The boy is an incredibly fussy eater. He is good with breakfast – happy with cereal or toast – and fine at lunch time, choosing sandwiches, fruit, cheese and fromage frais. Dinner time, however, can be a real trial for us all.
The boy does not like pasta, or rice, or noodles; he will not eat potato, in any form other than chips, which I do not buy. He has only recently tried a home-made oven chip, which was a real breakthrough moment.
The boy will generally not eat meat or fish unless it is a nugget, a finger or a sausage. Even the sausage is a recent addition!
The boy will not eat vegetables; not when they are boiled or steamed or even roasted. He does not like them raw either.
The boy does not like sauce of any kind; he will not touch bolognese, baked beans, macaroni cheese or gravy. He does not even like Ketchup for dipping!
New food is met with trepidation and a blanket refusal to even have it on his plate, next to a food he is comfortable with.
However, the boy was weaned in exactly the same way as his sister, who eats everything. The sister whose favourite foods include sushi and noodles. I used the same weaning recipes and weaning guide. In fact, the boy was actually more receptive to new foods than his sister, at six months old. He gobbled up broccoli and peas and apple and parsnip; he couldn’t get enough of the funny-coloured avocado that made the rest of us feel queasy. He ate every purée going!
But then he wanted to feed himself, around the age of nine months, and it went downhill from there. He refused to accept the spoon if it was in my hand, choosing instead to try himself, which invariably led to a lot of food on the floor and in his hair and very little in his tummy.
He resorted to finger foods, and we are only just beginning to progress from this now; very slowly and with the help of a reward chart and the distant promise of a new engine.
Weaning a baby can be a long path of trial and error but is also an exciting and rewarding part of early parenthood. It is one of the first times that you look at your child and think “They really won’t be this small forever; they are growing up already”.
I think it is important to grab support from wherever possible during this time. With both of my children I attended a weaning talk at our local clinic and spent a long time online collating recipes and deliberating over which gadgets were really must-have and which I could legitimately give a very wide berth. When it came to buying products, I chose Tesco as it was the nearest supermarket at the time and had the best range and, often, the best offers and value for money too.
If we have another baby at some point, I will wean them in the same way as Miss J and the boy. However difficult the trials have been, I have had a 50% success rate, so that’s worth giving it another go, surely?! Maybe the next one will be more like its sister and prefer eating to sleeping…
This post is written in conjunction with Tesco Baby and the Tesco Baby Event. All words and opinions are my own.