There is no manual for the perfect parenting. We do what works for our families to the best of our abilities.
When I was a young mom and it was time for my babies to being sampling food. I just let them eat off my plate. I actually used to bird feed them. I'd chew it up just a bit and then put it in their mouths. That way I was sure, they wouldn't choke on anything I missed by spoon feeding them.
I also expected that they would come to eat the meals I make. They sampled everything and eventually demanded their own plate and now they eat haughtily with the rest of the family. Of course there are things they show preference for and things they simply do not like, as we all do, but they make a brave try to eat it or I simply hide it in the recipe :)
In my home there would be no personal catering to singular needs. I cook for the family and we all eat together. I was not going to make 3 different meals for 3 different people and etc.
I think parents need to learn the importance of easing their babies into the family as they develop instead of giving up their rights and allowing the child to lead which can wreak havoc on mealtime as todders are simply not capable of being considerate in their demands.
But just because it wasn't so difficult for me, doesn't mean so many of you moms aren't struggling or have struggled with mealtimes in your home, so here is a really good book, written from experience that is bound to help your efforts and be a nice gift for someone else!
The book: Give Peas a Chance - The Foolproof Guide to Feeding Your Picky Toddler to help new moms at this phase of their parenting.
The book covers pretty much everything!! There are great stories from other parents and real life scenarios on how a situation could be handled differently with better outcome than a screaming toddler and a crying mommy!
Definitely a must read if you need help with mealtimes in your family.
Any parent who has ever begged their child to try “just one bite” can now make meal time a snap!
Give Peas a Chance by pediatric nutritionist (and mom of a picky eater) Kate Samela is the ultimate survival guide for parents of picky toddlers.
Feeding children nutritious meals can feel like a daunting and impossible task, creating a pattern of confusion surrounding feeding infants and toddlers among parents.
Give Peas a Chance provides parents with a unique set of tips and secrets to create and foster a healthy food relationship with their toddler and, most importantly, helps them keep their sanity at the dinner table.
Give Peas a Chance covers a wide range of concerns for parents:
Is your toddler really a picky eater?
—Many parents are surprised to find out that some “picky” eating habits are perfectly normal during a toddler’s developmental stage. Learn how to develop a sense of clarity about your child’s natural desire to eat small amounts of food on-the-go.
From baby food to table food
—Parents are often afraid to move their toddler to table food, because they fear their toddler could not eat enough on his own. Learn how to make healthy and safe alternatives to baby food from your own kitchen that will help you make the transition.
How much food is enough?
—Understanding key concepts, such as, it is common for your toddler to eat only one “good” meal per day or every other day, will help you learn how much food is enough for your tot to thrive.
Understanding your toddler’s digestive health
— Supporting your child’s digestive health is one of the most important factors when potty training. Learn how to manage digestive issues through incorporating natural foods such as pear juice, garlic, and applesauce, and find out if going gluten─free is best for your child.
Putting it all together
—Find out why foods such as yogurt, oats, leafy green vegetables, and even salmon are essential to incorporate into your child’s diet and how to put together quick easy recipes, kid-friendly table settings, and a feeding schedule that fits into your toddler’s on-the-go lifestyle.
About The Author
Kate Samela, MS, RD, CSP, is a pediatric nutritionist. She has taught the topic of pediatric nutrition to hundreds of medical, nutrition, and nursing students throughout the East Coast at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, and as an adjunct professor at New York University College of Education. She works at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as an outpatient dietician. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children, one of whom is still in the picky eating stage.
Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure