Fantastic Way to Help Children Make Healthier Food Choices

If you’re like me, you’re constantly scouring the food blogosphere for new recipes to experiment with or to add to your weekly meal rotation.  Nick Coffer, a stay-at-home dad of two adorable little ones, dishes up plenty of inspiration on his blog mydaddycooks.com.  His recipe box may be a little liberal with the sweet ideas, but I love how Nick describes his cooking experiences with his son, Archie“The time I spend together with Archie in the kitchen is true quality time. We talk, we laugh, we make a mess, we create, we argue, we break things, we sulk. But more than anything we just have fun.”  After all, that’s really what cooking for and your family should be about, right? Having fun and nourishing those you love in the mean time.

Children are also more likely to make healthy food choices later in life when they are introduced to the kitchen early on. Interestingly enough, Nick describes how they used Baby Led Weaning  to transition Archie to solid foods.  It seems to have created a culture around food that has brought a lot of joy to the Coffer house, and a second career for Nick.  If you want to know more about how to get your child involved in the kitchen, and learn some tasty recipes in the mean time, head over to mydaddycooks.com.

6 Month Old with a Chicken Leg?

Are you frustrated by trying to feed a picky eater?  Baby Led Weaning (BLW), as demonstrated in this video from BLW expert Gill Rapley, can be the answer to all of your aggravation.  It allows the child to guide the weaning process, encouraging her to discover new foods, exploring taste and texture, on her own at her own pace.  In her book Baby Led Weaning, Gill explains that when we wean children on to solid foods, we frequently do it at the behest of a pediatrician with colorful purees that bare little resemblance to the whole foods from which they came. It doesn’t allow them build trust with what they are eating nor regulate their own appetite. Spoon feeding is something that is done to a child at an appointed time, rather than allowing the child to feed himself at family mealtime. On the other hand, baby-led weaning  really is such an intuitive model of weaning – as much a socialization process as a growth and development one – and those parents who have taken Gill’s advice report family-friendly, nutritious, sometimes messy, but always enjoyable mealtimes.  To find out more information about the natural way to wean your baby, visit www.baby-led.com