We’ve recently shifted from managing Harper’s food chain from a bite-to-bite distribution model where we would manage the flow of veggies, fruits, and protein rich items one bite at a time to a feed-thyself strategy whereby we put the whole meal in front of her and let her decide in what order she consumes them.
To my delight she typically consumes all food categories by the end of the meal. Yes, the fruit is usually the focus early on and eventually she ends up with a meal casserole or meal shake (she’s really into putting things in her cup and drinking them. Pasta OJ anyone?) but it’s great to see it all go in her belly by the end.
This change of strategy requires more after meal cleanup but it’s a big step toward becoming an independent eater and I’m not too concerned with the blackberry stains on her onesies