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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 09-Dec-13 11:32:13

We've been asked by the team at Organix to find out your views on food at Christmas.

Are you the sort of parent who allows your children to have more foodie treats at Christmas-time or do you attempt to spread out/avoid the scoffing of selection boxes? What about offering healthy alternatives? Any tips you can share on managing this? What sort of foods have you found work well as healthy alternatives?

If you have a child aged 3 or under, how (if at all) would you adapt your Christmas dinner for them? Do you have any general food tips for Christmas with a little one?

What's your favourite memory of your DCs first Christmas meal?

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SolomanDaisy Mon 09-Dec-13 12:33:38

Why would we be adapting Christmas dinner for under threes? For under ones, yes, but at 2.5 DS can just eat a normal Christmas dinner. Although we don't use salt, so I guess some people would need to adapt that.

Christmas dinner was one of the first times he had solid food and he still loves the vegetables he had for that meal!

CMOTDibbler Mon 09-Dec-13 12:53:57

Ds is 7 and enjoys sampling all the seasonal treats. He likes choc, but is perfectly able to leave it alone - theres a tin of Heroes open on the dining table at the moment but he's had one in 4 days.

We never adapted food for him - his first christmas, he was 6 months old and ate exactly the same as everyone else. Lovely pic of him in a highchair waving a yorkie at the camera smile

itsnothingoriginal Mon 09-Dec-13 14:33:39

My kids absolutely love Christmas dinner - my DS is a very picky eater but last year said 'Mummy, I love getting presents but my Christmas dinner is almost as good!' - high praise indeed.

We have never adapted food for the kids other than cutting up meat smaller. We don't use much salt in cooking so not really a problem for the kids to eat what we eat. There are lots of low salt gravy/stock products around now which helps.

We let go at Christmas with regards to treats and chocolate - its only one day. They do tend to self-regulate though - they know when enough is enough!

MadMonkeys Mon 09-Dec-13 18:50:14

I have a 1yo and 3yo - I will give them the same Christmas dinner as the rest of the family, except I will cook some plain pasta for DD1 as she doesn't like potatoes, and I will do a dairy free alternative for pudding as DD2 is dairy free.

They will have a few foodie treats but not huge amounts - it ceases to be a treat if you stuff yourself!

WaitingForPeterWimsey Mon 09-Dec-13 19:08:20

We do blw so everyone gets Xmas dinner - even little DS smile

Steffanoid Mon 09-Dec-13 19:27:56

This is our first Christmas with our little boy and we're starting weaning so there'll be a lot of mess fun times at Christmas dinner for us, I think there will be treats too wink

nemno Mon 09-Dec-13 20:01:11

No adapting needed in our house.

The children pretty much do polish off the stocking chocolate very early in the morning, isn't that what it's for?

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Mon 09-Dec-13 20:37:46

No adapting of Christmas dinner for DD1 (2.10). We let her have a bit of everything in moderation, so maybe a bit of chocolate in the morning or whatever - it's Christmas after all!

We're planning to give DD2 her first meal to play with at Christmas.

I wasn't planning on getting selection boxes or anything, because there will be plenty of chocolates an backs around. We will ensure there's loads of fruit around or easy snacking.

manfalou Mon 09-Dec-13 20:47:07

Christmas is for having treats so yes of course Ds can have chocolates and biscuits! He does not eat vegetables of any kind but will have the same as everyone else for christmas dinner, same as every dinner, if he doesn't eat it, he doesn't eat it.

janeyh31 Mon 09-Dec-13 20:52:18

We all.have christmas dinner in our house. Some years it goes down better than others as they can be far to excited to enjoy. I think treats are part of Christmas and it not like it happens all the time so will girls to have treats at Christmas

Theimpossiblegirl Mon 09-Dec-13 20:52:36

Christmas dinner is just a roast with extra trimmings. I would happily let a toddler eat any of it, but for under ones I would probably do an adapted version, cutting out the high salt items.

