Tips For Dealing With Fussy Babies At The Dinner Table
You have gone out of your way to purchase a baby bib to catch the dinner time mess as well as the specialised baby cutlery to suit their little chubby fingers. You have taken the time to prepare healthy and nutritious baby food. You sit them down in their high chair, and they refuse to eat. The signs are there. Your baby seems ready to eat. And yet they won’t take even a spoonful, despite the fact they gobbled up yesterday’s meal without seemingly taking a breath. What is their issue? And how can you overcome it?
Their fussiness is one habit you don’t want to follow them into their childhood years, so nip it in the bud while you can with these helpful tips.
Keep reintroducing the food
Your baby might not like a particular food on the first, second or even the third try. But once they get used to the texture and the taste, then they might be more willing to give it a go. Think about how you are when you try a foreign food. You may not be so keen to rush into tasting it if it seems alien to your diet. Little ones are the same. Let them explore it and maybe on your next attempt, they will devour it up as quickly as you can say, “please”.
Honour their taste buds
Sometimes their little taste buds are extremely sensitive. Perhaps they don’t like tomatoes, or maybe they dislike mushrooms. Do they turn their nose up at the avocado offered on the spoon? They might even avoid eating meat on a regular basis. As long as they are getting a variation on the type of food offered, this is no real cause for concern. Offer it a handful of times, wait a period and then offer it again. If they continue to dislike the food, then substitute it for something else.
Wait it out
Babies are growing every day, and it could be just a simple thing that is putting them off their food. They could be experiencing a growth spurt or have a new tooth coming through. They may just be having an off day (adults get them too) and just feel like not eating much (or anything). Give them their space and see if they are feeling more like their old self tomorrow.
Let them feed themselves
Babies can be fiercely independent and may be keener to eat the food if they can actually feed themselves. Let them experiment with the spoon and the food (this is where that bib comes in handy!). An array of colourful food in their dish is likely to get their attention, so give them a spoon and let them go wild, under close supervision, of course!
Babies can be known to be assertive little creatures, so a lot of patience and perseverance may be required at the dinner table. Continue to offer the foods and aim to give them a varied diet as much as possible. Remember, no one said parenthood was easy! So smile through it! These are the stories you can tell them when they are older – even their fussy moments can make great memories!