Are you a helicopter feeder?

Are you inadvertently a helicopter feeder? Watching your baby or toddler closely as they eat? Following every spoonful they put into their mouth?
Are you inadvertently a helicopter feeder? Watching your baby or toddler closely as they eat?

When we feed our children, especially babies when they first start to eat solids, we often sit opposite them and stare at them as they eat.

We hover over them like a helicopter, watching every bite and waiting with bated breath to see them eat. This is especially true if they are a fussy eater.

As parents, we are very invested in what they eat. Our eyes follow every spoonful and we concentrate on their every move.

Being with your child and engaging with them when they eat is great, but try to focus more on sharing more than staring.

How would you feel if someone was sitting opposite you staring whilst you ate?

Modelling and demonstrating how to eat, rather than just cheerleading, will support better long-term results, especially when it comes to fussy or picky eaters.

No, you don’t need to eat pureed pea-mush, but eating some real peas whilst your little one is enjoying their puree is great for showing them the next steps and gives them an interest in how we eat.

Source: This article was kindly written for us by The Confident Eater -  giving you the tools, the strategies and the confidence to get your picky eater eating.

You might also be interested in ...

6 Tips on weaning your baby

6 Tips on weaning your baby

The weaning process may take several weeks to several months depending on the number of feeds you are giving. We take a look at weaning babies 9 months and under, weaning babies 9 months and older, breast care, weaning from a bottle and what to do if your child won’t drink milk from a bottle or sipper cup.
Cows milk allergy

Cows milk allergy

Cows’ milk is one of the most common causes of food allergy in young children, affecting about one in 50 children in New Zealand. So what is cows’ milk allergy? We take a look at the symptoms and management of cows’ milk allergy.

join us

Join us on social media for all our latest news.
facebook twitter pinterestInstagram

sign up

Sign up and receive our latest newsletters.
First/Last Name*

contact us
advertise with us