My children are older and I think the fact they have always had what everyone else at the table is eating has made them non-faddy eaters, willing to try most things.

starlight36 Mon 09-Dec-13 20:55:36

Our DD gets more treats than usual at Christmas - just like her parents! We try not to go overboard and do limit the amount she has each day.

We don't cook with salt so we don't need to adapt our Christmas dinner. The issue in past years has been trying to time the Dinner with her usual mealtimes (and when she was younger her nap times).

The only adaptation I'll be making to Christmas dinner for baby dd is hoiking a roast potato and Yorkshire pudding out of the oven five minutes before the others so I can cut up and cool them down.

HootyMcOwlface Mon 09-Dec-13 21:32:37

My 1year old is fine with most foods so he can have the same as us. I'll do a low salt gravy and let him have a bit. He'll probably get dark meat e.g. thigh as he doesn't cope well with breast meat. I'll also be offering his usual snacks if the timings go awry and he's hungry before its ready.

I'm really looking forward to it smile

sharond101 Mon 09-Dec-13 21:51:32

DS is 19mo so will have as we do on Christmas Day. I am sure he will get the odd extra treat too as will we all. Last year he had a few spoons of homemade sticky toffee pudding which was really naughty as he was only 7mo.

Maiyakat Mon 09-Dec-13 21:57:24

DD has a special diet so can't eat most of the normal Christmas treats. I will let her have a few more of her treats in the Christmas spirit though!

My sister once had rice crispies for Christmas dinner (we were at Grandma's, where you can get away with such things!)

KateOxford Mon 09-Dec-13 22:10:30

My son is 3 and he will be allowed more treats at Christmas but we do try to limit them and thus make sure he realises they are treats. He will have a few chocolate santas and coins in his stocking but loose not a whole packet. Some more will be kept and he can have them on other days as a treat. Chocolate is a treat to him so even having one or two and he will be pleased. He will have the same Christmas dinner as us although I doubt he will eat all of the veg ! He gets overwhelmed by too much on his plate and so we will dish out a small portion for him and cool it down before putting it in front of him. We don't have a chocolate advent calendar but have a home made one with a few chocolates on certain days. I would have bought one of the organix selection boxes as I loved the idea but the snacks are the same as we have every day, it would be great to see some special festive ones.

missorinoco Mon 09-Dec-13 22:46:19

Are you the sort of parent who allows your children to have more foodie treats at Christmas-time or do you attempt to spread out/avoid the scoffing of selection boxes? What about offering healthy alternatives? Any tips you can share on managing this? What sort of foods have you found work well as healthy alternatives?

More treats are eaten over the Xmas period, as there are more around in the house, but the selection box lasts for weeks, as I get to dole out when they can eat what. Healthy alternatives - DC: "Mum,can I have a chocolate?" Me: "How about a carrot instead?" Or not.

I am happy for them to have their treats, just not all at once. Healthy food continues as usual. Fruit with meals, if you are too full for your meal you are too full for your chocolates, etc.

If you have a child aged 3 or under, how (if at all) would you adapt your Christmas dinner for them? Do you have any general food tips for Christmas with a little one?
Be realistic. My DC would never eat a Brussels sprout,so I will offer it, but not force it. Carrots and peas on the other hand, are usually eaten so are non negotiable.

My tip is be realistic. If you have little ones, and especially if you have more than one little one, your Xmas dinner will pass in a haze of childhood excitement, and you won't even taste the two types of stuffing you thought it necessary to make, if you remember to take them out of the oven where they are keeping warm whilst you changed a nappy/adjudicated a fight/hid in the loo with a glass of wine.

My other tip is that if you are usually strict with food and rules, if you relax them for a day your toddler DC will think world order as he knows it has departed. DC1 didn't get over the stress of being allowed to eat his chocolate from his stocking before breakfast, and ran around checking what other rules were still in existence.

