I suspect this is totally normal, but I’m wondering if anyone has any advice for me. Meals with PJ have become something I dread. He eats relatively well for a two-year-old, but it takes him FOREVER to eat. He’ll take a bite and then find some way to play with his food or his fork, or both. Then he’ll take several huge gulps of his drink before finding some way to play with that. Every few minutes I attempt to re-focus him on the task at hand (“PJ, eat it!”), but it rarely does the job–and when it does, it only lasts for one bite. Last night, M had to resort to feeding him one bite at a time, like we’re doing for BabyN. Even then, he tried to stall between each bite. If we let him, he would sit at the table all day, just moving from one meal to the next. But then he’d get bored–long before he got full–and ask to get down to go play.
Has anyone else dealt with this issue? I’m guessing it’s fairly normal, but I don’t know how to address it, how to encourage him to actually eat at mealtimes and cut the eating marathons a bit shorter. Does anyone have suggestions for me to try?