While all that runs in the mother’s mind is to ensure that her child finishes the bowl of meal that she has brought during the feeding session, a few of us resort to distraction feeding without realising that we are doing more harm than good to them in the long run.
While most of the facebook groups promote that the child shouldn’t be force fed or fed with distractions, knowingly or unknowingly we tend to succumb to either familial pressure or the countless pending things on our to-do list which make us take the help of either mobile or television to play their favourite rhymes or cartoons or songs or sometimes allow them to play their favourite games.
I have come across children as young as 6-8 months to youngsters who sit glued in front of the screens while eating. The kids neither do not enjoy their meals nor do they know the quantity that they are consuming which may lead to being lean or obese which causes harm in the long run.
As parents, it becomes our primary responsibility to ensure that our child picks up healthy and right eating habits. This can be started right from the weaning stage.
✅Needless to say that as part of self feeding, kids are made to eat on their own without distractions however as part of traditional weaning approach, parents must ensure that kids are made to sit on either booster or high chair and fed if they are small. Once they grow they should me made to sit in the dining area or any place with less distractions
✅Parents should try to co-eat with their kids so that the kids will know that even parents are eating the same food as them. Hence less fuss.
✅ Explain the nutrients that they are eating and benefits of the same
✅try to experiment with the dishes around what they prefer.
❌ Do not take the help of electronic gadgets or toys while feeding
❌ Do not bribe the child with sweets or chocolates or savouries on finishing their meal.
❌ Do not put the child on your legs and force feed
❌ Do not carry the child outside and feed by showing the sky or the greenery or the play things in the park.