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How to get my child to eat

One of the most important roles as a parent is to provide our children with nutrition. When this is a problem (for multiple reasons), no wonder it becomes so stressful, guilt ridden and emotional for families.

As a Mum and a Feeding therapist myself, I am always looking in to new ways to help at mealtimes.

It is often the simplest things that are the most effective! One of the first things I chat about to the families I support is ... SEATING.

I am all for the cheap basic highchairs - and both of my children use the Ikea Antilop bargain basement highchair that has been great... however the downside is that it doesn't have a footrest.

Feeding therapists (occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists etc) all agree that to get children to eat, they need to be in a good position...

FEET FLAT, BOTTOM BACK, SITTING READY is one of my therapy mantras and it really helps! You know when you're sitting on a high bar stool and don't like having your feet dangling? This is how the kids will feel!

I often advocate using makeshift footrests for those parents (like me) who have opted for the Ikea highchair, or similar, without a footrest... but I was thrilled to have stumbled across this lovely product on Instagram and I just had to share it with you!!!

The Nibble and Rest company have the answer! Adjustable footrests (either fabric or wood) to fit on your highchair! The Footsi® was invented by a Mum for other Mums.

Benefits include

  • Provides security and comfort for your child while sitting

  • Adjustable height to support you child as they grow

  • Allows child to sit upright with stability

  • Allows child's feet to be positioned 90 degrees from their legs

  • Encourages improved concentration on tasks while in high chair (e.g eating)

  • Allows for better hand to mouth co-ordination

  • Quick installation (no tools required)

Even better news... I have been in touch with the company and if you use the code 'Speechmum' you will get 10% off your order!

Have a look!

Love from

Speech Mum x

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