What's your favourite memory of your DCs first Christmas meal?
Hahaha. DH and I naively thought we would have a relaxed family meal together, three courses, before Xmas, and before going to relatives. Infant DS cutting teeth had other plans. By the turkey we cut our losses and ate the pudding several hours later when he was in bed.

gretagrape Tue 10-Dec-13 07:34:08

My son will be 9mo on Christmas Day and will have almost the same dinner as us - the only difference will be that he'll have some homemade stock instead of gravy as he has various food allergies. Don't see the need to adapt anything really - it's just a roast dinner, although he might have some fruit instead of joining us for Christmas pud!

Cherryjellybean Tue 10-Dec-13 09:11:40

My daughter was breastfed her first Christmas dinner, then I think she was asleep the next one, so no memories there!
This Christmas we will be offering her a smaller version of our meal, she will only want the potatoes I think!

Dd will be allowed more treats than normal, as adults will be eating them. But selection boxes etc will be put in the cupboard and given to her very slowly. We leave lots of fruit around to try encourage healthy snacking.

telsa Tue 10-Dec-13 09:42:53

No adaptation needed. What is wrong with lovely vegetables, good meat, a little stuffing, bread sauce. Yum. Can't wait!

ShatnersBassoon Tue 10-Dec-13 10:17:01

Our kids love Christmas dinner, although one won't eat sprouts (even when we tell him it will make him do tremendous guffs).

Of course they get loads more treats at Christmas, but they'll still have plenty of nutritious food so I don't bother trying to monitor or control what they're scoffing.

Cies Tue 10-Dec-13 10:33:35

We definitely relax with regards to treats, and this begins now in Advent with a chocolate from the calendar allowed before breakfast!

Ds is 4 and his favourite Christmas treat is marzipan, which he is welcome to as far ad I'm concerned grin

We don't adapt the meal except to cut it up smaller for them. As we're at Granny's it's all v salty, but I figure for a couple of days there's no problem.

PenguinSalute Tue 10-Dec-13 10:42:33

Now that DS is nearly 2 we don't plan to
adapt the meal at all. Cut it up into bits the right size for him to jab easily with his fork, but that's it. He loved his first Xmas dinner and is a fiend for homemade Yorkies when his dad does a roast, so I have high hopes for this year! We kind of plan to let him go a bit more wild with the treats as well, it's one day, or at most 2, and he's a very active boy so I don't really see the issue!

SantaIKnowHimIKnowHim Tue 10-Dec-13 11:16:24

We don't have under three's anymore as they're older children now (6 and 10.)
We never adapted the Christmas meal though, as we had no need to. We don't use any salt in cooking, so didn't need to adapt there.
They just had what we had - turkey, roast potatoes and all your veg such as sprouts, broccoli, carrots etc! The only thing you could say we adapted is that I didn't give them gravy when they were toddlers as that's salty.
So they had a full Christmas dinner without the gravy. smile
I'm definitely more relaxed when it comes to chocolate over the festive season, such as the advent calendars and the selection boxes.
I don't let them loose on them though, as they'd end up eating the lot in one go and make themselves feel sick grin
We'd spread them out and have one thing out of them a day, something like that.
They're really active kids, forever playing sport and running about and it's not something they eat loads of usually so more chocolate over the Christmas period I don't really have a problem with.

WowOoo Tue 10-Dec-13 12:22:23

The children eat the same as us over Christmas. I'll help my youngest by cutting things up for him if he asks.

One of my sons is very good at saying when he's had enough chocolate or sweets for one day. The other one would eat chocolate all day if we let him. So, we keep them out of reach.

My favourite memories (helped with the aid of photos) are the dc's in little reindeer outfits my brother bought for them. Another one is my youngest at Christmas dinner - he demanded everyone give him the hats from crackers. He has about 5 on his head in one photo.

3 year old DD will have the same Christmas dinner as everyone else including cake, pudding but apart from the odd advent calendar chocolate, she won't be eating loads of junk. 1 year old DS will also eat the same - no chocolates - and everything chopped up nice and small!

