When it is your first time to parent a toddler, you’d begin to realize that nobody has really ever told that it wasn’t going to be easy – especially when feeding.
A lot of times, feeding kids becomes quite a challenge to either new or veteran moms, because whether you like it or not, it always comes with a messy experience. Especially when you have a highly aggravating toddler, you would always want to make sure that every feeding time is controlled and managed well.
If you are a parent and you think you’re in the verge of blowing up because of the constant messy eating and food throwing, then here’s good news for you!
In this blog, we’re going to share with you some “survival tips” on how to manage messy eating during feeding time.
Expect and Prepare
What better way to feel less upset and frustrated than to prepare yourself ahead of time for this type of situation? When it comes to feeding kids, you should expect for the worst.
Studies found that such aggravating behavior is pretty normal for the growth and development of the child. In other words, parents are left with no choice but to get a hang of it eventually. Of course, each child is different, so should each parent be towards disciplining their kids and towards the situation they are facing.
As a matter of fact, messy eating is advantageous in some ways as this would enable the child to experiment on different tastes and textures. If they start squashing on food, let them go over the experience as long as you have the guts, the strength, and the grace to clean up their mess afterwards.
Offer only smaller portions of food
Oftentimes, it gets into our nerves whenever we catch our kids throwing food on the floor. This happens when you put large amounts of food in front of them.
To avoid that from happening, try only giving small amounts at a time, lest you want to retrieve just about anything they throw on the floor – which is seemingly fun and entertaining for them more than you think.
Special Equipment to the rescue
Thank God we now have special equipment that we can use to make our parenting duties a lot easier to handle. Silicone bibs, for example, keep our feeding area clean and neat. Plus, it also saves time and energy during cleanup time. The other special equipment you can use are sippy cups and sectioned plats which are also just readily available in most stores.
Feeding time is actually the best time to teach your kid how to feed himself.
You do this by allowing your toddler to hold one set of utensils so he could try to feed himself while you also feed him with another set.
We understand that due to messy eating and food throwing, it becomes easier for things to go out of hand and for parents to become angry or frustrated in an instant. While this is a pretty normal reaction, parents still have a choice to either make the situations go worst or stay calm to remain in control.
By managing messy feeding time, you should stay calm no matter what. As a parent, teach your child proper manners by being a model to them. Phrases like “No thank you, Mommy” and “All done” serve as good examples to impart on.
Inspired from the book “The Toddler Care Book: A complete Guide from 1 to 5 years old” by Dr. Jeremy Friedman