Baby vs. Mummy! The Battle of Weaning
- Comfort food never fails! A trick I devised quite early in the weaning process was to use my son’s love of his favorite food (in his case: yogurt) to tempt him to try something new. I would conceal new food with layers of yogurt and pretend that it was nothing but yogurt. It worked like a charm for a few months at least.
- Distraction works (singing, dancing, rhymes, birds and trees) but requires hours of patience and loads of energy. As soon as my son began enjoying finger foods, I used them to my advantage. I would place pieces of cucumber, carrot and potato in front of him while I quickly managed to feed him his meals. Of course it resulted in a huge mess but it sure made him feel happy to smash, and feel the food he ate.
- Force feeding is a big NO. There were days when he ate just a few spoonful’s of the food in his plate. It was distressing and I felt like the worst mom but I never forced him to eat.
- Think of fun names for food. I quite accidentally found that my son was eager to try something new if I gave it a cool name and relished the dish in front of him. Soups, macaroni, egg white and veggies (like drumstick and lady's finger) were all passed off in this manner and it was nice to hear him ask for more.
- Finally, my closest friend and mother of four gave me the best advice possible. She advised me never to get my son used to pureed and blender mashed food (a huge fussy eater problem). I transitioned from blender to lightly mashed food and when I found my son could chew well I smashed his food quite lightly so that he could still feel the texture of rice, dal etc.