Must Read! Omoni Dishes Out 6 Important Tips For Proper Child Nutrition

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Being a mother is one of the greatest roles any woman could ever take. It
comes with its challenges and bright sides but the joy of watching children
grow healthy everyday is one of the most rewarding experiences any mother can
have.
Award winning Nollywood star Omoni Oboli believes that Nutrition is very
important for everyone, but especially important for children because it is
directly linked to all aspects of their growth and development.
Omoni, has taken to her social media pages to drive a campaign of good
and proper nutrition for growing children while encouraging mothers to place a
high priority on proper child nutrition.

For Omoni, every child has the right to be properly developed in the
journey to adulthood; Omoni believes that proper nutrition influences all the
facets of a child growth from physical build, to brain development, behaviour
and even attention span.
Omoni shares her experience as a caring mother, explaining how she helps
her children grow daily, deriving so much joy from it and how she believes all
children deserve the same. What she said;
Hello fabulous moms…and dads!

I know a few dads who are primary care givers to their children. We are
all on this journey of motherhood or fatherhood and it really never ends. Your
kids are still going to call you when they’re fifty (you’ll still be alive then
by God’s grace) to ask for some advice or the other. We owe it to them, to do
everything in our power to make sure they grow everyday! And kids really grow
everyday! I know there are days I woke up to see that one of my sons grew
taller overnight!
Today we are talking about how to boost your kids appetite.
One of our fabulous moms asked yesterday and so I decided to share my
knowledge on this. Please feel free to leave a comment on your own tips and
tricks on this subject. My first son, Tobe, was breastfed for 6 months! After
that, he became an extremely picky eater! Simply put, he didn’t eat. We started
introducing solids but he just didn’t want food, Period! At a point, we
discovered he could stomach custard, so we started feeding him custard but you
can’t feed a child with only custard for months! The only saving grace was the
milk we fortified the custard with.
Enough about the problem. Let me share some of what I did to get him to
start eating.
Before I share, it’s important to note that you must first find out if
the lack of appetite is due to an underlying condition. So take your child to
see a Doctor to rule out that possibility. Tobe didn’t have any condition, he
just didn’t like food so here are some of the things I did…
1. Meal times have to be fun! The environment shouldn’t be rigid. Play
your child’s favorite music, buy different colorful dishes and have your child
pick their dishes at meal time. Involve them in meal preparations and setting
the table for meal time. Make it a happy chore. As much as you can, eat
together as a family in a casual setting. Don’t be too strict with table
manners. They’ll learn with time.
2. Experiment with different foods to find out what stimulates your
child’s appetite. Healthy snacks such as milk and fruits can be given between
meals to give them more nutrients but don’t give snacks just before a meal.
3. Don’t store too much unhealthy snacks at home because children can
loose their appetite for proper meals if they get too fond of eating unhealthy
snacks.
4. I believe an increase in the child’s physical activity helps a great
deal in improving appetite because it will stimulate hunger. Riding a bicycle,
running around, swimming and other activities are great. If you can, do it with
them. At least you can burn some fat in the process or keep fit!
5. Set regular meal times, that way your child’s body gets used to
desiring food at certain times. With Tobe, I made sure we had 3 proper meal
times and 2 in between snack times.
6. Don’t give up on a particular food the first time you try it and your
child rejects it. Keep giving it in small quantities.
I’ve heard it said that you would have to try a particular food 21 times
before you conclude that a child doesn’t like that food.
You can also try cooking it differently. Pay attention to the taste. I
realised that Tobe didn’t like the ready-made pureed meals. You know the ones
in little containers. So I decided to start making my own. I would read the
labels and buy the same ingredients. So for instance, a typical meal could be
carrots, potatoes, chicken and peas.
I really decided to start blending mine when I tasted one of the store
bought ones and said to myself, “no wonder he doesn’t like it.” The food was
bland! So I would boil chicken, carrots, potatoes, peas sometimes fish,
parsnip, etc and then blend or puree them. As he got older, I started mashing
instead of blending until he could eat them boiled. Today, Tobe is a healthy
eater and those days of struggling are long gone.
I hope this helps someone. Please feel free to share this post with
others and don’t forget to leave your comments. If you have any tips, share as
well. We are all here to learn the best ways to make our children GROW
EVERYDAY! Keep smiling!

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