The children were nestled, all snug in their beds, while visions of sugary goodies danced in their heads. And I, in my pajamas and amazing bedhead hair, decided to blog on the computer instead of just sitting to stare.
Today, I am asking for your opinion on a myriad o’ topics. Oh yes. I am actually asking for your opinion. I know. I rarely do such a thing. But seeing as how I am moving into the toddler phase with my girls (what? seriously? where has the time gone?), I thought it might be ok, just this once, to see what the interwebs think. I know there are a lot more of you that read my blog than comment, so please, please, PLEASE comment this week. I am actually asking you to. For reals.
Ok, the subject matter is babies (obviously) and their ever-changing ways. The twins turned one on Monday and we saw our pediatrician on Tuesday, and it never fails that I think of a million questions for her after we leave the office. I know I could probably just call and bug the phone nurse lady, but I have found that the opinions of moms who are right “in the thick of it” as I am are typically much better at handling these questions.
First question: How did you do the whole wean them off of formula/breast/bottle feeding? My girls have been on formula from a bottle since they were about 2 months, and I’m just not sure how to pull the ol’ switcheroo to whole milk (Yuck, by the way! I drink skim, so the idea of whole milk is kinda gross). Do you mix them together? Give them formula at one feeding and milk at another? Do you switch cold turkey? We’ve got about 2 weeks worth of formula left, so we’re going to use it up (cause that stuff is expensive!), but after that I don’t know how to handle it.
Second question: What do you feed your child to eat? I feel like all I give my girls is chicken, and I don’t know what to incorporate for some variety. Also, how do you get your kid(s) to eat their veggies? Mine would rather eat 3 chicken nuggets than carrots or green beans! I’m glad they like protein so much, but I’m just at a loss. (PS They do eat granola bars, yogurt, pasta, beef, chicken, green beans, carrots, bread, mashed potatoes, cheese, etc. I was just trying to say that they really seem to prefer chicken…A LOT).
Third question: How do you know if they are eating enough? Should I make them finish all their food? Is it ok to just let them eat a few bites if they don’t seem interested? The pediatrician did stress that it is ok if they don’t eat a lot at some meals and gobble everything up at others, but I would like to hear from other moms about your experience. Also, do you have a picky eater? How do you handle her/him?
Finally, have you turned your child’s car seat around? What prompted you to do so? Does it make life easier for everyone when they ride in the car facing front? What do you think about the reports out there that you should wait until the child is 2?
Alright everyone, fire away. I’m eager to learn from you and your life experiences!