Most parents have a period of time where they struggle to get a child to eat. This can be especially true of toddlers.
With my first child I used to get myself in utter knots about this. She went through a few ‘fussy’ eating stages and I used to get really anxious about it, which of course probably made it worse.
I used to try and tempt her with all sorts of things, anything sometimes so she would eat something.
We went through the chuck it on the floor phase – which seemed to last forever, and then we moved on to the total food refusal phase.
It is trying and testing and can become distressing, especially when everyone else seems to have an opinion about it.
I am pleased to report that she is a wonderful eater now. A girl who will eat almost anything, who is adventurous with food and happy to give anything a go.
Although it can seem like it at the time, these phases don’t last forever.
We have spent the last few months in the eat some and chuck the rest on the floor phase with our toddler. Now we have moved onto the food strike phase. I’ve been much more relaxed this time and not worried as much as I did the first time but it is still a frustrating time.
Last week we had an acceptance of fromage frais and this week strawberries and tortilla wraps are acceptable. Yesterday 15 strawberries were consumed with little effort on my part. Today that required more effort.
Meet “Super Strawberry”. He flies around the kitchen and does a few loops and spins before landing on the highchair tray table and being devoured.
It involves me running around like a loon but whatever gets the strawberry eaten right? As long as I hear “I need more Mummy” from the highchair then “Super Strawberry” will live on.
What crazy things have you done to get your child to eat?