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8 month old only eats rice crackers – yep, that’s me and my mealtime fun at the moment! The only thing keeping me going is knowing that he really won’t be 20 and STILL only eating rice crackers (will he!?) 

Hi all you lovely mummas, I’m Caroline, the owner of Avidiva… this gorgeous online organic baby boutique.

I spend my days researching and sourcing new products in between looking after my playful but demanding one year old. Being a premmie baby and spending 3 months in NICU, we’ve had a tough start and he’s certainly been a challenge. We’re learning more and more about each other every day, and I’m enjoying finding new ways to get that winning smile from him (hopefully in lieu of those frowns and grizzly, whinging moments!)

As you can tell from my business, I have an interest in all things natural, and this extends to little tummies too! I have a passion for food… cooking, baking, making, creating… but only when I have the time (there’s only so much you can squeeze into a 40 minute nap!)  I’m much like you in that I want my little one to learn about foods, enjoy them, and have the best to nourish his little body. If only it were as easy as that! Spending time preparing foods, encouraging them to eat it, only for it to be knocked out of your hand, off the spoon, swiped onto the floor… and you feel demoralised.

Ho hum… back to the rice crackers then… a crinkle of the packet and that smile emerges! Oh, if only he’d enjoy everything else as much as that bland boring cardboard rice cracker! Then I ask myself, is it such a bad thing? Here’s a few little (more positive) takes I’d like to share…

Fine motor skills

For starters, yay… your little one is using his own hands to feed himself and learning about a great crunchy texture. Using his tongue to move food around, pushing it side to side to develop his chewing skills… all good stuff!

Sneaky spoonfuls

While he’s got his hands full there’s a perfect opportunity to sneak a few more nourishing spoonfuls in. Maybe even pinch up a few leftover bits off his tray and pop them in, then you’ll feel you had a small win at least!

Pincer grip

Try breaking the rice crackers into different size pieces. Develop his pincer grip by giving him little ones, see if he can master a bigger piece maybe even with two hands, or can he hold a long piece in his hand while nibbling the end? Experiment and have fun. He may well be able to show off some new skills to you, and maybe some that neither of you knew he had!

Toppings, maybe?!

If he is still enjoying the oh so delicious rice cracker, try spreading on some other goodies… avocado, banana, whatever you have to hand, even cream cheese or vegemite will do.  If you’re feeling adventurous, you may even be able to add some other bits on such as ham or tuna (not that they’ll stay on for long!). Let him get messy! He may even enjoy the extra goodies, and you can try leaving pieces of those on his tray for him to choose from.

Deceive & Achieve

So actually, use that rice cracker to your advantage! Think about it as your secret weapon… a vehicle to provide him with other healthy, nutritious foods… a tool to distract his little hands… and a way to deceive, and hopefully achieve! It’s worth it to see that little one smile :)

See this published over at Little One Mag… :)

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