EATING HABITS – we sometimes forget that eating is a social habit as well as a nutritional requirement for our bodies! While we focus on how much our children are eating and whether it is the right foods and get in a state about their fussy behaviour, we are inviting ourselves into a battleground of wills.
Once your baby has entered the stage of solid food, while taking note of how much milk and solid food they are eating, we also need to be including them in mealtimes up with the rest of the family – even if that is only parent and child.
Once they see parents and or siblings, sitting up at the table to eat and share time together, they want to be part of the social gathering. By bringing your baby to the table in a high chair or on your lap, they begin to see how eating happens, food to mouth, a spoon carries food. They are exposed to conversation while eating; absorbing the vocabulary, the sounds of appreciation of different foods by others and talking about friends and their day at school and work.
While young, it is maybe easier to feed “little one” ahead of the family meal, but include them at the table with some finger food which allows them to be feel part of the experience. It then will not be long until he is fully immersed in the experience of family meals where family bonding takes shape.
Providing a wholesome meal of a protein source, vegetables and low carbohydrate vegetables – or more simply a colourful plate of fresh food, you will embed healthy eating habits from an early age!