Being a fully qualified Nanny I have always made my own baby food once it came to start weaning so when Emmy came along this continued. I loved nothing better than cooking up something new, mixing the flavour together and trying them out with Emmy. It was fun to see what she did and didn’t like.
They say it takes 3 times of trying a new food before you can tell if your child likes it or not – I would say maybe longer sometimes. I tried some foods with Emmy 6 or 7 times before she would even taste them and more often than not she loved whatever it was. There isn’t much my daughter wont eat, even now.
Emmy 16 weeks old trying out her new chair, She tried baby rice and pureed carrot as her first foods about 6 weeks later.
Now Emmy is older we all eat together as a family, usually eating the same foods. I always offer Emmy fresh vegetables with her meals and make a point of putting them on Daddies plate too even though I know he will never eat them, however it is good for Emmy to see them on his plate – although usually means she will eat them herself. She loves vegetables and would live on these if she could – peas, carrots, sweetcorn and spinach are her all time favourites.
I like to try to buy fresh fruit and vegetables at our local grocers whenever possible as the quality is better and I prefer to but the meat from the local butchers, our fish comes from the fish stall on the market and is Emmy’s all time favourite meal – fish pie!
I sometimes worry about Emmy’s meat intake as she just isn’t keen on it and have been known to puree down some cooked chicken with her gravy and add to her dinner of mashed potatoes and vegetables just so she is eating some (well sort of), however I know it is because she can’t be bothered to chew it and she will grow out of it, but if she doesn’t it’s not the end of the world as she eats enough fruit, vegetables and fish to keep her going.
On the occasions that Emmy does have a store brought ready meal, for ease I have found that the Supermarket own brands seem to be her favourites. I usually let her chose herself if we are having own of these so at least I know she will eat them and her favourite is Tesco’s cheesy fish pie.
I have tried other brand ready meals and really like the Little Dish options as there is plenty of hidden vegetables (not that is needs hiding from Emmy) and the portion sizes are just right. Emmy isn’t a fan of the Plum baby older range, she was fine with the sachets if and when we needed them (out and about as they didn’t need heating) but the older range had a strange mix of flavours which she refused point blank every time.
Emmy is pretty much allowed anything she like for pudding, as she comes to work with me she sees the older children being allowed different things and I don’t disallow them as long as she has eaten her dinner.
Now I would like to know your feeding habits and concerns when it comes to your children:
How do you shop for kids
What are your
What do you worry
What do you look
What are the most important
things to you when it comes to kids and nutrition?
Which brands get it
What do brands do/say that annoy
Where do treats and puddings fit
in? What are the challenges there?
AND….what do your kids
say/think?! Do they comment on their diet? Do they ask for certain things? Do
they know about nutrition?
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