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"Feeding a child"


Feeding your baby should be easy. After all, it's so natural: children must eat, and it is the parents' responsibility to give healthy, wholesome meals. Everything seems to match, and two roles complement. Only in theory. In practice, stress, incompleteness, anxiety about what a child eats and why there are so few / many certain ingredients.

Like the world, parents complain that children don't eat vegetables, they are too attracted to sweets and unhealthy dishes. Their taste tastes contradict the visions of parental dreams. There is a character test. Often familiar scenarios are repeated. And only a few parents who realize the source of their behavior are able to face the problem.

Feeding the baby at different stages of life

Brazelton in a guide created for child nutrition describes the problems and issues that parents of children of different ages can face:

  • is the newborn baby eating?
  • why rainstorm
  • milk allergy
  • including the bottle in the feeding scheme,
  • poor weight gain
  • feeding a walking child,
  • aversion to vegetables and some products.

Brazelton draws attention to the most important changes that occur at every stage of the child's life. There are quite a lot of them, because the toddler develops very quickly in the first years. It shows how to deal with a known problem, when it seems to us that we have mastered the way of feeding, suddenly the situation changes and you need to find another way to grumble, ate or a small rebel.

Shadows from above the cradle

Brazelton puts forward a thesis, quite well known, that how we approach feeding children is highly dependent on how we were fed ourselves as children. Usually we repeat the same mistakes, we enter into similar roles in which the parent guarded what and in what quantity the child should eat.

When meals are accompanied by big emotions, unaware problems of adults, usually the whole family suffers. A child under pressure, who feels that he must eat something to please his loved ones, quickly begins to rebel and withdraw from shared meals. The plate becomes a battlefield, and daily meals stressful time for the whole family.

That's why Brazelton is calling for some mistakes not to be made. He advises that at the very beginning to deal with emotions, understand that we can not force a child to eat, and at most "grow" at home ate an eater. Too much depends on the child's parents and guardians.

I recommend this publication if you want to feed your child consciously, leaving heavy luggage outside the house.

Thank you to Gdańsk Psychological Publishing House for the review copy of the book.