bad for first day but it is so much less than what she usually eats
Last night she only ate mushroom and some steak. But ate a lot of fruits. During spoon fed phase she would usually eat half a cucumber, a big piece of chicken and a large bowl of mash potatoes I am not sure what to do. Is my toddler testing my boundary at the moment and thinks that I would go back to spoon feeding? Or she is not comfortable eating by herself? Could you share some of your experiences? We have been doing this for a few days, and she really doesn't eat much during lunch and dinner.