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What to do with your fussy eater of a child? If you’re a stressed out parent, here are some tips for you to try:

1. Persevere! Introduce your child to as many foods as possible

Even if you think your child is fussy with food, limiting what they eat may only serve to escalate their fussiness. And this will lead to a bigger worry – your child possibly missing the essential nutrients they need to develop and grow. So persevere with offering them a wide variety, and don’t despair or give up! Best-selling author and expert on baby food and nutrition, Annabel Karmel, says “the best thing is to be upfront about fruit and vegetables, tell them where they come from and why they are so good for you.”

“Giving them facts could make them more interested about what they are eating. I used to offer a starter – a little teacup or saucer of something new that they could try that would be in addition to their main meal,” she offers on her website.

2. Small Amounts, 20 Days

If trying to get your child to eat their broccoli or carrots are an exercise in futility, here’s some advice from UCL psychologist Dr Clare Llewellyn. If your child dislikes or refuses a particular food, offer them a very small amount of that food for 20 consecutive days in a row. She says research has shown if you try this approach, you are reducing the fear factor and it increases your child’s familiarity with the food, and they are much more likely to eat it.

3. All-Day Snacking – Don’t Do It

It’s a dilemma – your child is fussy and hardly eats, and so you worry about their hunger and feed snacks to them all day.  Consultant paediatric cardiologist Dr Yong Junina urges parents to avoid all-day snacking for their children, and this includes milk or juice. Feeding them so many snacks will affect their appetite and they may refuse their meals.

“As a general guide, children between one to six years old should eat no more than six times a day (three meals and two to three snacks, at least two hours before mealtime). They should also drink no more than two to three glasses of milk a day. Limit fruit juices to no more than three-quarters of a cup of freshly squeezed juice and avoid giving him store-bought juices, as these are loaded with sugar,” Dr Yong says.

4. Try Food Chaining

Dr Mark Fishbein is a pediatric gastroenterologist and co-author of ‘Food Chaining: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet‘. He recommends using a technique called ‘food chaining’ for fussy eaters, in which you slowly introduce different foods that are similar in taste or texture to ones your child already likes.

So if your child loves peanut butter, for example, you could try serving it up on crackers, mini bagels or thin apple slices to encourage them further. “Do it in a nonthreatening way, and offer a lot of positive reinforcement,” says Dr. Fishbein. “Most parents report having success within several weeks.”

5. Sneak some veggies or consider supplements

If your child is truly fussy, nothing seems to work and you are worried about their nutrition, then you can always sneak vegetables into their food. Whether it is being a little creative – courgette fries? – or cooking special recipes with hidden veggies (Try this yummy veggie pasta sauce recipe by Annabel Karmel) there is no harm in trying things out! As experts say vitamin and mineral supplementation may be considered if the child’s diet is deemed nutritionally inadequate, you can also try supplements like Chewies Multivitamins which are specifically formulated to help the body meet its nutrition requirements.

The multivitamins also help to improve appetite, support brain function and protect the retina. If you’re concerned about your child’s immunity, you can also try Chewies Immunolicious, a great tasting gummy for children ages two and up. Each gummy comes loaded with 50mg of Wellmune®, a natural yeast beta glucan that can trigger human immune defences to protect the body. Wellmune® is clinically-proven to safely enhance the immune system and kills foreign intruders without stimulating immune system, immune boosters or stimulators by activating innate immune body cells.


And there you go, some things that may help your fussy eater and keep her or him happy and healthy!

 

By Nellie Liang

Chewies is available at Guardian, Watsons, Caring, Vitacare, Aeon Wellness and all participating pharmacies. More information, head to the Chewies Facebook page here.

 

This is a sponsored post presented by Chewies.

The amazing Nickelodeon Playground is back! If you need some ideas for the school holidays, look no further than Nickelodeon Playground at the Sunway Velocity Mall this December.

