Mums’ tips for eating as well as baby

Mums' tips for eating as well as baby

Does your baby eat better than you do? Here are some mums' tips to help balance the scales.

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Trust your instincts and you'll eat well

'I can be obsessive about healthy eating and worried that if I didn't have a strict system I would ruin my health. But with baby-led weaning you let your baby feed himself from a range of healthy food, so I was preparing meals for my son and trusting he'd eat what he needed until he was full, which he did.

'Then I realised I trusted a baby better than myself! So I tried the grown-up version – intuitive eating. I let myself eat what I wanted from a range of (usually) wholefoods. I trusted myself not to binge or make "bad" food choices and I'm healthier and happier for it.'
EMMA, 37, MUM TO AODAN, ONE

Learn to cook – it'll save you money too

'It's embarrassing to admit, but I had to buy a cookbook to find out how you made mashed potatoes! But then when my son was a toddler, I got into making stuff like my own fish fingers – I don't eat wheat and discovered a recipe that was cheaper to make than buying ready made gluten-free ones. When I made a sauce or stew, I'd set aside a portion for my son, then add chilli, tabasco or spices to the main dish.'
LYNDSEY, 46, MUM TO DAVID, EIGHT

Discover the joy of one-pot cooking

'We don't cook separate meals for the children. We often make simple, quick dishes such as chickpea, onion and paprika stew, adding the salty chorizo to our portions after serving our baby. Because we're only making one meal, a couple of times we've tried the line, 'If you don't eat this, you won't have anything,' and it works. My toddler will eat anything if she's hungry because she knows that's all there is.'
HAZEL, 37, MUM TO CLEM, TWO, AND GILDA, EIGHT MONTHS

Make a good start to the day

'I never really used to bother with breakfast before having a child. But I eat it every day now, because it's the one time when my son and I can definitely sit down and have a meal together.'
RACHEL, 37, MUM TO SAM, 18 MONTHS

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