Moms have it tough! Right from the day you conceive the hard-work begins, and it stays with a MOTHER till eternity. People often say the first two years are toughest – in my view, its post two years when the real struggle begins. Once kid reaches the stage of being introduced to solids, and has strong preferences when it comes to taste and flavors, this is where moms’ patience is tested most.
Introducing kids to solid food is an exciting milestone. Some mothers are lucky, their kids develop the liking to solid food without any hassle and there are mothers like me, for whom feeding their kids becomes as important as winning a war.
My kid is a fussy eater. His first reaction to any kind of food comes with a “NO.” According to a recent study 20-50% of kids are fussy or picky eaters. Kids can act picky for many reasons or no reason at all. My kid falls in the second category. I have to grind everything into a fine paste and feed him. He will throw out even the smallest lump that comes into his mouth. I try and balance his diet as much as I can with purees and pastes, but live with the guilt that he may not be getting proper nutrition.
Recently I got a chance to attend the launch of Pediasure’s cookies & cream flavor. The event was around summer, growth and how this is the perfect is their #TimeToGrow. What I loved about the event was the little shots of milk that we got. Apart from being creamy and yummy, we were told that the Pediasure powder comes packed with 37 nutrients! A complete, balanced nutrition for children aged 2 years and above to help support growth, especially for fussy eating kids – sounds like a dream come true for a mommy.
The event was all about developing healthy eating habits in toddlers and kids. The panel which consisted of expert Pediatricians and Bollywood/Tennis’ power couple Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi, suggested providing proper time to kids to understand and develop liking for particular food items for fussy eaters.
After the serious talk, we were also told some of the recipes in which the cookies & cream flavor can be used – for example, plain milk or ice-cream. Making it a part of daily diet in kids can help in weight and height gain, and developing brain.
Overall the session was really helpful in understanding the importance of balanced nutrition. So mummies if your kid is simply not ready to open his mouth do not panic. Instead:
- Relax and let your kid relax as well
- Involve your kid in the kitchen, ask him to be your helping hand, this will help them to develop curiosity in cooking
- Keep emotions at bay, don’t let your kid see that you are frustrated or angry
- Gently keep trying
- Never force feed, trust that your child will eat what his body demands
- Try different shapes, colors, textures. I know this is time consuming but if your child eats at least one bite from this, consider your efforts rewarded
- Pediasure is like a miracle solution in a glass – tasty and full of nutrients
Let me know in the comments if you have any tried and tested methods to get your child to eat.