Re: Picky Eater
At under a year, a baby's primary source of nutrition should be breastmilk, not solids. Breastmilk has the ideal balance of nutrients- fat, protein, carbohydrates, etc.- for the rapidly developing infant brain and body. There are no solids that provide the same sort of complete and balanced nutrition. Until the first birthday (or thereabouts), solids are just for experimenting with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. After the first birthday, solids become an increasingly important component of a baby's diet, but the transition from needing only mama's milk to needing a ton of solids is a gradual one, with many babies not consuming a majority-solids diet until well into their second year. So you don't need to worry for a moment that your baby is missing out on complete nutrition due to his pickiness. And obviously he's doing just fine on his current diet- he didn't get to be 23 lbs by accident. (Good job, mama!)
Frequent nursing both day and night is totally normal for a 10 month old baby. It's not a sign of inadequate solid intake. It may be that your baby requires some night nursing sessions to meet his calorie needs, but it's also quite possible that he's waking out of habit, because his teeth are bothering him, because he misses you, or because he's mastering some new developmental milestone that's causing him to be a bit more restive at night. If the night-waking is getting you down, I suggest checking out Elizabeth Pantley's book "The No-Cry Sleep Solution", which has gentle tips for helping babies sleep longer and more independently.
Pickiness in an older baby/toddler is also very normal. It's probably a good thing, too: once a baby is mobile and starts getting into all sorts of places where he didn't used to be able to go, it's important for him to become somewhat discriminating about what he eats or he stands a good chance of putting something poisonous in his mouth. There is nothing you can do to stop your baby from being picky. The only things you can do are to model good eating habits, because your baby may be more inclined to try a new food if he sees you eating and enjoying it, and placing a variety of healthy choices in front of your baby. Don't get sucked into the trap of offering only your baby's preferred foods just so that he will eat.
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