Babies Who Lunch - Sharing Weaning Experiences
Weaning together with other parents is the perfect opportunity to share ideas, experiences and try lots of new foods.
75% of mums believe that eating together with their baby makes a difference to their little one’s interest in food. Psychologist Dr Angharad Rudkin agrees it’s good for weaning to be a shared and social experience.
Dr Rudkin says, “Food is a strong social glue, and eating together as a family or in the company of friends is strongly associated with healthier eating and an adventurous attitude towards food. Food can be fun and eating together and sharing creates a positive experience from a young age.”
Baby and toddler food brand Organix is encouraging parents to get together and share their weaning experiences with the launch of its ‘Babies Who Lunch’ campaign, supported by Holly Bell, finalist in the Great British Bake Off, author of Recipes from a Normal Mum, and currently weaning her third son Lawrence.
Holly, Lawrence, and a group of her friends who are weaning their little ones, got together for lunch to chat about their experiences. You can see how they got on weaning together in this ‘Babies Who Lunch’ short film from Organix:
Holly says, “We found support and encouragement through meeting and eating with other mums and their little ones. Spending a day together over lunch, we shared advice and tips with each other, and our babies were trying new foods together in a way they just would not do at home”.
Top Sharing Weaning Experiences1. Better together - it’s great for babies to be sociable and eat together, and for parents to share experiences and ideas with each other. Eating with your little one allows baby to copy how you eat and seeing other babies eating makes them curious and interested in what they are enjoying.
2. Trust your instincts - every baby is different and your experience will be your own, you’ll know what’s right for your baby.
3. Try lots of different tastes and textures – prepare and share food in different ways. It can take between 10 and 15 times before a baby accepts a new taste or flavour, so don’t be afraid to try, try and try again!
4. Play games and get messy - encourage little ones to lick, mash, squash and squeeze the food so they get used to different shapes, textures and tastes – playing with food is fun!
5. Let baby have some control – try giving them a spoon, or some soft finger foods that they can pick up or start to dip into their puree.
Talking, chatting, laughing and trying new foods in a social environment turns weaning into a really positive experience for parents and makes it an exciting and fun time for little ones too. Being a parent can be hard work at times, just as children learn from other children parents can learn from each other too. Talking
At home with her family, Holly says, “I love it when we eat as a family, it’s a real shared experience and we make sure Lawrence is part of mealtimes by pulling his high chair up to the table, so we can enjoy food together, talk, laugh and have fun with him.”
Weaning is an exciting time for everyone so for lots more weaning advice, weaning recipes, and to download your free copy of the Organix Little Book of Weaning please visit www.organix.com/littlebookofweaning
Mums surveyed early 2015 by Organix