Why I’ve embraced my FUSSY EATER

Fussy eaterAs Melissa approached 6 months old I started to get very excited about weaning. Would I choose finger food or make delicious inventive puree combinations and freeze them into convenient little ice cube trays? I poured over Baby Led Weaning ideas as well as books by Annabel Karmel and bought cute little bibs and feeding overalls. I fantasised about relaxing family meals together, laughing and enjoying quality time as we nourished ourselves with home cooked meals. I AM SAD, I KNOW, but there’s something so nice about seeing your child eat well, especially if you’re a keen cook like me.

In the end Melissa wanted none of it. She was vaguely interested in sucking on something before discarding it to the ground, and happily squidged food through her fingers until it drove me insane. But would she actually swallow something wholesome and delicious that I’d slaved over? No. Absolutely NOT. By the age of 1 Melissa had barely swallowed any food at all, and existed purely off about 3 things – oats, yoghurt and hummus.

I was at my wits end. I had a child that wouldn’t eat and was the proud owner of an overweight cat. What kind of Nutritional Therapist was I? I felt like a fraud.

In desperation I scoured the internet for some answers and came across some very interesting research. If you’re struggling to get your baby or toddler to eat you may want to read this…

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