With a chock-full of fun activities and workshops offered this time around, children (and mums and dads) will be seriously spoilt for choice. Look out for these exciting and vibrant activities at the Ground Floor, Vanity Atrium from December 13th – 26th. Best of all, all activities are free!

What’s in store at the Nickelodeon Playground this time around?

1) Kids Playground – Paw Patrol Paw-some Slide

You won’t have to sell this very hard to your kids – slide with Chase, Marshall, Rubble and gang again and again! Kids can join Paw Patrol in their mission to keep a lookout for trouble at the interactive Paw Tower at the playland. Simply climb up the steps and look out from the top, then take a slide down into a cushiony foam pit – what could be more fun for fans of these rescue dogs in training. As it is very popular, sit back, relax, and watch your child have a blast. Oh, don’t forget to wear socks at all times!

2) Blaze and the Monster Machines Kiddie Car Ride

This has been a hit with children at the playground, so make sure your kids come and have a go with these roaring little cars. Kids will surely have fun with Blaze as they get to drive their own car. You can opt for manual manoeuvring or by remote control, so don’t worry mums and dads!

3) Shimmer & Shine

Fans of Shimmer & Shine can meet and greet the adorable twin genies-in-training at the concourse on the 15th, 16th and 22nd of December at the Ground Floor, Vanity Atrium. The sessions are at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm, so make sure you stop by with the kids!

4) Kids’ Colouring Corner

If you want some quiet time from the excitement, you can also bring the children to the Kids’ Colouring Corner which will open from 10am to 10pm at the Nickelodeon Playground from December 13 – 26th. Perfect for some winding down after all the bustling about!

5) Sandwich Making Workshop by O’briens Irish Sandwich Cafe

If you would like your child to be more independent around the kitchen, here’s a good little introduction. O’briens Irish Sandwich Cafe will be teaching a Sandwich Making Workshop on the 15th, 16th and 22nd December at 12pm. Make your way there to learn how to make delicious sandwiches!

6) Cake Decorating Workshop by 123Bake

Baking with kids is said to be one of the best things you can do to teach them patience and concentration. So join the cake decorating workshops with kids organised by 123Bake! This special workshop will be held on December 25th at 12pm, please do secure your slots by registering!

7) Christmas Tea Party with Vic & Val!

If you’re looking for sweet little Christmas treats for the children, make sure you book a spot for the Christmas Tea Party with Vic & Val! Held on the 23rd December at 4pm and 25th December, Christmas Day at 2pm, your kids will be having a lovely time at this very special tea party.

8) Kids’ Road Safety Special with JPJ

Increasing your children’s safety awareness is important, and how cool will it be for them to learn about road safety from road transport officers! Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) is conducting a Kids’ Road Safety Special this 23rd of December to educate kids about road safety. It is first come, first served, so make sure you are there for the 2pm session.

9) kOkO Block ALL day activities

Parents know how little ones love playing with blocks, so check out the many fun educational activities held by kOkO Block at the Ground Floor (in front of Padini).

These will be held from November 23rd to January 1st, from 10am to 10pm. You may even get special promotions during this period when you drop by, so don’t miss out!

10) Music Workshop by Gymboree

Who doesn’t love a good music workshop, and one held by veterans Gymboree at that? Let your kiddos have a blast with musical instruments and a chance to play with others at this fun workshop. Held on the 16th at 2pm, and 25th of December at 4pm, come by the Ground Floor at the Vanity Atrium.

11) Kids’ Art Workshop by Cardboard Country

Art allows children to express themselves and use their imagination. Bring them to this Kids’ Art Workshop held by Cardboard Country on  22 Dec 4pm, 23 Dec 12pm, and 25 Dec 6pm to let them have a go at creating their own masterpieces. Make sure you head to the Ground Floor, Vanity Atrium at for this!

12) Children’s Clay Art Workshop by Yenji

Give your children a wonderful opportunity to try clay art in this special workshop by Yenji! Let them get all busy and creative with their hands, and see how proud they will be with their own clay creations. Held on December 15th at 6pm on the Ground Floor, Vanity Atrium.

