Rest assured that this is a normal stage in your toddler’s
development. Almost all toddlers go through a stage of becoming a little
obsessive about their lives, demanding to wear certain clothing,
drinking only from a specific cup, or eating just a few chosen foods.
In some ways,
toddlerhood is a mini-adolescence, when children assert themselves and
their independence in no small measure. Unfortunately, this often
extends to their choice of food, which is clearly an emotive issue with
parents and carers, and bound to get a good response.
The simplest and best
way to deal with this is to ignore food fads and “statements.” Continue
to offer the same food you always have, and new foods too, and remove
what he doesn’t eat without comment. When he realizes that his efforts
to rebel aren’t getting any response, he’s likely to give in and resume
his normal eating patterns.