This is just a quick post to recount a conversation I had with my 3-year-old at the weekend.
We have been following our allergy doctors’ advice to use trips to the supermarket as an opportunity to gently introduce the topic of nut allergies to D. So, when we’re shopping, I will pick up (for example) a loaf of bread and say something along the lines of “I’m just checking the ingredients list to make sure there are no nuts in the bread … because nuts would make you poorly … oh good this one doesn’t contain nuts … so we can put it in the trolley”. We’re now at the point where D will say to me, as I’m reaching for an item, “Check ingredients! No nuts!”.
He will also point at coconuts on display and say “Can’t eat them! They’re nuts! Make you poorly!”. (I have decided, for now, not to get into a discussion about the relationship between coconut and nuts and how D appears to be fine with eating it!).
So far, so good. However, he’s also at a stage where he will say things to me to test my reaction. Such as “I BASH Bailey?” (our dog). If I reply “no, don’t bash Bailey”, this is met with a devilish grin.
On Saturday, we had been to the park and had stopped off at a pub on the way home (The Egerton Arms, Chelford). D had been listening intently to my conversation with the waitress and manager about whether they could cater for someone with a nut allergy (they could).
Half way into eating his tomato pasta, he turned to me and said “Don’t like pasta. Want to eat NUTS”. I think my face froze in some kind of clenched teeth smile. D seized the moment to tell me again “Mummy, I want to eat NUTS! I want to eat them!”.
I replied “No you don’t, they’ll make you poorly”. Cue the grin. He’d got me again.
A health visitor once told me that if your toddler is saying or doing something you don’t like, your best bet is to “ignore, ignore, ignore” and eventually they’ll stop. I think that’s the tactic we’ll be adopting here.
If anyone else has been through this and has any top tips on how to deal with it, do post a comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts!