If your little one is a bit of a foodie these things might just sound familiar.
I always find this topic a little awkward to discuss because I feel as though talking about my son being a “good eater” is a bit braggy or something. I’m so aware of how many people struggle with the total opposite.
Dealing with a fussy eater is so incredibly stressful for all involved and it is something that so many families deal with daily. As a bit of a public servant announcement, I’ll start this post by stating the fact that my son is not and has never been a sleeper.
Now, if you could choose between a sleeper or a good eater what would you pick? I think people rarely get both. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.
Our little boy is almost five now and he’s always been great with food. We didn’t do anything in particular when it came to weaning.
He just took to it and always loved it. Myself and his dad are big foodies but who knows if that makes any difference at all. We spoon fed and added in finger foods when we felt comfortable and the rest is history.
For the most part, he eats what we eat with the exception of anything remotely spicy. He won’t even tolerate food that has pepper on it. Zero tolerance for spice. And yet he loves food with strong flavours – go figure.
People often comment on the food that our little man eats and he’s often referred to as a “little foodie”. If your little one is a bit of a foodie these things might just sound familiar.
You know your child is a big foodie when...
1. At kids' parties, they gravitate towards the adult table rather than the kids' table of food. This happened to us recently – after scoffing the margarita pizzas for the kids he started asking for the olives and marinated sausages that were supposed to be for the adults.
2. They never EVER say no to food. This is actually something that stresses me out because naturally you only want your child to eat when they’re hungry.
3. They notice things are “missing” such as if you didn’t serve garlic bread with the carbonara or pickles with their burger. Like, what age are you? Eat what you’re given, child!
4. They are WAY too comfortable ordering in restaurants and speak to the waiter directly when they come to take your order.
5. When a recipe video pops up on Instagram or a food network ad comes on the TV they respond the way you do by saying “I want that” or “oh my God, Mammy, look at this, we should make it”.
6. They actually count how many prawns you served them to make sure they didn’t get the short straw.
7. On holidays it works out cheaper to go all inclusive because you can never fob them off with “bits off your plate”.
8. They react to cooking smells with excitement and eagerly ask what is for dinner.
9. They ask “what type?” when you mention something general like bread or crackers.
10. They’ve barely opened their eyes in the morning and they are asking what is for breakfast.
Tracey is mammy to five-year-old Billy and newborn Willow. She is a breastfeeder, gentle parent and has recently lost five stone so healthy family eating is her passion! You can follow her on Instagram.