從家中的寶寶開始學吃副食品開始，媽媽就更忙綠了，要製作副食品、要餵寶寶吃、要收拾善後……..種種的忙綠讓媽媽有時連吃飯都忘記了。辛苦了半天，又遇到寶寶愛吃不吃的、胃口不佳，媽媽真的會想摔鍋鏟! 別著急，本篇就來介紹一些小Tips，讓媽媽和孩子都可以一起享受用餐的歡樂(不如先來一份麥當勞快樂兒童餐，謝謝(moon laugh))
因為幫助寶寶建立用餐好習慣，學習自主進食(BLW: Baby Led Weaning) 不只能讓媽媽輕鬆很多，對孩子的成長、自理能力的養成也很好。那麼，要怎麼知道寶寶準備好可以自己吃飯了呢?
◆ 第一步: 同桌吃飯，寶寶和爸爸媽媽用餐時間一致從寶寶吃副食品開始，最好就坐在自己的餐椅上乖乖吃飯。最好不要一邊玩大人一邊餵食，養成吃飯時專心用餐的習慣。定時的作息讓寶寶學習生活規律，透過同桌進食寶寶也可觀察爸媽用餐方式、學習使用餐具。
在初初學吃飯的時候，家長可為寶寶準備容易入口，軟硬適中的食物，比如大小適中的香蕉塊、綠花椰菜、藍莓、小塊的南瓜、地瓜、紅蘿蔔、吐司等都是很好的Finger food, 用手抓來吃也不會弄得黏呼呼的，而使用餐具時也容易插入好掌握。在這裡推薦一款好用的食物剪刀， 隨時隨地可將桌上的食物調整成適合寶寶的大小。
◎推薦用具1. Little Foodie 天然聚乳酸兒童學習餐具 小食客六入組
MINIWARE Healthy Meal Set 聰明分隔餐盤組 (100%矽膠材質安全無毒又可冷凍，微波超方便)
◎推薦好用叉匙組2: EDISON Fork & Spoon Set 不鏽鋼叉+匙組
How to develop table etiquette for your toddlers?
As soon as toddlers begin to eat solid food, mothers become increasingly busy; we mothers have to make solid food, feed the toddlers, and clean up afterward… All these tasks force us to skip our meals sometimes. After working hard for half a day, to be met with picky eaters with poor appetite, we mothers can get really stressed! But don’t worry, in today’s blog, we will introduce a few tips to help you and your toddlers enjoy a meal peacefully
together (as simple as if you just give your kid a McDonald happy meal).
Establishing good table etiquette for your kids and promoting BLW (baby led weaning) are important to not only give more free time to the mothers, but also to promote growth and self-care ability. How would we know our toddlers are ready to start eating by themselves?
◆ When they start reaching out to grab the food
◆ When they try to take the feeding utensils from their mothers
◆ When they can sit patently while chewing
◆ As soon as the food in the spoon is almost eaten, they actively try to finish swallowing the rest of the food
These signals will tell us our toddlers are ready to begin training.
◆ Step one: Eating on the same table together at the same time
As soon as the toddlers start eating solid food, it is recommended they sit in their own seat while eating. It is best not to play with adults around while being fed; this way they can learn to focus on eating. Having a regular eating period while eating together with the parents will help toddlers observing their parents’ eating behavior and their use of the utensils.
◆ Having an enjoyable and quiet dining atmosphere
It is important to make toddlers feel that eating is an enjoyable experience. Parents should act in a way to promote happiness and eagerness in finishing delicious food, allowing the toddlers to increase their appetite.
◆ Prepare food that is easy to shape and consume
When toddlers just start to eat solid food, parents should prepare food that is easier to swallow and soft to chew, such as banana slice, steamed broccoli, blueberry, pumpkin, sweet potato, cooked carrot, and toasts. These finger foods are great as they are not making things sticky and they are easy to handle using utensils. Below we recommend a very useful kitchen scissors to shape the food to the right size for your toddlers.
◎ Recommendation: SNIP Ceramic Food Scissors (3 Colors) is a multi-purpose food scissors.
Made with ceramic material, the scissors are sharp, easy to cut and will not rust. Compared to traditional metallic scissors, these scissors will last longer and will not cause oxidation with food, making it resistant to bacteria and safe from another chemical. By preventing the food from cross-contamination, we can protect our toddlers’ digestive system.