Bubbles85 Tue 10-Dec-13 13:50:47

It's a little bit early for us. We are expecting up first baby this Christmas so it will be a very special time. I think we will have to adapt our Christmas dinner this year because of this. I have ordered some ready to go Christmas food so that when ever the baby makes an appearance we can still have our Christmas dinner. Next year will be different though. I don't intend to change our plans, our child will have to learn about the way we do things at Christmas. And a few treats at Christmas never hurt us as children!

mercibucket Tue 10-Dec-13 20:01:36

I let the kids eat their chocolate selection box all in one go (when its gone its gone) but apart from that we dont go mad over food at xmas

I remember xmas day meal in a restaurant with ds1 aged 1 and ds2 aged 2. we kept them amused through the whole meal but it was haaaaard work. lovely memories though

DoctorGilbertson Tue 10-Dec-13 20:12:44

Are you the sort of parent who allows your children to have more foodie treats at Christmas-time or do you attempt to spread out/avoid the scoffing of selection boxes?

Yes, I probably don't try and manage this, but I do hide chocolate

What about offering healthy alternatives?

Maybe - they mostly just eat what is around

Any tips you can share on managing this?

Only buy food you are happy for them to eat

What sort of foods have you found work well as healthy alternatives?

Tinned peaches, grapes, breadsticks

If you have a child aged 3 or under, how (if at all) would you adapt your Christmas dinner for them?

Well they probably won't eat the veg, but I can live in hope. So no adaptions here ...

Do you have any general food tips for Christmas with a little one?

Yes. Search their bags for random chocolate that they may have been given and hide it or eat it

What's your favourite memory of your DCs first Christmas meal?

my DS sitting in a bouncy chair with a christmas hat on!

KnitActually Tue 10-Dec-13 20:47:32

hadn't thought of this but we will have to adapt chritmas dinner this year because ds2 (2) has gone completely off potatoes fhmm

MsJupiterJones Tue 10-Dec-13 21:25:58

My favourite memory of my son's first Christmas meal (in 2012 aged 8 weeks) is that he slept through it and I was able to eat mine holding both knife and fork (a rare occurrence). This year we have already had a mini-Christmas dinner for visiting relatives and he ate the lot - smoked salmon starter, turkey, ham, sprouts and potatoes. He loves his food!

Hopezibah Tue 10-Dec-13 22:12:35

my little one is 20 months and she will just have Christmas dinner chopped up as finger food. She loves roast dinners and Christmas dinner is just like a big roast dinner.

Last year we took our hand blender to granny's where we spent Christmas and she had Christmas dinner pureed up with a bit of gravy. Again she loved it!

I keep little snacks to hand as she can't always wait until the same time as us for Christmas lunch. And she often prefers an organix fruit pot for pudding rather than any of the main puddings we have.

I do let mine all have more treats than usual - things like advent chocolate treats and chocolates from their stockings but i do think it does make them a bit more hyper but that could just be the Christmas excitement! xxx

LoganMummy Wed 11-Dec-13 12:47:05

1. Yes, Christmas is a celebration so if DS (3) eats a few more treats then that's absolutely fine. It's the only day of the year that chocolate is allowed to be part of breakfast.
2. Our DC love fruit so I don't need to offer any healthy alternatives.
3. Cutting up fruit and veg into bite size pieces and making funny faces helped get DS into fruit. Making smoothies and naming them pixie and elf juice also helped.
4. Aged 3, DS just gets smaller portions of what we're having. DD (under 1) will get some of ours as finger food but also some mashed up.
5. With so much food about, Christmas is the perfect time for little ones to explore new flavours and textures. Having DD in the kitchen with me in her high chair, I offer bits of what I'm making.
6. Favourite memory of DS first Christmas was that he first tried solids on Christmas Day.

ouryve Wed 11-Dec-13 13:34:32

We do have more foodie treats at Christmas. Though DS1 can no longer eat chocolate or citrus, so that rules out most of what you can buy. I've still made DS1 friendly Christmas puds and cake, though and will probably make him some mince pies - I must get around to making some approximation of mincemeat that he can safely eat, since most of the shop bought stuff has lemon juice in (or glucose-fructose syrup - yuck!)

