Charlie is officially an eater! Well, kind of. He still has room for improvement, but lots of progress has been made since February when he was exclusively nursing. We're still working on variety and consistency (he often only eats one tiny meal a day), but now he happily takes a bottle and will eat at least one thing from all food groups. It's enough to sustain life, and help him grow and hopefully he will continue to improve as he gets older.
We were meeting with his therapist once a week at the beginning and then every other week towards the end. I'm really not sure how essential the visits were to his progress, but he did eat better for her then for me, and she did have lots of ideas about different foods to try and how we could alter presentation to entice him to eat. His last visit was at the end of June, and now the rest is up to him.
Favorites: milk, all condiments, guacamole, peanut butter, pouch purees, pizza, ham, noodles, & fruit snacks
Dislikes: all fruit/veggies in their natural form, things that are cold, things that are plain
I stopped nursing at the beginning of June and I think taking away that food source has helped him eat better. He loves his bottle now and takes one 3-4 times a day.
One night Charlie was upset at dinner. We kept giving him different things to try, and then finally realized he was asking for corn on the cob. We gave him Davey's that had already been partially eaten, and he cleaned up the rest.
For Charlie it's all about the dipping sauces. He likes to have options and will eat the sauce without food, but not food without sauce. His favorites are ketchup, ranch, honey mustard, and the Polynesian sauce from Chick fil A.
He also loves to eat food off toothpicks. It's the only way I can get him to eat meat or cheese, but sadly even that method doesn't work for fruit.