The struggle is real. Having a fussy eater is really difficult. Here are five points that crossed my mind in the war called “solids”! And in case you were wondering, the baby is winning this battle, but I will win the war *cue evil laughter – followed by frustrated tears on realizing the facts*
1. You thought breastfeeding or formula was tough? Ha!
Have you seen those babies who love to eat, and are ready to eat pretty much everything? The ones who are smiling in the cerelac ads? Yeah! Those. Not all babies are like that. I mean we should know this by now – it has been six months and we ve all been talking to so many moms, and understand that all babies are different, but it still doesn’t prepare you to face the challenges of a picky eater! All those hours sitting with the breast pump (as in my case), or all the nights pent getting up a few times to sterilize and make formula – easy peasy in hindsight.
2. It is a minefield! One wrong move and kaboom!
Babies have preferences. Again, we know this, right? But it is a whole different ball game when your wee one is a picky eater. Babies sometimes like specific textures and tastes and are not willing to explore too much! You are trying out everything under the sun (including chocolate – yeah! I know you are rolling your eyes at me!) and nothing succeeds! You try soft, and crispy and finger foods and purees and realize it really is a maze that you will most probably end up getting lost in. The texture and taste should work, and so should the timing of the meal, and the utensils used, and the background score and the ambience of the room too. Every piece of this highly complicated jigsaw must fit for the achievement of eating a bite to be unlocked.
3. Your cooking? Not so great after all.
There you are, with your Masterchef hat, slicing and dicing exotic fruits and vegetables; scouring through recipes from friends and family and the Internet. You create this incredible classic, which btw is super delicious (at least your husband thinks so – probably because he doesn’t have a choice). So proud and thrilled – until the said dish gets presented to the baby and gets a thumbs down – in baby language – a stern shake of the head and absolute refusal to open the mouth. But hey, atleast I have found some yummy recipes!
4. “So, what if?”?
No salt or sugar for babies under one. No shortcuts. Feed family food etc etc etc. The rules, which are obviously made to ensure that bubba is healthy and thrives – no, it’s not made to drive you absolutely one hundred percent nuts especially when people around you are giving you enough advice to drown in. But even when you know you shouldn’t ideally break the rules, you still say “So what if?” What if he likes something sweet? So what if the food is off the floor? So what if its not the healthiest option?” Atleast it is something. right? Right? Riiight
5. Waste Not. Want Not.
Yeah. that. Not happening. One thing is certain as the fact that my boy is a picky eater. Food will be wasted. Either into the bin or into mommy’s tummy. Elaborate meals even. But what to do. You have to try try try try till you succeed.
Oh. The nuclear explosion.
Yeah, this! And I am certain it is the case for all babies who eat solids – not just the picky ones! How is it even possible that such a tiny person have so much poop? And what is he eating that is making the whole house smell? It has a fairly easy solution though. Tie it up in a plastic bag, and then into the garbage bag. Take the garbage bag three km away and dump in the bigger trash pile. And yes, by it, I mean the poopy diaper, not the baby!
There is a silver lining! There is hope! Just this morning, a mommy told me that her child had started eating everything – at age 6! S I guess, the only way to do this to keep trying. And trying. Trying. And trying. And…Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!