Through the consumption of food we learn not only to eat, we also learn to relate, to behave appropriately at the table and we enjoy sharing food with those we love.
One of the many and very important tasks young mothers do with their little ones is teaching them to eat, and believe it or not, it’s a great adventure! If your baby is already in this beautiful stage of life, surely this article will be of great use to you.
1. Patience and joy
Teaching your little one to eat is a task that starts regularly at one year of age and towards the end of breastfeeding; then it takes two years or so to consolidate and is perfected until they are seven years old, although adolescence will make you doubt if they learned something from all your effort. So do not exhaust yourself, you have many years to achieve it.
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2. Previous preparation
Once your pediatrician begins to recommend you to introduce new foods to your child, a very interesting stage begins that requires you to have bibs, aprons, cleaning cloths, disinfectant wipes, a high chair, small plates, some training glasses and two or three small teaspoons (I recommend the ones with a light rubber cover, that will avoid hurting your gums, especially when the teeth begin to sprout).
3. Play and have fun with your child
Be in good spirits and think that what gets dirty can be cleaned up, there is no reason to get angry, yell and much less attack or hit the child in any way. Clothes are washed, floors are cleaned and dishes are replaced, your child’s heart is not.
Make food enjoyable and fun; If you are angry or exhausted, take a few minutes to breathe and think that you are going to have a good time with a very special little person. Sing, invent a game and make this time a nice memory.
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4. Offers textures
Your child will begin to enjoy his food if he touches and handles it. Don’t be angry: he needs to touch and feel what he will put in his mouth. Offer different textures and flavors. Give him pieces that he can chew on and take with his little hand. Take care of the temperatures and serve small portions so as not to waste.
Present vegetables, fruits and the healthy food that you hope your child will learn to enjoy. Delay sugars or processed foods as much as possible. Don’t give her soda!
5. Good manners
Sit at the table from your high chair, use spoons, napkin, limit your mouth, chew with your mouth closed, pray before you start eating, wish the diners a good meal, wait for everyone to have their food to start together and All those beautiful details that make a difference in society, you can and should begin to present at this stage of life. Always use a doily, spoon, glass, and plate. There are plastic placemats where the place where each thing goes is marked, this gives the child order and structure, do not forget it. Mealtime is still a teaching situation.
6. The pleasure of sharing food
Spend time with the family sharing food, make it a pleasant moment full of good feelings. If you are starting a family, remember that there are no cell phones or shouting or arguing at the table. Pray with your family and thank God for your children, your husband and the food; he is grateful for the work and health they have to obtain food, he asks for the poor and needy who do not have it. Believe it or not, when our children hear us pray, they learn about life, love, work, gratitude, and caring for or sharing food.
Don’t let this time go by, it goes really fast! Take photos and treasure these unforgettable moments.