Kiddie food battles

By admin
29 October 2013

New parents often worry about so many things, especially feeding a baby or toddler. Our parenting blogger Meg Faure shares her top five tips to help you relax about food issues.

Feeding a baby and toddler, in my opinion, is one of the toughest aspects of parenting! It’s tough because weight gain can feel like the only measurable thing you have as a mom and while it appears to be the one thing you can control, it’s actually the one thing you can’t control. So because it is a fraught with anxiety and emotion, these are my top five tips on feeding your baby and toddler.

Growth charts are guidelines

Your baby’s growth chart is a guideline, not a goal. What we do know is that babies should gain weight from one weigh to the next. Do not weigh weekly, unless your baby was premature or ill or there is already cause for concern. The only time you need to see your doctor is if your baby loses weight or if her height and weigh proportion changes markedly. If your baby’s growth line changes suddenly, you can also bring it to your doctor’s attention.

In a nutshell, if your baby is gaining weight, is happy and sleeping well and produces 8-10 wet nappies a day – you are probably doing a great job feeding him or her.

Pick your battles

Feeding is the one area that you don’t want to have undue stress because it can cause emotional issues if it is a war zone. The important battles are:

  • You decide where your baby eats
  • You decide what your baby eats
  • Let your baby decide how much she eats

Ditch the guilt

Almost every mom experiences guilt related to what she or her baby has eaten. It starts in pregnancy when you feel guilty about that one cup of coffee or the sushi you could not resist. The breast/bottle debate is one seriously thorny arena and. of course, introducing solids is a minefield of unparalleled proportions. The best solution is to ditch the ideal – do your best and do the rest in love.

Eat socially

I hate eating alone – do you? So why do we expect our toddlers to guzzle a bland blend of peas and carrots with an audience and no mates at the table? Join your toddler in social eating – at least once a week have family dinner and eat with your toddler, chatting and having fun. Mealtimes are best when social.

Keep it healthy

Healthy food is a wonderful gift because it instills healthy choices for life. In principle, no salt, low sugar and zero junk food should be the goal. Make your baby’s food yourself and when you can’t, choose wholesome prepared meals rather than fast food.

-Meg

For more healthy eating tips book your slot at Meg’s Baby Essentials workshop – call 021-462-1508.

Meg is an occupational therapist with a special interest in treating fussy babies and those with sleep problems. She brought the Baby Sense brand to life in 2005 and is the owner of the company Baby Sense, for which she develops innovative baby products.

Meg co-authored the bestsellers Baby Sense (published in 2002, new edition 2010) and Sleep Sense (published in 2007) with Sister Ann Richardson. She wrote Feeding Sense (published in 2010) with dietician Kath Megaw and Dr Simon Strachan, and her fourth book, Your Sensory Baby, was published in May 2011.

Meg has also developed a collection of innovative Baby Sense products based on her Sensible Sensory Parenting principles outlined in her books.

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