Nutrition responsibility By Cassie Mills
Out of nowhere Daisy was 6 months old and needed 'weaning' - proper solid food! (Ok we actually started when she was around 5 months because she was so obsessed with our food, but don't tell the health visitor!)
As someone who can cook, enjoys cooking and loves food I was looking forward to the weaning process and seeing what Daisy would eat and enjoy. The reality of all this though was very different! All of a sudden I was aware that I was solely responsible for her having a balanced diet, (breast milk was obviously all she needed up to this point) that had to include meat, fish, veg, fruit, dairy, carbs, protein, iron etc etc! It all seemed so overwhelming!
On top of this I wanted her to have everything homemade, no jars or pouches, and was essentially stuck in the sodding kitchen for roughly 3-4 hours a day cooking! Ludicrous and soul destroying. Not to mention the constant cleaning up that came with a baby trying to find their mouth!!!
I also was (and still am) big on no salt and no sugar - she just doesn't need it, the reality of this has also had to relax, the constant 'can she have some of this' from friends, family (grandparents!!) and play mates meant that I felt I couldn't say no and am not brave enough to look like the snobby pretentious mum who says 'no, sorry, she doesn't have shit' we just don't have it at home and that will have to do.
Almost 10 months on and we now run like a slick machine (total bollocks!!) ok we don't, but things are much easier and I've realised that a ham sandwich for lunch isn't the end of the world, a bit of pizza if we're out isn't going to kill her and some ice cream won't make her obese. It's about balance for her and for me and being confident that 90% of he time she eats better than my husband and I!
She will never get taken to McDonald's though, some things I won't budge on!