Step 5: Making mealtimes more enjoyable

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Get children involved? By simply placing the dinner in the center of the table and allowing an older child to serve themselves or a younger child decide how much they want can really make meal times more enjoyable. They might even try new foods they previously rejected. In our house

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Step 4: Making Mealtimes more Enjoyable

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The Art of Distraction When your child is losing interest in feeding time and wants to get down off her seat, redirect her attention.Engage with your child at the table. If you consistently make the table a calm and nurturing place, she will want to be there. Sometimes a simple

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Lentil Ragú

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If you are like me and Bolognese makes a regular appearance in your house this is a really nice vegetarian alternative and most importantly the kids liked it! Don’t try and fool them into thinking it is their regular Bolognese instead tell them it’s something new and they will be

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Step 3: Making Meal Times more Enjoyable

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Allow Toys It is against a child’s nature to have to sit still for any length of time. By allowing him to have something that makes him feel more comfortable at mealtimes will make the experience enjoyable for everyone. You can let your child play with spoons, trains, teddy-bear –

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Creating a Story Book with

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I started reading to my girls from a very early age, it still is a big part of their sleep routine and it really helps them relax after their day. I love this time with them and you have no distractions after a busy day. I made the story with

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Chilli Con Carne for the Family

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The fact that the word Chilli is in the name puts many people off when they think about cooking this for their kids. You can make this recipe as spicy as you like by simply adding the required chilli’s (or more) or just leave them out. I would advice adding

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Step 2 in Making Mealtimes more Enjoyable

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Dinner is Up! Sometimes children are deep in play when called for their dinner. I would advise gently moving them away from what they are doing by perhaps singing a song or taking them to the kitchen to show them what you have prepared. If your child is watching Television

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Pancakes with the kids!

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We have a Saturday ritual in our house and it’s cooking pancakes together. We use a very simple recipe and always make small round shapes so there is not much difficulty in flipping them over. We usualy add a mixture of berries, yogurt and syrup but we have on occasion

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Valentine’s Cookies

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We decided to depart from our usual healthy cooking and make some Valentines Cookies as a Valentines gift for the girls teachers……and boyfriends! My 3 year old Jessica decided she had two boyfriends so we made cookies for both!  Make sure to leave a good gap between each cookie or

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Purée

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This is a lovely simple recipe that allows you to cook the butternut squash without having to peel it! Squash is a wonderful first food for your baby and is high in Vitamins and calcium. You can serve this as a finger food by chopping into bite size pieces or

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  • about siobhan

    mummycooks is run by Siobhan Berry a Mum with a passion for nutritious, home cooked food, it is Ireland’s first cookery school devoted to offering expert advice to help parents through the weaning stages.
  • Testimonals

    Thank you!! I loved attending all the mummycooks classes and learned so many fresh nutritious meals for the kids without having to spend hours in the kitchen. I really enjoyed your recipes and most importantly my kids loved it. Also it’s a chance to chat to other mums and share experiences. Your knowledge is so extensive, it’s much more than a cookery class… Thank you so much for all the creative ideas and tips!


    I attended the toddlertastic class last week.  Held in Siobhan’s lovely kitchen we had a great chat about our toddlers and their eating habits followed by a cooking demo of some really easy and very tasty meal ideas for our toddlers. Following the class it was nice to know that there are other families out there with fussy eaters but I also came away feeling that my toddlers diet was not to bad after the nutritional info Siobhan provided us!  Siobhan gave us some great ideas to curb those fussy toddler eating habits. I would not hesitate recommending the class to other mums.

    Michelle Jan 2014

    Nicola Attended a Private class:  I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thanks again for the morning you spent with my son and I. Since then I have had the confidence to realise that if he refuses a food he will not starve and not to offer him alternatives. He is now eating everything and all the same meals as the rest of the family.

