As a Mom of a 1st grader and a baby learning to eat solids, I’m constantly striking a balance between feeding my kids healthy and feeding them what they’ll actually eat. It’s a definitely a battle, but one I chose to fight. There’s just too many benefits to a healthy diet.
Last week I held a giveaway for a copy of Nancy Tringali Piho’s Book, My Two-Year-Old eats Octopus. The winner was Stephanie.
For those that didn’t win, I highly recommend the book. Click here to check it out on Amazon. It’s not going to solve all your feeding woes but it will validate your struggles and give you a new perspectives on how kids eat today.
Here’s a few tips from the author as a preview…
Make it a Big Deal Because it IS! 1 of 5Starting Baby on his first solids…is a Big Deal, for both him and for you. Treat it as such. This eating business is an important new skill that will serve him well for the rest of his life. His first tastes of individual foods such as fruits and vegetables are priceless.
Remember Baby Food Companies NEED you to need them. 2 of 5You can find an endless amount of information about feeding Baby from commercial baby food companies. While some of it may be useful, it is all slanted to portray their products in the best possible light.
Picture from: eatright.org
Don’t Overcomplicate it! 3 of 5Preparing homemade baby foods and infant mini-meals is some of the simplest cooking you'll ever do.
Feed Them What You Eat 4 of 5By the time they turn one, or shortly thereafter, children should be eating essentially what you eat. (This is presuming your diet to be generally nutritious and healthful, and rich in variety and flavor!)
It’s Not Always Going to Be Easy 5 of 5Almost all children, even your star eaters, will go through weird food phases, picky eater stages, and days/weeks/months when they practically battle with you about their food. Continue to serve it as it should be served through as much of this as you possibly can, allowing them to choose to eat it in the way that they prefer. Eventually—sometimes, very eventually—this behavior should wane, to be replaced by a new acceptance of the foods.
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