Could feeding using all the senses be the key to getting babies and toddlers to eat well?

May 28, 2013

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?

Fun activity sheets   Ella s Kitchen

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.

very, very tasty Vegetable Bake with lentils_7m_SA


sweet potatoes pumpkin apples + blueberries_SA

And what better way to tempt you – and your senses – than with a video? Here’s another look at the Ella’s Kitchen range…

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  • Tanya Dos Santos

    Can I order the Ellas kitchen food online?

    May 28, 2013 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Tanya

    Hi Tanya, not yet. But it’s available from Baby City and Baby Boom etc. Please let me know if you need details and I can try get stockist details near you.

    May 28, 2013 at 11:48 am Reply
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