Babies who lunch together are less fussy

Apparently, babies who lunch together are more likely to try new foods. I put this theory to the test earlier today… can’t say the new foods on offer were particularly challenging – chips, tomato macaroni,  fennel-flavoured Ella’s Kitchen bites, yoghurt raisins – but Alfie did quietly devour everything in front of him while I chatted to my friend.

Holly Bell, finalist in the Great British Bake Off and author of Recipes from a Normal Mum, who is currently weaning her son Lawrence,  has launched a campaign with baby and toddler food brand Organix called ‘Babies Who Lunch’ to encourage parents to get together and share their weaning experiences.

This can only be a good thing… weaning can be a soul-destroying experience when your baby constantly throws their beaker on the floor and refuses to eat a single mouthful of whatever Annabel Karmel recipe you have lovingly prepared.

Alfred is going through a phase of clamping his mouth shut whenever the spoon comes near. He’ll only eat from a spoon that he is holding – which can get very messy. He prefers to eat finger foods, which works well in restaurants (particularly those that serve chips).

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Holly Bell and her son Lawrence

Perhaps it is because I’m distracted and don’t hassle him or because I leave him to eat for longer but in a restaurant Alfie tends to eat everything I put in front of him – including carrot sticks and apple pieces which he will throw in the floor in disgust when we’re at home.

Going out for meals with Alfie makes such a positive change to feeding him at home that I often take him and his brother out for lunch on my own.

I have to pick the right restaurant of course – the emptier and more spacious the better – but both boys seem to eat better outside the home environment.

And what makes it even more appealing is that apart from a bit of face-wiping I don’t have any clearing up to do afterwards.

Social Weaning – Psychologist Dr Angharad Rudkin explains why it’s good for weaning to be a shared and social experience

  • Eating together is one of the most important social skills we teach children – weaning is primarily about introducing a variety of foods but learning to sit and eat with others is also important.
  • Children learn by watching others – it’s a good idea to create lots of opportunities for learning and imitating other people.
  • Peer influence – watching peers will make it more likely that your child will try new food or behave in a different way – you will be surprised by what they will try out when they would not at home.
  • Eating together is great fun – and babies can learn eating and social skills from one another.

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