My boys are a long way past 3, but they just had what we had, at Christmas, same as any other day. Christmas dinner was the first meal we ever got DS2 to accept - almost 8 months old and a bit of parsnip, carrot and turkey whizzed up roughly with a tiny amount of gravy proved to be the breakthrough that persuaded him to try something and not gag before it even touched his lips.

HanShotFirst Wed 11-Dec-13 13:44:16

I take a pretty laid back approach to treats around Christmas and allow them to eat a fair amount but make sure that it doesn't impact on meal times too much otherwise they go a bit loopy!

And for Christmas Lunch (we eat at about 1pm) I just put out exactly the same as everyone else, just less of it. But sprouts get a huge thumbs down every year from both the DCs, despite me putting them on the plate!

Giraffeski Wed 11-Dec-13 14:18:27

Apart from allergies we are not adapting Christmas dinner at all for DD1 (10) and Dd2 (1). They both love roast dinners and so they will just eat as usual. The only concession I might make to Dd2 is that I probably will feed her something snacky before we sit down to eat as we will likely be sitting down outside of her usual mealtimes.
DD1 will have more chocs etc but she tends to self regulate with snacky foods, eg we still have sweets in the cupboard left over from Halloween!
DD2 may have more treats etc as there will naturally be more about than usual and also I think because of her age, I would probably have been more cautious about letting her have things like Christmas cake if she was younger.

Tyranasaurus Wed 11-Dec-13 16:44:53

Are you the sort of parent who allows your children to have more foodie treats at Christmas-time or do you attempt to spread out/avoid the scoffing of selection boxes? What about offering healthy alternatives? Any tips you can share on managing this? What sort of foods have you found work well as healthy alternatives?

My kid is 1.5 so easy for me to manage. No chocolate advent calendar, occassional sweet treat if we're out and everyone is having one. If she gets any chocolate for christmas it will be spirited away and 'shared' with mummy

If you have a child aged 3 or under, how (if at all) would you adapt your Christmas dinner for them? Do you have any general food tips for Christmas with a little one?

not at all

What's your favourite memory of your DCs first Christmas meal?

an unprecedentedly long nap on xmas eve whiche nabled me to get all teh food prep done

Babycarmen Wed 11-Dec-13 19:00:37

Christmas is a time for eating what you want! We let the kids off with treats, within reason! I encourage them to eat more healthy stuff but they definitely get more treats then usual. I really dont mind when its only for one day.
my youngest is almost 2 and she will get exactly the same as us. Last year was her first proper christmas meal. She loved it! She even started pinching stuff off my plate smile

450fromPaddington Thu 12-Dec-13 07:27:02

I have got a colouring-in table cloth for my 3 who are aged 3 and under. I think I'll not adapt the dinner for them, just let them eat what they want from what's available. There'll be so much food around, they won't starve!

Geniene Thu 12-Dec-13 11:36:06

We haven't relaxed 'the rules' at all really. My LO's, 5 and 18 months, have their advent calender choclates after their breakfast, not before. But they know that so it's not a problem for them. Then Xmas day, I don't actually give them selection boxes, that sounds a bit boring, but I buy them a chocolate xmas themed treat on a stick (lolly) and Santa puts one in their stocking, then thats it really. I would rather put toys and puzzles in their stockings than fill with chocolate.
They eat a normal xmas meal full of veggies and the usual, with the family, the only thing I do relax on is sitting up the table after diner. Usually they sit until we've all finished but xmas day is way too exciting to be sat at a table, plus the adults sit for ages chatting, so they can get down and get on with playing with their new toys as soon as they've finished (or at least eaten a decent amount)
Then if anyone else has brought them treats they will probably have one or two in the afternoon.

daisydaisy11 Thu 12-Dec-13 16:11:59

My toddler is 2 years old. She could eat the same as the rest of us but we would need to hide the gravy as she absolutely loves it as well as ketchup, mango cutney -any condiments in general!

