Every bite counts

The five second rule still exists, right?!

A biscuit here, a bit of fruit there, a big chunk of the day is about food for our little monster.

And in typical fashion, a lot of it ends up on the floor.

But in most cases, not for long.

Either I’m picking it up or she grabs it and munches it all up like she hasn’t eaten in weeks.

And I’ve never really worried about her eating bits of food that she’s dropped on the floor.

I keep the floors as clean as I can and grab any food that happens to be left lying around for long periods (which is rare anyway).

But a recent conversation with a friend shed a different light on the matter.

She too lets her little one pick up any recently dropped morsels but a visitor to her home was left open mouthed at the prospect.

Now I could come across sounding a bit like a very laid back parent here, but I don’t see it as that much of a big deal.

It’s not like the little munchkin was eating an entire meal from the floorboards.

Or eating dirt, pet food or dare I say it, shit?!

As with all things when it comes to parenting, each to their own.

Let’s face it, we spend enough time making sure our darling children eat and that in itself is enough of a battle some days.

We don’t need a war to erupt over spilt crackers.

Okay a slight exaggeration but you get the picture.

It’s not like I’m making my darling daughter do anything I wouldn’t, within reason, of course.

I wouldn’t let a dropped chocolate go to waste, that’s for sure!

But I’m not going to go to the trouble of saving a dropped bowl of soup or a piece of toast that has fluttered butter side down to the floor (why does it always land that way??!!!).

Once again we’re in the territory of kids being kids and it all boils down to letting them be just that..kids.

Let them be little as long as possible, they’re already growing up way too fast.

I honestly think we’ve got bigger things to worry about than a bite of food on the floor.

As for food dropped on the ground outside, that’s a whole other story, unless it’s chocolate….

Choose your battles

**I’m no expert so what I say here is my opinion**

A delicious aroma fills your house.

You feel a sense of accomplishment after creating an assortment of yummy meals for your family.

You sort them into containers and sigh with contentment knowing everyone will be eating healthy, nutritious meals with a few sneaky treats thrown in of course.

But all that achievement goes out the window when you sit down to feed your baby/toddler/child and watch as your hard work is either spat out or thrown on the floor.

It’s a scenario that is on repeat in my house at the moment with my one-year-old and it’s providing many moments of frustration.

Some meal times find us offering up several different options just to make sure she has food in her belly.

If the advice that’s been offered up from other parents is anything to go by, it’s a battle we could be dealing with for a little while longer.

As parents we spend a lot of time trying to work out what is best for our children and what to feed them is no exception.

But is there a right way or wrong way to do it?

From the moment your child is born, if not before, you’re bombarded with information on how to feed them.

It starts with breast feeding or bottle feeding and then you move into the delicate world of solids.

This is where feeding your child could either make or break you.
And it certainly doesn’t help if you feel like your decisions are judged by those around you.

For us, we went through a patch where our little girl would only eat pouch food. And let me tell you there are people who have a lot of opinions on what else you should try when they find out you give your child food from a pouch.

Honestly does it really matter?
It’s not like it’s puréed fast food, although I have heard stories….

But in all seriousness, as long as your child is getting the nourishment they need, is putting on weight and growing, it doesn’t matter which way you go about it.

I’ve always thought along the lines of do what works best for you and your child.
If you don’t agree with what someone else is doing that is your opinion but always remember it’s their choice.

Fast forward to the end of another day and as I clean food off the floor once again, I remind or rather tell myself that like many other aspects of my daughter’s development, it’s just a phase and one I hope doesn’t stick around too long!

But for now we’ll just do what works.

I bet you’re still thinking about the idea of puréed fast food aren’t you??!!