Murphy’s Law of Toddlerhood

Your toddler loved to eat oatmeal and ate it for three meals out of four in the day. Now you can’t pay her to eat it. She went through an apple juice trend, refusing all other drinks if it wasn’t apple juice. Now she just turns her nose up at the offering.

In our house, it was treasure. That’s what the midget called chocolate chip mini muffins. She developed an obsession with them. We couldn’t swap them out for any other food when she wanted treasure for a snack. Then one day, she just stopped eating it altogether – leaving six boxes of the blooming things on our shelves for my husband to eat.

They’re Not Fickle

Your toddler is not necessarily being fickle so much as they are exerting some measure of control over their environment and their diet. Your midget probably enjoyed the foods they were having, because often times they are still fascinated by the tastes and the textures. They may also be craving a vitamin or mineral to be found in the food.

From ages 2 to 3, my daughter wouldn’t touch plain milk. She wanted chocolate milk or no milk at all. From 3 to 5, chocolate milk went by the wayside and it was plain whole milk she wanted.

Murphy’s Dietary Train made several stops at our house along the way, we went through phases with bananas, apples, potatoes, vegetables and meats. In fact, one of my favorites was the spinach train. She wanted spinach with her breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner.

We went through two cases of spinach during this phase and then she gave up spinach for peas. Eventually, the peas lost their seat on the train to green beans. A few years later and she likes all three equally. So be patient with your toddler and their tyrannical dietary needs.

Chances are that if you reintroduce the food they’ve suddenly gone quite off of in a few weeks after, they will enjoy it again – but chances are the passion for eating it non-stop will have been extinguished and they’ll eat it a little more normally.

What foods have you encountered on the Murphy Dietary Train?

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Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.