    Thanks Nicola

    Nicola Burns Kirley

    I always knew I wanted to give my son home cooked food where possible but as I’m rubbish in the kitchen I didn’t know where to start! Mummycooks was the perfect solution. Siobhan was great in guiding us from early weaning to finger food with lots of advice and chat in between.  There was so much variety in the food cooked every week and the whole process was made far less daunting. My son now eats food that I never would have cooked (or bought) previously and Mummycooks has even had a positive effect on my cooking for the grown ups too.

    Emma Curran

    All I can say is Thank God I met Siobhan, lets just say she took the weight off my shoulders!
    My youngest little boy was born with reflux and is lactose intolerant. In Siobhan’s class, I learned how to cook wonderful dishes and she helped me enormously with vital information regarding his food intolerance. Her class was great fun and I got to meet other Mums and their babies.
    And, even better still!   Since I have returned to work she has been able to cook food for Joe (the baby) and Billy (age 2) for me to bring home and put in the freezer.
    It’s reassuring for me to know that my two boys are eating healthily everyday.

    Eithne Wall, Ranelagh

    My son and I really enjoyed our classes with Siobhan. We learned so much more than what/how to cook such a the benefits of the foods and tips on helping your baby enjoy eating. I really loved the format of the class as it was very interactive. I learned so much more than I expected to and enjoyed every minute. I have been telling friends about it ever since-well worth going to!

    The very best of luck with the business-I am certain we will be hearing allot more about it in the future. It is great!

    Best wishes

    As a first timer mother, the whole weaning process terrified me, Siobhan demystified the whole process, providing invaluable advice, guidance and support, as a result I have a little girl that is thriving and quite an adventures little eater.  The course takes place in a warm friendly environment, the food is both nutritious and delicious, and the recipes can be adapted so they can be used by the whole family. The mummycooks course is also great value, I would highly recommend it.

    Siobhan Butler, Dublin

    Mummycooks, for me was both educational and entertaining at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Siobhan is warm and welcoming and full of up to date useful information on baby weaning. She creates a relaxing environment and cooks throughout the class. The food she makes is, delicious and i found the meals were suitable for the whole family as well as for my baby. I found the course a great help towards feeding my little girl Rachel and the food we brought home was always gobbled up enthusiastically. She also helped me address eating difficulties with my 3yr old and we are slowly making progress.
    For anyone thinking of doing this course, id recommend it highly, for the delicious food, useful information and social outlet it provides. She even takes food orders which is brilliant in a busy house.
    Thankyou Siobhan!

    Rowena Carr (Churchtown)

    Thanks Siobhan for running a great course. I found it informative, a nice way to meet other mums and the food was yum! As a busy mother of twins I was looking for recipes that were easy and healthy as well as trying to prevent having two fussy babies.I particularly liked that we used fruit and veg that was in season as well as some unusual types that I would never have thought to have tried. The twins are thriving and I’m still ordering food from Siobhan to keep in the freezer , very handy!

    Emily Megihan, Cowper Road

    Where were you 5 years ago???,
    After having my third child my excitement with weaning was filled with fear and dread I would of kept the baby on bottles indefinitely to try and avoid it, then Mummy Cooks entered my life and bingo I now have the confidence to not only wean well but i have the tools to deal with my other 2 fussy eaters. The joy of having a child gobble up all that is in front of them is one of the best feelings in the world and I owe it all to Mummycooks!!, Well done keep up the good work.

    Andrea Elson, Stillorgan

    Caoimhe and I really enjoyed mummycooks and thanks for running the course. For the first 2 months of the weaning process my daughter Caoimhe would only eat yoghurts.  Since starting the course Caoimhe and I have become more adventurous with different foods. Caoimhe’s new favorite foods are cod bake and hummus. Mummycooks also gave me the confidence to start finger foods and gave lots of different tips and ideas of what to give. I really enjoyed meeting other mums and found mummycooks a great class to attend.
    Thanks again


    Sinead Hendricken