Before I had kids I would see kids who would only eat chicken nuggets and would think to myself, you just need to offer other food and they will eat it. I was pretty harsh. Just give your child what you are eating.... eventually he will he when he's hungry. While I still believe this on some level it really is more complicated than that.
I did my own version of baby led weaning, they got some baby food when we need it for convenience, but they have been eating table food since they were 7 months and nothing else since they were about 9 months. Ben used to eat EVERYTHING veggies and fruit and would gobble up whatever we put in front of him. Penny still does for the most part, she has a few foods she doesn't like, but don't we all? Ben on the other hand will only eat a handful of food. He will eat most fruit and cheese, hot dogs, mac and cheese and everything else is touch and go. And he doesn't get hot dogs and mac and cheese much. For dinner they always eat what we eat and lunch is a little more "kid's food."
So we started young. We have offered a wide variety of food. We don't make him special meals. And we keep offering healthy choices. And don't let them snack all day. This was all I though you needed to do. Clearly once again I had no idea. Hopefully Ben will eat again soon.
Here is how lunch went. We had pizza quesadilla, pears and blueberries, and carrots. All things he has eaten in the past.
So hopefully Ben will learn that toddlers can not survive on Animal Crackers alone.... because I think that is what he is angling for.
Got any tips to get more food into my little guy? I would love to hear them!