So, you know how toddlers spend half of their time lulling you into a false sense of security, only to rip the proverbial rug out from under you the moment a smug sentence like “he’s a great eater” slips out of your mouth?
Welcome to toddler-mum life.
I have to admit, I personally found the journey of introducing solids more than a bit overwhelming, and just as I thought I had a handle on things, we entered the throwing-food-on-the floor-while-making-full-eye-contact phase.
It was clear I needed to shake things up, let go of any and all expectations and try something new. So this week, I decided to take on the challenge of introducing 5 new things my fussy little monkey hadn’t tried before.
Here’s exactly how that went.
Day 1: Savoury snack pouch.
Here we go!
Now, the CUB range at Coles snacks holds a bit of a special place in my heart because my introduction to it came in classic new-mum form.
I was in my second parents’ group meet-up when my little one simultaneously spit up and had a poo-splosion through his onesie. I had no nappies left and one of my soon-to-be mum friends subtly slid a CUB nappy over to me and mouthed “you’re doing so well”. Naturally, we became fast friends and I’ve stuck with both her and the CUB nappies well into toddlerhood.
What I didn’t realise was that they also have a range of food pouches for people like me: budget-conscious, but wanting my bub to be eating quality, nutritious things. They’re perfect for when I don’t have time for meal prep and need something super convenient that covers all the nutritional bases, all while actually tasting appealing to a fussy toddler. Sign. Me. Up.
We ended up starting our challenge a day earlier than I’d planned, because the leftover spanakopita I served my little one for dinner ended up entirely on the floor. I wanted to see if we could at least get something into him before bed, so I whipped out the CUB Organic Chicken with Sweetcorn & Brown Rice pouch. I needed something easy, healthy and tasty for him, but of course my toddler would be the judge of that last one.