OK, so, I'll preface this with a brief admission of my failure as a parent. I don't feel good about this. It wasn't by design and I am not happy about it.
This all started when my son was about 1.8 years old. He was walking around, curious of everything. I was drinking a soylent-laced smoothie, and he wanted to try it. It was kind of chalky and it wasn't sweet or particularly tasty, so I thought he'd have a sip and be done with it. NOPE. He couldn't get enough. Big gulps.. Chugging it... As time went on, he insisted on tasting just about everything that could possibly be something like that, which included plain soylent (mixed with almond milk). I figured, that's definitely not tasty, he'll avoid that if I give him some.. NOPE again. Almond milk is like an energy drink for toddlers.. He bounced off the walls but was otherwise unharmed...
This went on... I was never a super-habitual soylent drinker. It was always an odd treat and supplementing my meals, not replacing them. Still, he came to recognize the bags and would pursue it..
It wasn't really an issue until 2.0 came out. The wife and I love 2.0. He ended up trying it (his mother was the one to let him have some of it, I protested actually) and he loved it, too. Soon, it became something that he frequently went after. 2 year olds are naturally picky eaters, so I'll admit that I was happy to have him consume something when he otherwise would not be.
He's now 2.6 years old and has been frequently drinking soylent 2-5 times a week... Now, we're having issues.
2 year olds are picky eaters, quite often, so I think that it's somewhat expected that he really only has a few staple foods that he'll routinely eat... Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.. grilled cheese.. oat meal.. pancakes.. plain bread.. apples and bananas.. pizza... He's not limited to that list but we rarely get him to eat new foods. We're not totally unhappy with his nutrition but his soylent consumption is definitely troublesome.
I think that his soylent drinking may be stifling his drive to try new foods.. I think that he's figured out that if he hunger strikes long enough, eventually we will cave and give him a bottle of Soylent.
His development has been stellar. He's big, strong, and healthy. His mental development is great. He's brilliant, can solve puzzles and answer questions.. He has a large vocabulary and can follow multi-tiered instructions (when he wants to). He does have a speech impediment. A lot of his words sound too much alike to be discernible. We've taken him to speech pathologists and they won't diagnose him with anything as he hasn't exactly been delayed to the point where they would be concerned... He's got the words, but the sounds are giving him trouble. Strangely enough, his Japanese speech is great.. We think that he's often blending the languages. It's expected for bilingual babies to have a slight delay... I digress...
How does the community feel about a toddler drinking soylent?