Hi I'm hoping someone else has successfully dealt with this problem before. Those of you who follow my blogs/discussions will know that my 2 year old is an incredibly fussy eater. Well now we have a new delightful problem to deal with. She eats what she wants from her meal then keeps the last mouthful in her mouth for about 20 minutes until we get so fed up of her not chewing or swallowing it that we end up removing it from her mouth.
At this point my hubby is totally fed up, he's coaxed her gently into swallowing it for a good 10 minutes but she just sits there with a mouth full of mashed up food which probably now tastes disgusting having no flavour or moisture left in it.
We've tried saying it's naughty to do this, it's disgusting in fact but she just does it again and again even when she's enjoyed her meal.
Anyone got any clues why she is doing this or how to deal with it? My hubby lost it last night and had a bit of a strop at her which had no effect whatsoever of course and he realised this afterwards but he said it just wound him up so much.
It's a shame because when she's eaten ok we then let her have fruit then a dessert but she's missing out now as we won't let her have 'treats' when she does this. Is this the right approach?
We've only just started to deal better with her fussiness by mostly ignoring it and now this comes along...