If only babies and toddlers could feel the same way…
I happen to think, and believe, that children and babies are fond of food, and, if introduced at the right time in the proper manner, will come to enjoy many tastes and textures. It is a nightmare for many parents when they feel their baby or toddler is just not eating enough food or not taking in sufficient nutrients needed to grow.
Often the cause is not the baby rather the person who is trying so hard to get their little one to eat! We are all guilty of at least one time having a child say “done” and then we return with “one more spoon?” and right there is where it starts. The pattern of something you will never be able to control, the need to get that one more spoon of food in!
No amount of “here comes the airplane” will open up the runway.
The war food starts; yes you have just given the ammunition needed to your child/baby for a war that is impossible for you to win.
- Relax: Start over with a gentle not too much attention to food. You need to switch to a “I don’t really mind if you don’t eat it attitude.”
- Don’t hover: Don’t hang around their chair; or engage into much chit chat about the food that is on their plate. Always stay close by just potter around and direct your attention elsewhere or sit and eat with your child.
- Mimic: Children, Baby’s and Toddles mimic what they see, set an example sit with your child and eat.
- Graze: Know there comes a time for grazing; as your child grows they often prefer finger foods and may reject soft sloppy textures. This is their way of telling you they are ready for something more solid, more substantial.
- Refusal: Never take a food out of their daily diet, chances are they don’t like it today, tomorrow but quite possibly will come back to it. If you stop serving it to your baby/child you will never know.
- Introduction: Consider introducing the least favorable foods first, if your baby has nothing to compare it to then they will no know difference! So introduce beans and other non-sweet veg – and then the sweet potatoes carrots and peas, all of which have a sweeter taste to baby’s pallet.