We have all seen those messages of moms hiding in a closet to eat chocolate or some other unhealthy snack so their kids don´t see it and want that too. I always thought it was quite funny and with my chocolate addiction I could totally imagine myself doing it as well. What I would have never imaged is that I even have to hide in a closet when I want to eat a carrot!
The bichin is a good eater, since the moment we started with solids he eats everything
that comes on a spoon or actually just anything he can get his hands on. With a constant song of “nam nam nam” he conquers every meal and is clearly enjoying it. So
far so good right? I mean what a luxury a kid that eats everything, all veggies, all fruits, and seems to truly like it. (The first time he pulled a yucky face was when we gave him water, oh and also with a rice cracker…probably they are not tasty enough and are just considered boring)
Seeing food equals eating
Here comes the problem, when he sees food he wants it. So even if he just had his (big!) lunch and now it´s his parents turn, he will declare war since we´re eating and he is not. He is eating quite big quantities already (I quote the nurse at the 9month check-up: “those food jars for babies are commercial size, at this age he just takes 11-12 spoons but not 200grams. They sell them big so you buy more” Yeah right, he finishes that commercial size easily and would probably keep going if we let him) but he seems to be a bottomless container (is that even a saying in English as well? In Dutch it is, basically he is insatiable).
Preparing a meal with him in the bouncing chair also gets more challenging. He sees the food and wants the food. At first I would sometimes just give him a little piece to try it and have a few minutes of peace (ever saw a baby eating raw tomato? “nam nam nam”) but we have come to a stage where giving him more food is not really an option anymore we want to go with. If my mother in law would see this she would probably keep him a huge round of applause because in Spain there is no better way to earn credit as a kid than by eating a lot and liking every type of food.
Never show the bottle
Then there is the bottle feeding right before going to bed, which can get quite disastrous.
If you don´t want the third world war to start in your home (and believe me, in Spain the flats are not huge so seriously, you don´t) you better make sure that not an inch of that bottle will be visible before the actual drinking time. This leads to quite some interesting stretching exercises where you try to prepare the bottle with your back facing the bichin, singing songs or pulling faces to distract him or keep him happy, and then you leave the bottle in the bottle heater with a towel on top of it so he doesn´t see it before you turn around again.
So yeah, gone are the days of snacking without thinking in our house (which would also have its advantages if I wouldn´t catch-up on that “lost” snacking in the office for example) and here I am, secretly eating carrots and cherry tomatoes in the bathroom so the bichin doesn´t see me and wants some more food for today.
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