Bear is the most fussiest child I have ever know.
I admit this is probably because when he was younger I only gave him foods I knew he would like and still did it when Bell came along.
When Bell got to weaning stage at (5 months, The NHS advise from 6 months). I knew 100% she was ready she was eyeing up my homemade Yorkshire pudding, so I gave her a bit and she loved it!
I always encouraged from a young age that they sit at the table with us, whether or not they were just having a bottle or having a cuddle whilst we ate. I think it’s a great way to encourage good eating habits and a good way of socializing. I remember many Saturday and Sunday’s sitting round the table with the whole family. We still do this now on a Saturday, which is great. Unfortunately due to swimming and other family commitments its getting harder and harder to do.
I love getting them to try new foods especially now they are bigger. Bear is getting better since he started school last year he is slowly but surly becoming less fussy.
Bell on the other hand was eating Calamari at 8 months old. And she has certainly gained so much confidence in trying new foods. We know she is ill when she point blanks refuses to eat, unlike Bear!
We try to eat a mixture of different foods from around the world, we love choosing the healthier choices. I made a Prawn curry from India (made it far too spicy!) from scratch, I have made Chinese sauces from scratch to. I try and make chips from scratch too but they usually end up half cooked or cooked but soggy as I don’t like deep fat frying. I think its important to add different foods into the mix too.
I try and cook from scratch as much as possible, it can be hard with working and busy family life. The processed food we eat is limited to once maybe twice a week as they contain too much salt and added artificial ingredients, which we don’t need. When I cook from scratch I never add salt even if its in the recipe, as many of the ingredients can contain salt already. Please don’t get me wrong I do use processed food when we are in a rush as they are quick and convenient but I do also cook home-made.
My favorite food is Risotto unfortunately hubby is a fussy eater and will eat it as he turns his nose up which doesn’t help when Bear is so fussy too!
Bears favorite food is Chips and ketchup (full of sugar and salt so this is very limited!!)
Bells favorite food is pasta with cheese
Hubby’s favorite food is Sausage and mash
My aunt always says to try everything at least 20 times, and you know what I actually agree!
As a special treat once in a while Bear and Bell’s favorite restaurant is currently Wagamamas. I really do not mind this special treat as everything is cooked from scratch, the juices are freshly made and the ice lollies are also home-made. The service is quick and it save’s little people getting too bored!