The transition from baby to toddler is the start of a whole new life as a parent. Suddenly, it’s all about the 4 Ps – playgroups, pull-ups, potties and, er, pickiness at meal times.
I’m an Organix No Junk Mum, which is why they’ve recently sent me a sneak peak of their new Goodies products, which aren’t yet in the stores. The kids and I have had a lovely time, tasting and testing.
With my little boy still a bit of a veg swerver, I’m always on the look-out for ways to make vegetables just that bit more interesting.
Hey, I’m an Organix No Junk Mum!
As regular readers will know, I’m on a mission to promote fresh, healthy food for children and families, and encourage kids to tuck into more fruit and vegetables – starting with my own super-fussy eater boy. (An update on his progress is coming in a future blog post.)
While it would be lovely to be the kind of mum who knocks up pastry, bubbling stews and veggie-packed risottos after the school run, it’s just not going to happen. So – as I think I’ve said before – there will always be room in my freezer for a box of fish fingers.
Regular readers will know that a few months ago, my toddler didn’t eat enough. In fact he was such a fussy eater that he would only eat a handful of different foods and regularly refused entire meals.
At some meals, the eldest two can be great. But I also hear ‘Yuck!’ and ‘I don’t like that’ regularly, especially when something a little different is served.
After weaning three babies, I can say that I’ve had my fair share of being batted with spoons and smattered with purée.
We all want our children to eat a healthy range of foods so that they have nutritionally-balanced diets. The long-term plan: to help them learn to love good food for life. But right now, today, when you’re always so busy and every day is a tired day, it can sometimes feel like you’re knocking your head against your wall.
I love vegetables, but number 3 child hates them and has done so since he graduated from baby purées.
If your baby is coming up to weaning age, you might be wondering where to start. Which flavours will your child feel drawn towards, and which will they spit out? Should you wear a smile or a raincoat? Is it best to start with fruit or vegetables, invest in a gallon of baby rice, choose baby-led weaning, or just throw your hands up in the air and admit you don’t have a clue?
Just recently, I’ve been making my own pesto.