Drinking lots of water is great for us. When we have a picky eater it can be useful too for preventing constipation. Making sure our child drinks enough water is important.
Sometimes though, the drinking tips from a positive into a negative.
When it comes to fussy eaters it's good to evaluate a few things:
1. Drinking is often easier for our child than eating. This means that they will fill an empty tummy with drinks before food. Yes, we want them having enough water but we don't want a hungry belly filled with nutrient free drinks.
Before snacks and meals it's good to keep an eye on how much our child is drinking. A tummy full of liquid suddenly doesn't feel ready to eat our yummy dinner. An hour later the hungries hit!
2. During dinner it's again easy to fill the tummy with water rather than food. I recommend having small amounts of liquid available until we've eaten.
3. Milk is fatty, filling and even gives us a lovely warm feeling once drunk. Add to this positive associations of comfort and milk is often a favourite for fussy eaters.
Let's repeat - milk is fatty and filling! This can easily take the place of food and many children prefer to drink than eat - especially a favourite.
Yes, milk contains calcium and other nutrients but for children over 1 years old it shouldn't be replacing food.
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.