Babies mealtime is more than just times when food is eaten. They should be social occasions as well. Create enjoyable mealtime for your baby and mealtime will help a young child learn healthy eating habits developed a helpful approach toward food. To the following tips and make babies mealtime.
Make mealtime and Emotions
A young child unhappy when hungry and happy when fed. A mother feeding her child is providing happiness and love. So the baby comes to link food with happiness and love. These feelings help. The development of a bond of affection between mother and child.
Gradually, during weaning, babies want to feed themselves and decide what they eat. Children who are allowed to feed themselves and to eat as much or as little as they want will continue to enjoy mealtime and to link them with love and affection. However, if every mealtime is a battle over what is eaten or how it is eaten, then food will become linked with a bad temper, willfulness, and fussiness. This can create a problem that may last throughout even longer.
Happy babies mealtime
When mealtime is happy occasions:
- The children eat food without a fuss.
- The parents and child will enjoy being together at this time.
- They will have the opportunity to talk and listen to each other.
Parents can encourage to enjoy babies mealtime by:
- Serving the food attractively.
- Varying the food.
- Serving small portions, with more to follow if wanted.
- Avoiding foods with very strong flavors.
- Parents setting a good example by eating a proper meal themselves.
- Making mealtimes happy social occasions by all members of the family sitting the table whenever passion.
Fussy about food
Encouraging a child to eat a variety of foods and not be fussy has three advantages:
- He is likely to have a balanced diet.
- He will find it much easier to eat the food provided when away from home.
- Mealtime will be a happier occasion.
No one apart from his parents will have much sympathy for a child who is fussy about food and difficult to feed. He will be regarded as a nuisance and be considered difficult.
Table manners babies mealtime
When babies start to feed themselves they have no understanding of table manners. At this time stagehands are used as well as spoons to get the food to the mouth. Food regarded as something to play with. Babies will undoubtedly make a mess.
During their second year, children learn how to use spoons and cups without spilling the contents. At this stage, they also come to understand that parents do not approve when they how to behave to the table. They will begin to copy the table manners of those around them, chiefly the manners of their parents. These are the manners they will have throughout childhood and often for the rest of their lives.
Some hints about feeding
Babies like to be with the family at mealtime. They enjoy the company and they also learn how to behave with food.
Babies like to feed themselves. It is messy, but much more inserting for the baby.
When everything is washable, there is no need to worry about the mess. The chair harness and tray should be easy to wipe and if necessary, a plastic covering should be placed on the floor.
A catch-all bib saves a great deal of mess.
Babies know when they have had enough to eat, so they never try to persuade or force the baby to eat more.
Babies need to eat at their own pace. This might be very slow and the parents need a great deal of patience.