Do you remember the first time you fed your little one solids?

Mealtime is a pretty big occasion for parents and baby.

I remember that special moment like it was yesterday! My husband and I captured this milestone on video for both my kids (something I watch often). Kitana and Kiaan really enjoyed their first meal but after that… mealtime went downhill.

Kitana was such a fussy baby; feeding time was always a struggle with her especially since she had a milk allergy and lacked iron.

The pediatrician advised us to put Kiaan on a vitamin for iron too since Kitana had this problem and it’s something that many of my family members on my mom’s side struggle with.

Nestlé recently introduced an iron calculator which helps you calculate if your little one is getting enough iron in their current diet.


Did you know that your baby needs over 5 times more IRON than you?

Nestlé Start Strong Stay Strong is a growing infant nutrition brand in South Africa and renowned globally. It provides support and advice to parents about the first 1000 days of a baby’s life – from conception to their 2nd birthday. You can find value information and awesome recipes on their website –

My son Kiaan needs loads of entertainment during mealtime. My mom always teases that we need to start paying people to entertain him.

For moms, a lot of effort goes into all aspects of mothering, from helping baby reach developmental milestones, to getting that one spoon into baby’s stomach. Mom and Dad will do whatever it takes – coaxing and role-playing, with most of the food going everywhere but the desired target.


Trying to feed Kiaan while he gets distracted by the million things around him (is this a boy thing?) is like climbing mount Everest! I’m climbing up the mountain slowly but I feel like I’m not getting anywhere!

That’s why Nestlé makes sure a lot goes into each portion of their cereals that Mom eventually manages to feed into baby’s mouth.

Nestlé CERELAC® baby cereal with milk tastes yummy (I tried it too) and are so easy to make – perfect for those hectic mornings. All Nestlé CERELAC® products already contain milk, so just add water to provide a delicious meal for your baby from 6 months onwards.

Whether your baby is on breast milk, a hypoallergenic or lactose-free formula, Nestlé NESTUM® is the appropriate choice as any baby milk* can be added. Nestlé NESTUM® baby cereals are available in 3 stages, to make it easy for you to choose the most appropriate meal for your little one.

Mealtime is lots more fun when there are loads of textures and flavors involved!

Have you ever considered recording yourself on video to see the weird things you do and say to get your little one to eat?

Maybe this is a video you can relate to… I know, I can. It made me chuckle a bit and reminded me of those special moments with Kitana and Kiaan.

5 things Moms do to get their babies to eat:

1. Weird sounds

I know the common one is:

“Here’s come the choo-choo train”. Choooo-Choooo

2. Silly dances

Did you ever put on Trace… flap your arms, roll your head and let your hair go crazy? Haha, Guilty! My son enjoyed the show AND finished all his cereal. 😉

3. Peek-ka-boo

Where’s the baby? Here’s the baby!


4. Funny faces

I’m sure you did the monkey face more than once!

5. Singing

Incy Wincy spider climbing up the spout…
Down came the rain and washed the spider out…
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain….
And Incy Wincy spider climbed up the spout again….

Repeat x 5


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1. Upload a video or picture of yourself feeding your baby showing the effort that goes into feeding baby on your social media page (Instagram/ Twitter or Facebook) AND Tag me @youbabyandi OR upload the picture/video directly on my Facebook page. Please use the hashtag #MoreThanJustAMeal #youbabyandi

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