Christmas pud without the brandy for her too of course!

serendipity1980 Thu 12-Dec-13 20:18:46

We don't adapt the meal for our 4 and 5 yr olds. We don't use salt much and they just eat the same as us. They have chocolates and treats like the rest us and they do tend to know when they've had too much!

NumNumChristmasPudInMyTum Thu 12-Dec-13 22:32:26

I do allow my dd(5) to have more treats this time of year - I do, so I can't very well say that she can't. However, it's all about moderation. It helps me be a little more controlled when I think about what I am teaching her. Selection boxes etc are discouraged from relatives - I'd rather they put money into an account. If she does get any (and she usually does) then I take them and put them in a box on the top of the kitchen cupboard and I will make sure that she can't binge on them. She has a treat when we do. It can take some time to finish them all.

My dad did take on board what I said about healthy treats rather than sweets (he is the worst offender imo) but he has now switched to giving her cereal bars. Probably worse than chocolate with all the sugar and additives - but his heart's in the right place. Anything too awful finds its way into the bin - she doesn't remember.

Fortunately dd thinks that exotic fruit is a treat - so every now and then I'll bring something new and exciting home from the supermarket - recently we had persimmon and she loved that.

If you have a child aged 3 or under, how (if at all) would you adapt your Christmas dinner for them? Do you have any general food tips for Christmas with a little one?

My one year old son loves roast dinners - frankly it makes ideal finger food - the veg is in hand sized chunks and either boiled steamed or roasted and the meat is tender and you can shred it for them. I don't adapt it at all - the only thing I don't do is cover everything in gravy as the mess is bad enough and also the gravy is a bit salty for him.

The best Christmas meal memory was dd's third Christmas when she could eat it unassisted and really took part. This is ds's second Christmas but he was only 5 wks old last year so I'm looking forward to him eating with us.

AndHarry Thu 12-Dec-13 22:33:34

We have a fussy 3yo DS so I will probably be cooking pasta for his Christmas dinner hmm We also have a 1yo DD and I always cook with her in mind so she has whatever we are eating. I'm quite strict about junk food but DH is more relaxed so they'll probably both have had more chocolate than is good for them by lunchtime anyway! DD is getting baby crack (blueberries) in her stocking so hopefully that will fill up some space before she spots DS' chocolate coins...

DD was only a tiny newborn last year but my favourite memory of DS' first Christmas is a family meal at my parents' house where he munched his way through a lot of beef and looked most confused when we laughed.

SaltySeaBird Fri 13-Dec-13 07:09:42

My 15 mo will be having the same Christmas dinner as us. Including trifle for dessert. It will be messy but she will enjoy it. She has been eating pretty much the same as us since she was 6mo as we did BLW.

We've even allowed her a chocolate advent calander (brought by Grandparents). Actually if a baby food manufacturer had done a toddler advent we would have got one (think mini star shaped treats like the Organix gingerbread men which she devours). She isn't keen on the white chocolate one but likes breaking the foil and fishing out the treat. It normally gets sucked and discarded though.

NotCitrus Fri 13-Dec-13 13:51:50

Ds aged 17 months ate anything - I kept him away from most sweet stuff but being mobile he tracked down all the mince pies and Christmas cake at ILs and scoffed loads. Sadly he became a hugely fussy eater shortly after that so last 2 years he's had Yorkshire puddings for Christmas dinner.

I put no more candy in the stockings than I'm happy for the kids to eat at once - about half a packet of chocolate coins or similar - most went in the morning but they do save some. We only bring out the boxes of chocolates after the kids are in bed! We tend to have dinner, then a walk, then pudding, and a mince pie or cake later, so it's not like there's huge amounts of sweet temptation all the time for the children.

This year we have no kitchen but as ds just wants Yorkshires and dd will eat lots of any meat and not care what it is, we're having a simple meal with lots of pre-prepared bits. Toddler dd will have hers cut up more. We tend to have dinner, then a walk, then pudding, and a mince pie or cake later, so it's not like there's huge amounts of sweet temptation all the time for the children - running in the park means there's no reason to restrict their food.

