Your baby doesn't like that avocado you gave him...now what?!
Posted on 06 August 2012
There's no doubt about it. Most babies are picky eaters. It's not easy transitioning your little one from rice cereal and formula to baby food. It's even more difficult once you start to introduce solids, like chicken and fruit, into their diet. Luckily, you don't have to make it a frustrating process for you or your infant.
By following the tips below from Parenting.com, you'll have your little bundle of joy eating nutritious food before you know it:
1) Time those first bites just right
Karen Ansel, a registered dietitian for the American Diabetic Association and author, told the website that the best time to try feeding little Junior that leftover hamburger is when he's "feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed - in the morning or right after a nap."
In addition, turn off all electronics including the television and cell phone. Make sure his siblings aren't running around all over the place as this can be a distraction.
2) Include variety, variety, variety
Your baby may not like those pears, but that doesn't mean that he won't enjoy those peaches. The trick when feeding your little one solid foods is to provide plenty of variety. Doctors say that giving your infant the same food over and over again will teach him or her to be a finicky eater.
3) If at first you don't succeed, try and try again
Sure, your baby is bound to dislike some of the meals you give him or her, but that doesn't mean you should totally give up. According to the website, studies show that it can take up to 15 attempts before a child will begin to eat the new food.
"If you can get your child to try something six to 10 times, you have a very high likelihood of forming a preference for that food," says author Dr. Alan Greene, according to the source.
Of course, if you notice that your child is really not taking to solid cuisine, you should speak with your baby's doctor. He or she can give you information on how to give your little picky one the nutrition he or she needs.