Feeding fussy eaters

Are you introducing your baby to solids, tossing out the contents of your child’s lunchbox at the end of each day, or finding your toddler has increasing opinions about what they eat?

There’s a series of workshops coming to Forbes this month that might help you.

Eight-month-old Tara Matthews enjoying her lunch.

Eight-month-old Tara Matthews enjoying her lunch.

The Parkes/Forbes Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) will be hosting nutritionist Simone Emery over three workshops on January 18 and 19.

The first workshop – Baby’s first two years of eating – takes place on Friday, January 18, between 7pm and 9pm.

The remaining two workshops – Understanding and parenting the fussy eater and Packing lunchboxes with Simone Emery will take place from 9:30am on Saturday, January 19.

ABA Group Leader Kylie Matthews said the workshops are not just going to focus on fussy eating habits, but will look at various oral development stages as well as nutritional and logistical challenges.

These workshops will touch on sensory issues, developmental stages, and nutrition.

“We focus on how the solids journey is more than just the first tastes and what happens along the way to have children eating a great variety of foods with skill by their second birthday,” Ms Matthews said.

“We will talk about the changes in your roles at the mealtime, our goals with food and strategies for keeping nutritious foods on offer going into the future when fussy tendencies may pop up.”

The workshops on Saturday morning are geared towards parents with preschool aged children.

The Understanding and parenting the fussy eater workshop runs from 9:30 to 10:30am and delves into the complexity of a fussy eater's relationship with food and ways to manage.

Packing lunchboxes runs from 11am to 12pm and covers the nutritional, ergonomic and logistic factors associated with the school lunchbox.

The Parkes/Forbes ABA will be running a creche and ask parents to RSVP as soon as possible by emailing abaparkesforbes@gmail.com

The Friday workshop costs $30, the Saturday workshops cost $20 each.

Ms Matthews said they could help save parents in wasted food and the stress associated with difficult mealtimes.

Visit www.eventbrite.com.au and search for Simone Emery Forbes.

The ABA helps provide support to women on their breast feeding journey.