Sometimes the simplest things make life so much easier.
Isabella hates, hates, hates having her face and hands wiped. But after one of her meals she needs it so that she doesn’t leave food smears everywhere. It’s a battle I absolutely hate fighting with her as she wails and screams and thrashes and I try to hold her down and swipe at her face with a damp cloth. And I inevitably miss something because she’s thrashing so much I can’t see what she’s doing.
But today I realized that if I make it a game she’s more than happy to have me wipe her off. So I wipe mama’s nose and then Bella’s nose, mama’s cheek and then Bella’s cheek, mama’s forehead and then Bella’s forehead. I’ve already been playing the game of pointing to my nose and then her nose, calling them by name. She loves hearing me say the names of the parts of her face and she loves being like me. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner. It’s going to make mealtime so much easier.
I also discovered that she doesn’t mind being spoon fed quite so much if she has a bread crust in her hand and gnaws on it between spoonfuls and if I give her a bite of a different food with every spoon. So first a bite of chicken, then cereal, then vegetables. Lunch became much less of a battle once I figured out that trick!