13) Promos exclusive for VeloKiddie Members!

The amazing activities and workshops are not all! Check out these exclusive VeloKiddie promos to consider this season for your children’s benefit, all held at Sunway Velocity Mall. Not a member yet? Register now to enjoy so many special offers, discounts and treats for the little ones today!

Families that also want to countdown for the new year with fireworks, a food truck lane, celebrity concert and carnival games can attend Sunway Velocity Mall’s New Year’s Eve Party on the 31st December.  Come play at the game booths for free in order to win prizes and cash vouchers, or enjoy some good food from our Food Truck Lane and Street Bazaar. The carnival starts at 12pm and the countdown concert at 9pm. The celebrities lined up to perform include Faizal Tahir, Alvin Chong, Paperplane Pursuit, Dayang Nurfaizah, Jernn Chia, Juztin Lan, Khai Bahar, Dennis Yin & Crew, and Rejuvenate. The highlight of the night would be amazing fireworks that will be lighting up the sky at the stroke of midnight when you countdown with the rest in a celebratory atmosphere. There will be plenty of parking spaces available but you could opt for the convenience of the MRT (Cochrane/Maluri Station hours extended till 1AM) or even use the “SVMNYE2019”  Grab promo code to get RM5 off each way. This event is open to the public for free! Click here for more info. Click here for more info.


Free, fun and full of learning opportunities for your children, and lots of shopping delights for yourselves – what’s not to like? Head over to the Nickelodeon Playground at Sunway Velocity Mall in December for a great time!

For more information visit www.sunwayvelocitymall.com, call 03- 2786 3970 or visit Sunway Velocity Mall’s Facebook page.

 

This is a sponsored post presented by Sunway Velocity Mall.

Having breastfed both my daughters (my youngest, for 21 months and my eldest, for 15 months), I know first-hand that breastfeeding is neither a walk in the park nor an insurmountable challenge.  If you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby and are new to breastfeeding, here are some of the things you should know.

1. Arm yourself with knowledge

A lot of new mums spend a significant amount of time finding out about childbirth, although there’s really only one conclusion – the baby comes out! Instead, finding out as much as you can about breastfeeding beforehand will serve you well. You need knowledge and confidence because when baby arrives, you’ll be sleep deprived and will need to wade through the barrage of opinions and advice that gets thrown your way. If possible, take a class or course before baby comes so you are at least mentally prepared for breastfeeding.

2. Get a breastfeeding buddy – especially in the early weeks

For 99% of us, breastfeeding will not be easy in the early days. My cousin, who breastfed before and has had 4 children, kept me sane during the first few days before my milk came in. I wouldn’t have made it through the pain of mastitis in my first two weeks if it wasn’t for her. You will need someone you trust and can turn to when you’re unsure, and someone who can comfort and support you through the trials of breastfeeding.

3. Get expert breastfeeding support, right from the start

I remember breastfeeding my 10-week old firstborn for 3 hours straight one night – each time I tried to unlatch she would scream murder. I was so worried and rang a La Leche League breastfeeding helpline at 11pm. The lady who answered calmly told me that my baby was fine and was just going through a growth spurt. It helped to hear an expert voice of reason in my haze of sleep deprivation.

Depending on the country you are in, look out for available breastfeeding cafes locally, or find a lactation consultant or experienced midwife. There are breastfeeding networks you can join on Facebook as well. Even if you do not end up using these sources of support, it’s good to have them in hand, just in case.

4. It’s going to hurt

I was told by a midwife that breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt if your latch is right. I wouldn’t say it’s a lie but the first couple of months your boobs and nipples are getting used to the whole experience. They will be tugged at, pulled and gnashed! Brace yourself for some form of pain and discomfort. Make nipple cream your new best friend.