CheeseTMouse Fri 13-Dec-13 15:32:35

I think my daughter will probably sleep through her first Christmas dinner! As many others have said when she is older I don't envisage adapting it.

I have grand plans about my daughter not eating sweets or chocolate until she is much older, but we will see how that lasts when reality kicks in!

PurplePidjin Fri 13-Dec-13 17:37:39

If treats are on offer i let ds 13m try a bit, but that's a general rule not specific to Christmas. He reacts to caffeine in breast milk still so won't be having chocolate for a long time yet.

He'll eat what we eat, i don't know why you'd need to adapt the food? Timings yes, he eats at 4:30 for a 6:00 bedtime. But the actual food, no. Just leave off the gravy!

gazzalw Fri 13-Dec-13 20:40:10

I don't think there's ever been an issue with our DCs and the Christmas lunch. When they were toddlers they ate loads of turkey, yorkshire puds and they eat everthing.....It's one of the few meals there were never foodie issues with!

kateandme Fri 13-Dec-13 20:49:54

i think you have to know your child and the situation surrounding them and food.some can stop some will eat choc till their sick and i like to think the parents can teach them how to manage this time of year.
treats are a must.its chrismtas.they dont do this all year round so let them go have some choc filled fun.
dont adapt meals its only start presedint for everything.its a larger version of a roast dinner at the end of the ay what could be better!!
we would only cut it smaller or more managble for the,.they love it anyways.

DS will be 23 months this Christmas and he will have a normal dinner like everyone else. He will probably have the veggie pie instead of the turkey because he doesn't really like meat though.
He will have a bit more chocolate than usual, but not much more because he isn't too keen on it, he prefers crisps and biscuits.

shoom Fri 13-Dec-13 22:52:37

Under 3yo gets everything in a traditional Christmas dinner, but avoiding chipolata sausages with bacon (due to nitrates and salt.) No extra treats, sane reason as every other day, I don't like the effect that refined sugar has on him.

Letitsnow9 Fri 13-Dec-13 22:54:08

No child under three but Christmas is the one time of year to forget sugar worries and enjoy what ever is your 'treat'

shoom Fri 13-Dec-13 22:54:29

Just to add, I avoid treating foods as treats or punishments because it sets children up as emotional eaters.

ILoveAFullFridge Sat 14-Dec-13 07:27:55

Mostly we don't do anything differently. We don't adapt the food, except that if there's something we know someone doesn't like (eg Cmas pudding) we provide an equally festive alternative. There are more treats, but they are eaten in the same way as usual: mostly as puddings.

BlackeyedShepherdswatchsheep Sat 14-Dec-13 11:13:38

given that we still have easter eggs and they have not finished the gold coins from 2 years ago and there is still chocolate in last years advent calendar...

however, he does get one jellybaby for sleeping in his room. it is followed by a crumpet or toast or hotcross bun and banana as a snack after school.

chocolate, jelly babies and computer time are his currency. (which is why chocolate is a rare treat)

CrewElla Sat 14-Dec-13 22:14:38

I don't like the way this is worded, are you the sort of parent who... It comes across as judgmental.

We do allow our son occasional treats. He's very good at eating his fruit, dairy, and grains/carbs and will often choose the fruit over a biscuit. We're not concerned about healthy alternatives as he eats quite well.

Christmas dinner will be same for him, under 3, as for the rest of the family. He'll be able to eat what he likes.

HappySunflower Mon 16-Dec-13 00:10:59

My daughter is a good eater so usually eats everything that is served up on Christmas Day.
I do allow more treats, but stick to the you need to eat x more spoonfuls before you can have pudding rule that we have every other day of the year!!

Kefybaby Mon 16-Dec-13 03:31:19

Christmas is about sharing the same meal (minus the salt for DDs) and having treats we do not have on a daily basis. A few biscuits and chocolates will be fine for us on this particular day (although I would try and limit any sweets given as presents as they offer nothing nutritionally). I look forward DD2's first Christmas and I have fond memories of DD1's first Christmas, all dressed in a little Santa costume and tucking into her roast.

