There reaches that time for every mother to introduce food to her baby. It is medically recommended that babies should be introduced to solid food the moment they make six months, but the problem that they usually have to face is the babies’ failure to easily get used to eating food alongside breastfeeding which they enjoy doing the most.
It is heartbreaking for any mother to see their baby crying whenever they try to feed it yet they have to do it or risk the baby becoming underweight as breast milk alone can’t be enough. Those who cannot afford to convince the baby to eat suffer the consequences of not feeding the baby solid food alongside breastfeeding. Some mothers do the worst by weaning their babies with the hope that the baby will have appetite for food; which is so dangerous as breastmilk is so important for the baby’s nutrition and growth, so nothing should ever make you to wean your baby early even if you are pregnant.
It is so hurting to find a baby almost making a year or a year and above but is only 6kg. Such a baby is so underweight but the excuse the mother gives is that her baby doesn’t like to eat anything else apart from breastfeeding. Underweight babies are not happy babies and are not pleasant to look at as they look malnourished and sick to many; if you move with your underweight baby and no one comes to play with it or request to carry, then as a mother there is something you need to do about your baby’s weight. It is so embarrassing to find two healthy looking parents with a very tiny underweight baby. You may claim that you don’t care about what the world says about your child, but the reality is there is no way you will pretend that the other people’s opinions about how unhealthy your baby is doesn’t concern you; therefore as a parent you need to pull up your socks and feed your baby well.
Some mothers do the worst by forcefeeding their babies with solid foods which is detrimental to the baby’s health and life. Mothers hold the baby so tight on their chests and press the cup on the babies mouth while pouring food in the baby’s mouth who is crying so loud like one in the slaughter house. Force feeding is so dangerous that it can make the baby suffocate, choke to death or become obese.
Many babies have died as a result of forcefeeding when they are accidentally suffocated or choked to death. This can be a very hard blow to the parents, make one guilty for life and never to forgive him/herself for forcefeeding the baby and the baby ending up dead. Additionally obesity in babies which comes with its own side effects is so common as babies who are force fed are given food more than their bodies need. Babies don’t need a lot of food in their small stomachs; all they need is frequent small meals of solid food not big meals like adults. You can feed solid foods to your baby after every two hours; their hard bellies can tell you when they are satisfied and still hungry. Don’t overfeed the baby to make the belly to become too hard as anything “too” is negative.
Remember that all healthy babies can enjoy solid food if the person feeding them is patient enough to feed them. Babies love entertaining people to feed them and one who is very patient with them. Don’t expect to feed a baby in 20 minutes or expect them to open there mouths and take in anything you give them when you are not entertaining them. Baby’s don’t know the advantage of food, they don’t know that one has to eat to become satisfied though they will cry so hard when they are hungry and to your surprise they will cry when you are feeding them in addition to turning away their head from the food you are trying to give them. So a parent who gives an excuse of not feeding the baby solid food by claiming the baby hates solid food or has low appetite for solid food and only has appetite for breastmilk is a lazy one. You cannot dance to your baby’s drum beats especially if the beats are not good to dance to and puts its health at risk. Your baby’s health and wellbeing should be put at the forefront.
Therefore, to easily feed any baby well, do the following:
(i) Be ready to be patient with the baby for over an hour. So spare enough time to feed your baby to avoid becoming impatient and wanting to feed the baby hurriedly.
(ii) Prepare enough toys or tools to use when entertaining the baby during mealtime.
(iii) Sing for the babies different songs and make different noises for them so that they find eating interesting. You can make noises of different animals or any other funny noises that grabs their attention to you and the food.
(iv) Dance and jump around for them while singing or talking or making different noises for them so that while they are eating they gaze at you or ask any other person in the house to stand infront of the baby to dance, jump around while singing, talking or making different entertaining noises.
(v) Talk to the baby while feeding them by praising the food and praising the baby; baby’s are very good at reading emotions and expressions on the face. Call the baby all the sweetest names and make promises to them which you will fulfill if they finish eating the food.
(vi) Point at different things around the house which is also helpful as mealtime will turn into play time and learning time.
(vii) Understand your baby and know their best eating position. Some babies enjoy eating while running around the house, walking around the table, crawling, dancing and jumping around. Some love eating from outside the house and not inside so that they can look at different things.
If you are ready to do the above or some or all of the above for you and your baby to enjoy mealtime then you are ready to enjoy your baby’s mealtime. There are times when you will feel tired to do the above, but don’t be tempted to lose the patience; if one fails try the next and keep trying one way to the other until you feed your baby as motherhood is a lifetime commitment and lifetime job without pay. The only pay is the happiness plus wellbeing of your baby and once you have the baby you have to be ready to go to the greatest school of creativity together with patience where your baby is the tutor who must be obeyed at all times for its and your peace of mind.
Enjoy motherhood and make mealtime bonding time plus fun time with your baby.