We started our child’s weaning journey at 6.5 months, and since then we have family meals every single day. What happened next is my son started getting more interested in food and he would be so curious to know what, why and how we are eating. So overall, weaning started off went very well.
Challenge #1 “No Chawal-dal when I crawl”
After a few months, my son started crawling. He was and still is a super active kid. It was getting difficult for me to keep him at one place every time during meal times.
He would cry inconsolably if stopped from whatever he is doing to have food.
He started refusing it all. He hated eating for a few days. Here’s what I tried.
I started keeping him on the kitchen platform while cooking. So that he could see whatever I was doing. He developed interest in cutting veggies, playing with dough, banging kitchen utensils. That was the place where I would tell him to toy and feel all the veggies and fruits.
While eating I would point out to the ingredients in his food that he had seen few minutes ago in the kitchen.
I am sure he didn't understand whatever I said of course, but it worked!!! Even on the days I didn't put him on the kitchen platform, he ate well.
Challenge #2 “No time for food, when walking is my mood”
By the time my son started walking, the denial for food phase came back again.
He would not play with toys or books. Nothing would make him eat.
As he had begun to understand things a bit, I used to tell him that he should not do this. I tried every recipe I knew, but he was so attracted to the newly found talent (walking). It was getting difficult.
Here, babywearing came to my rescue. I would take him in a carrier, sit or stand in the balcony. Show him things and feed.
Tada! It worked. It worked even when he was sick and when he was teething.
Challenge #3 “He said no, but I had a plan to go”
My kid lost interest in food Again!!!!
He got sick for in between and just stopped eating anything. Even after recovering, he lacked interest in food.
I was running out of ideas but this time I was so sure that I can deal with this as I had done before. So I came up with a new idea - sticking posters of daily activities everywhere, at proper places.
I stuck a picture of a toddler doing potty on the toilet door. A helping poster in the kitchen and a sleeping toddler on the bedroom door.
It worked!! And it's still working!!
Whenever I want him to do something, I show him the pictures and tell him these are your friends, they do things like this, you can follow them.
So now for me, it's just show a picture and let him do it!!
Even for the potty training I tried the same thing. Initially, he was very cooperative but then he would potty everywhere but.this poster worked and he would potty only in the toilet!!! Now eating and pottying are fun for us!!!
P.S. Don't know till when these will work. Better I come up with another idea soon!!
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