This is a sponsored post for Ella’s Kitchen
How do you encourage your baby or toddler to eat well? Is it through the straightforward food or spoon to mouth? With sounds and motions, eg “Here comes the aeroplane”, or by distracting them with TV, books or toys? Or do you let them eat as much they can by hand, feeling all the textures as they go?
Apparently, when kids use their other senses (aside from taste) to explore new foods, they’re more likely to try them. This is not my research, but rather that of new-to-South-Africa organic baby and toddler food Ella’s Kitchen.
They did a study with the University of Reading which showed that by exploring new veg with all their senses outside of mealtimes, little ones are more likely to eat their greens. Which is good news considering it can take 10-15 attempts before a littlie will try a new food (I’m sure many of us can attest to more attempts).
So, to encourage babies and toddlers to get eating and get their taste buds excited (which is hard when we’re talking broccoli), Ella’s Kitchen has come up with sensory ideas and activities. They might sound hard, but adding sensory elements make complete sense – as an adult, picture your own food without colour, or a great meal out without pleasant music in the background?
If you go to the Ella’s Kitchen website you’ll find tips, plus free downloads of songs and activities to use for feeding. They might make life easier, and will get your kids eating their greens without tears (mostly your own), bribery, and theatrics while trying to distract them.
And what better way to tempt you – and your senses – than with a video? Here’s another look at the Ella’s Kitchen range…