My girl, now 4, has always been a slow/small eater. When she was a baby she would drink 100 ml while other babies were drinking 180 or 220, etc. And with food she also lags. It’s not that she’s overly picky about what she eats. I believe she’s fairly good about eating almost anything we eat (I will eat absolutely anything and my wife’s not so picky). But she eats so damned slow.
I don’t know if it’s part of the problem or the solution, but we’ve long allowed her to play with small toys, or read books or draw while she eats, because an average meal may plod on for an hour and as long as her mind is occupied reading or drawing or doing a puzzle, we can keep loading in the spoonfuls. But once the food’s in her mouth she can keep it there for twenty minutes without chewing it, unless we prod her and tell her to chew (which we do continuously through every meal), so it takes an eternity between bites.
Moreover, by her age most kids (fat Chinese kids especially) will wolf down a whole bowl of food all alone, without assistance. But our girl’s so slow that we rarely wait for her to pick up the spoon/fork/quaidze and instead pick it up for her, so we can shovel it in and try to reach an end to the relentless process.
She’s always been a little slim but I believe she’s always been perfectly healthy and fit. More likely to show her ribs a little than to have a layer of fat, like other kids, but I don’t think there’s anything terrible about that.
Instead, the problem is mostly that it takes so damned long to eat that she’s driving us (especially my wife) mad at meal times. I bear with her, play her games and patiently sit beside her shoveling in the spoonfuls for an hours. But, to be honest, I wish we could get the meal over with in a half hour without having to constantly force her, so we could move on to other, more pleasant pursuits.
Anyone else have/had similar issues? Any suggestions?