The Fun Of Food Time

toddler messy eating
Food on the floor, on the wall, in your hair.

It's not a work of art but meal time and rather than a meal being devoured it's being discarded. We've all been there. You feel a sense of accomplishment after creating an assortment of yummy meals for your family. You sort them into containers and sigh with contentment knowing everyone will be eating healthy, nutritious meals with a few sneaky treats thrown in of course. But all that achievement goes out the window when you sit down to feed your baby/toddler/child and watch as your hard work is either spat out or thrown on the floor. It's a scenario that is on repeat in my house at the moment with my one-year-old and it's providing many moments of frustration. Some meal times find us offering up several different options just to make sure she has food in her belly. If the advice that's been offered up from other parents is anything to go by, it's a battle we could be dealing with for a little while longer. As parents we spend a lot of time trying to work out what is best for our children and what to feed them is no exception. But is there a right way or wrong way to do it? From the moment your child is born, if not before, you're bombarded with information on how to feed them. It starts with breast feeding or bottle feeding and then you move into the delicate world of solids. This is where feeding your child could either make or break you. And it certainly doesn't help if you feel like your decisions are judged by those around you. For us we went through a patch where our little girl would only eat food from a pouch. And let me tell you there are people who have a lot of opinions on what else you should try when they find out you give your child pouch food. Honestly does it really matter? It's not like it's puréed fast food, although I have heard stories.... But in all seriousness, as long as your child is getting the nourishment they need, is putting on weight and growing, it doesn't matter which way you go about it.

I've always thought along the lines of do what works best for you and your child. If you don't agree with what someone else is doing that is your opinion but always remember it's their choice. After another day of cleaning food off the floor once again, I remind or rather tell myself that like many other aspects of my daughter's development, it's just a phase and one I hope doesn't stick around too long! But for now we'll just do what works. **Ideas for feeding fussy toddlers (you can only try!) -make meal times fun and try to eat together where possible -if you're little one is old enough let them help with the meal where possible -if making sandwiches try cutting different shapes -mix vegetables together in the form of quiches or pasta bakes -change it up (we all have favourite foods but eating the same thing all the time could get boring for little tummies) -if it's easier (but won't always be cleaner) let them feed themselves if they're old enough, it may work out better than you thought -talk to other parents, they may just have the solution you're looking for! -keep smiling, even when you don't feel like it! You can also follow my blog online at shereeechlin.com

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