DinoSnores Mon 16-Dec-13 13:46:32

I have two children in that bracket. I've done BLW from the start so other than not cooking with salt, I don't change much. Roast potatoes don't work quite so well without salt on them, but I can add some at the table.

In terms of general food tips, I think not being too worried about food over Christmas is important. It is all a bit exciting for them, food is at all the 'wrong' times, but don't fret too much about what is being eaten or not eaten. It is one day and it will all be fine!

tinypumpkin Mon 16-Dec-13 19:04:30

Another one not adapting the dinner for my LO aged under three years. She will eat the same as the rest of us.

I do struggle with the treats this time of year. Not so much on the day (not bothered about one day) but throughout Dec. I keep telling myself it evens out over the year. Choc/biscuits/cakes are just everywhere.

I can't say about memories. Christmas is always tricky as it is a family time and we don't have DD1 with us. I am feeling better in terms of engaging with it this year but it is always so bittersweet.

NettleTea Mon 16-Dec-13 19:57:24

As many have said the food would be the same, just chopped or mashed for ease the smaller they get.
I like that now we have kids we can adapt Christmas to suit ourselves and have a great excuse to stay in PJs, open presents messily and noisily in the morning, and have roast beef instead of turkey!!!

loubielou31 Mon 16-Dec-13 23:53:53

The children eat more treats on Christmas day, there's no point trying to completely stop them. If I think they've really had too much then the sweets and chocolate just get put away for a while. Out of sight is out of mind, they (and I grin) definitely eat less rubbish if it's not right there in front of them. having tasty fruit especially tangerines around does mean your more inclined to snack on that than on Mince pies.

Christmas dinner is suitable for the whole family. When DDs were very small it was just the meat and veg puree'd up.

My favourite memory is them both wearing the Christmas bib. It's a sleeved bib that looks like a santa suit. Because it's only been worn a couple of times by each child they could both wear it when they were babies. Very cute. I love the photo's of their first Christmas Dinners.

Workberk Tue 17-Dec-13 07:54:21

DS will be 1 by Christmas Day - I'm so excited about seeing him at the table eating Christmas dinner! I will ask if no salt can be added to veg but that's it. We don't eat turkey so he'll just have the veg.

I'll let him try some Christmas pud but I don't think he'll like it... I might give him his first taste of chocolate though.

LonelyShepherd Wed 18-Dec-13 09:43:26

DC are 2 and 1, so probably not too many selection boxes around - will make sure there are some healthy snacks in for them to nibble while I devour chocolate! They are allowed a bit of chocolate - and they love satsumas!

We won't give them gravy, but otherwise, they'll get the same Christmas dinner as us. DS will eat it with his fingers...

Loved seeing DD at the table with everyone, and excited that this year DS will be able to join us too.

asuwere Wed 18-Dec-13 16:31:39

We have never adapted any meals for our DC. Generally christmas dinner is just a normal sunday roast so they're used to it anyway.

I do find that there are a lot of extra treats available at christmas but that's usually just because the DC see more family at this time of year and so many of them think that the only possible thing they can give a child is chocolate. I do try to make sure they're not having too much but generally, the older DC know their limits anyway. (DD2 (1) however needs more watching as she would eat anything and everything!)

MrsRedWhite214 Thu 19-Dec-13 10:21:41

This year is our first Xmas with our baby. We won't be adapting our meal. Just mashing it up for him to enjoy too. I can imagine in the future we will let him have more treats at Christmas to help make it feel special. We don't get much chance to indulge the rest of the year so he will need something to look forward to!

Fairylea Thu 19-Dec-13 10:29:12

Ds is 18 months so he will just be having Christmas dinner like everyone else, minus the salt of course.

I will be giving him a few treats and he has a tiny milkybar egg thing from santa, mainly because his older sister will be getting one and will be confused if ds doesn't! But I do try to offer healthy snacks over Christmas too.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Dec-13 11:05:05

Thanks for all the comments: am pleased to say WowOoo wins the £50 Love2Shop voucher. Well done!

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