Reply to My 2 and a half year old son is at the stage where he won't eat anything exce...

Austin, I hear you. My kid went through a similar phase and my hubby is also a softie— so we agreed that instead of a bar, we would offer him the ‘naughtiest’ home made snacks we were willing to use as a transitional foods (to healthier eating). He likes pasta grapes, berries, peanut butter, butter, sweet homemade jams from farmers markets (low preservatives etc), trail mix dried fruits etc. we were willing to live with ‘natural sources’ sugar like from grapes and fruits and he was allowed a choice between say decadently made PBJ or a bag of grapes. Somedays snack was sinful brioche bread with thick spread butter. the general idea was nothing out of a packet but if it was too rich we would limit the portion to say half a sandwich. I got him a crinkly reusable sandwich wrap thing from etsy and I let him unwrap the velcro etc to get to it. I think he felt it was similar to the bar experience. I did make one tiny batch of homemade cookies but they were the savory english tea biscuit variety. when he was especially difficult we would tell him those were the only ‘bars’ around and it was that or the bowl of fruit with PB. they were so unsatisfying that he quickly gave them up. I do think he was also teething so he liked the texture of the bars. so we would offer him things he didn’t always eat but liked to chew on- like celery sticks, apples, carrots, rusk, greek yogurt topped with honey and granola. of course we did indulge him occasionally by giving him some baby cheerios type munchies when he was tired hungry and super difficult. good luck. O and my dr said there is no rule for 3 fixed meals a day but No grazing all day. if my kid wants 6 healthy ‘snacks’ through the day, that’s ok too.