◆ Prepare proper dining ware for the toddlers
Most toddlers don’t naturally start using dining ware right away, they observe their parents and eventually learn to mimic their parents’ movement and become adapt in using the dining ware. If possible, it is best to have the right dining ware for them, as their tiny hands may not grab adult’s dining ware right away, which may injure or frustrate them in the process. When first selecting the right dining ware, you should keep in mind that the dining ware needs to be durable as it will get dropped fairly often, and should have suction cups to make sure they
remain on the table surface (as toddlers become excited, they may forget and accidently flip things over if the dining wares are not secured properly).
◎ 1st Dining ware Recommendation: Little Foodie Natural PLA-based Children Learning Dining ware Set (set of six individual items)
This is a very good entry level learning dining ware set for your toddler. Its material is safe from chemicals, environmentally friendly, and durable. With a wide opening for the eating bowl, food will not easily fall to the side. The side wall is also perpendicular to surface, allowing toddlers to easily scoop the food into their spoon. The toddler plates and bowls all include suction cup to stick to the surface. It also comes with drinking cup and a fork/spoon set, designed for teething toddlers. Spoon and fork are perfectly fit for toddlers, allowing them to eat finger food, cereal or porridge with ease.
◎ 2nd Dining ware Recommendation: Miniware Healthy Meal Set (100% PLA material: safe, freezer-friendly and microware-friendly)
When toddlers start eating solid food, not only does food needs to be healthy, they also need to be colorful and placed beautifully to stimulate the toddlers’ appetite. Having a colorful dining ware set will make food look more appetizing, while toddlers can visually distinguish the food, allowing them to concentrate eating the food.
◆ Pair with fork/spoon set and learning chopsticks to make the eating experience even better
Next, let’s take a look at a few utensils such as fork/spoon set and learning chopsticks. Having a great design will help toddlers with consuming the food with ease, one bit at a time!
◎ 1st Utensil Recommendation: Skater Toddler Learning Spoon and Fork Set
When first learning to use fork and spoon, it is recommended to use silicon-based material to prevent damaging the little mouth. For design such as Skater fork/spoon set, its design is cute and colorful. Handle should be anti-slip with the right curvature to allow toddlers to hold tirelessly. These delicate designs also limit the amount of food to prevent choking hazard.
◎ 2nd Utensil Recommendation: EDISON Fork and Spoon Set
After toddlers become used to eating food themselves, we can consider a stainless-steel fork and spoon set. This Mickey Mouse design utensils have attractive shape and practical use. Its spoon is rounded to a trapezoid shape to ensure it will not scratch the tongue, perfect for yogurt and pudding also as it will cleanly move through the surface, allowing toddlers to eat cleanly without any waste. On the fork side, it is designed to make it hard for noodle to slip off, allowing toddlers to enjoy without fail.
◎ 3rd Utensil Recommendation: EDISON Training Chopsticks with Carry Case
Starting around two-year-old, toddlers should start learning how to use chopsticks. This Edison training chopsticks has their favorite Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to accompany them. The chopsticks have finger rings to help toddlers with the correct handling posture, allowing them to open and close with ease. The anti-slip design at the tip also allows toddlers to hold the food. The additional carry case will let you take Mickey Mouse with you and toddlers while eating outside!
◎ 4th Utensil Recommendation: Skater Shimajiro Cartoon dining bowl and training chopsticks set
Finally, Shimajiro fans, come take a look at this utensil set. It is light and durable, with eco-friendly material and colorful Shimajiro design for the bowl and chopsticks. Not only will it be fun, the design is practical to allow food to be grabbed by the chopsticks while using the bowl. The children’s chopsticks are recommended for three- to ten-year-old, as its tip design will allow ease for picking food, while the handle is easy to grab. There are no doubt children will enjoy eating their food while holding these chopsticks.
From the toddlers’ point of view, having the ability to eat on their own is their first step into exploring the world; from the time they hold their spoon to their mouth, to practice grabbing, chewing and swallowing the food, these experiences will trigger their brains into growing healthy, allowing to develop self-reliance skill necessary in the community.
Parents, don’t forget to encourage your toddlers to make them appreciate the food they are eating: The more they like to eat, the more they will eat, and the stronger they will get. Kids, prepare your training dining ware and utensils, let’s eat with excitement.