5. Breastfeeding will take up a lot of all of your time

Mentally prepare yourself:

  • To feel like a cow – you are the baby’s mobile source of food!
  • To be spending most of your time within the cycle of feeding the baby: preparing to feed (especially so if you’re intending to pump and bottle-feed), burping and changing nappies or putting baby down after a feed
  • If you plan to breastfeed fully without bottles, recognise that this means you can’t leave your baby for more than 2-3 hours in the first 6 months and 3-4 hours in the second 6 months

Set yourself up for a realistic scenario and manage your expectations. With my firstborn, I was surprised that breastfeeding her took up all my time, but with my second baby, I could get ready to watch an episode of my favourite TV series, armed with a cup of Milo and some lactation cookies during feeds. I breastfed both fully without bottles which meant I had a baby with me 24-7 for almost 2 years each.

6. You’ve heard this before and it’s true: Fed is Best

Everyone has a right to, and will have, an opinion. Most mums would have had a different experience from you. Remember that the whole point of breastfeeding is to get the baby fed. If it doesn’t work for you, then choose something that does. There are so many options: mix-feeding, formula, bottle-feeding, or purely breastfeeding. Just do what’s best for you and the baby.

7.  The right equipment always helps.

The first thing I would get is a good breastfeeding bra – don’t skimp on this! Last thing you want to do is be fiddling with your clothes when you have a hungry baby. I also had two breastfeeding pillows – one for indoors and one for the outdoors (especially useful in cinemas!). I found a new sense of freedom when I could breastfeed when I was out and about/traveling – once I even fed my firstborn at the stairs of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Think through what you need and can afford to buy or borrow from a friend. Consider a breastfeeding apron, and perhaps a good pump if you plan to bottle feed. When you have the right gear, chances are you’ll enjoy the experience a lot more.

8. Don’t give up or substitute – too soon.

I am glad I persevered with breastfeeding despite having mastitis and recurring blocked ducts in the first two months. I remember taking painkillers beforehand and crying whilst breastfeeding because it was so painful. Somehow when I hit the 3 month mark, everything suddenly fell into place and breastfeeding became … a routine. So where possible, be patient and persevere. The important caveat here though, is of course, if your doctor tells you your baby is not getting enough milk.

9. Measure your baby, not your milk.

We live in the social media age where it’s hard not to get caught up with comparing your milk yield with another mum’s! We shouldn’t forget that the end objective of breastfeeding is your baby’s growth and even then, your baby’s growth is dependent on so many factors. Definitely monitor your baby’s growth but stop worrying about your yield. As long as your baby is getting enough, that’s all that matters.

10. You might enjoy breastfeeding and guess what, you might miss it!

I never thought I’d say this, but I miss breastfeeding. The effect of oxytocin during breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby and that memory and sense of ‘It’s just you and me, kiddo’ has stayed with me until now.

Below are some helpful links and books that helped me with breastfeeding. Good luck! Savour every breastfeeding moment you have, as the days are long but the years are short.

 

Some helpful resources on breastfeeding:

La Leche League

The Breastfeeding Advocates Network

The Breastfeeding Network Malaysia

Growth charts for breastfed babies (but use with a good dose of common sense!): https://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/who_charts.htm

Breastfeeding classes/workshops in the Klang Valley:

http://www.lovebreastfeeding.com/breastfeeding-class.html

http://www.hypnobirthingmalaysia.com/breastfeeding.html

https://bondahaven.com/

https://www.ummc.edu.my/ads/antenatal_class.asp?kod=2

https://www.birthandbeyond.biz/breastfeeding-education

Good books on breastfeeding and routines to support breastfeeding:

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League

The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin

Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect and Communicate with your Baby by Melinda Blau

 

By Jessica Cheng

Jessica Cheng hails from Subang Jaya but is currently a full-time working mum manoeuvring the corporate world in London. She is a bubble tea addict who loves experiencing food and travel with the three Vs in her life: her husband and two little girls.