A few days I go I found this video of baby A tasting her first food on Christmas day. I had completely forgotten that was when we started weaning and I love that we chose such a special family meal to share with her.
Food and mealtimes have always been an important part of family life for me. As a child, we would sit down together for a family roast every Sunday and it’s something I have continued with J and baby A.
Only 25% families sit down together 1-2 times a week, according to new research by Hipp Organic. I was really shocked when I read this. 90% of parents thought eating together as a family was very important though so I guess we are lucky that we have flexible schedules and can eat together many times a week. Mealtimes are such an important time to talk, connect and share quality time together.
J is a fussy toddler and eating together isn’t always easy, or fun but I think it is important to try and establish good habits and that he sees us eating a variety of meals. We also use it as a chance to openly talk about his allergies. We can explain why Daddy is having a sauce with garlic in that he can’t eat, or now why he can have cow’s milk yoghurt and baby A can’t.
I also try to involve them in cooking meals – whether that’s pancakes for breakfast, apple crumble for pudding or preparing vegetables for dinner. I want to make food fun and also help them understand where it comes from. J loves picking carrots out the garden and Baby A was eating blackberries quicker than I could pick them off the bushes yesterday!
Baby A loves her food and I hope eating together will always be an important part of our family life.
How many times do you sit down to eat as a family each week?
*We are part of Hipp Organic’s #Weanteam and have been working with them on food and family projects over the last year.