How does this happen? When Rachel was born, I breastfed her. Then I did the ‘baby led weaning’(which means doing nowt- giving them food to hold and seeing what they do with it…), she ate what I ate. She ate curries, soups, pies, stew, every vegetable imaginable. Her appetite was something to behold, and watching a 1 year old inhale more food than her dad, I thought I had cracked it.
I did that smug thing: when friends had kids who didn’t eat, I recited how my approach to diet meant that Rachel was not fussy, had a wide palette…uber mum.
So now I eat humble pie. My daughter has decided that she only eats weetabix, chocolate ice cream, and strawberries. Brocolli on occasion.
I have agonised, I have stressed at her, I have stressed at myself. I have been creative and imaginative.
I have now learned a valuable lesson.
NEVER look smugly at other parents who are having difficulty with something you think you have cracked. It will bite you in the bum and make you look a bit silly. And I will start buying bigger boxes of weetabix.
PS When I am boss of the world, weetabix are banned- or we will start using it instead of cement.