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28 Apr '17

How to introduce new food on your baby's diet.

Posted by Sandra Sosa
On a previous post we talked about how important is for your baby to receive only milk (ideally breastfeeding) and no other food during the first 6 months of life (complete information here), being the time after the 6th month the ideal time to introduce new food on your baby's diet, but even when you could be so excited about this new stage on your baby's development, perhaps she/he is not so enthusiast about it and introduce new food could be challenge.

In order to avoid unnecessary stress and render the process pleasant for both of you, here you'll find some tips to introduce new food on your baby's diet. It will take a little long to create a complete "new menu", thus patience is the key!

1. One step at a time

To be able to receive new food other than milk after the 6th month does not mean the baby is ready to assume it, thus avoid to overwhelm your little one with tons of new food each day; instead try something different each two or three days.

2. Don't forget about the milk

Until now the only food your baby knows about is milk (hopefully) and there's no reason to exclude it from daily diet to give new foods priority; in fact, at the very beginning aliments other than milk are just complimentary and must gain importance progressively.

Introducing new food on your baby's menu could be a real challenge3. Little bites first

Be realistic, your baby won't eat a whole banana or a full soup plate first time he/she tries it! That doesn't mean it's not tasty, in fact there's no problem neither with the food nor the baby; it's just a natural behaviour.

All of us try a tiny bite when first eat a new food and your baby is not different. Give your little one time to get familiar with new tastes, textures and flavors very gently. One or two bites could be enough not only the first time but the second and even the third! Once a new food becomes familiar for your little treasure, the baby will eat more and more spontaneously.

4. Don't get nervous, your baby won't starve

Obviously when your baby accepts a new food and ask for it you will feel great. On the other hand, when new aliments are not accepted easily you probably will get nervous and concerned. First time is not a major issues but if the situation repeats many times, you could be tempted to offer your baby foods you know he/she likes, avoiding those rejected previously. Big Mistake!

Your kid won't starve if a couple of times only tastes a few bites of a new aliment; don't force the situation, next time it will be better; but the most important, don't give priority to foods you know the baby likes avoiding the inclusion of "problematic" foods; otherwise you will be denying the opportunity to learn and accept new foods. Each one takes its time, just be patient.

5. Show with the example

If you reject certain foods, your kids will probably do the same; hence if you wish to introduce a new aliment not only on your baby's menu but also on your little kids, eat it yourself!

Share foods with your kids and taste new foods all together; it will be an enriching experience not only as a family but also for youngers nutritional development.

Finally, if you find too many troubles, or your kids have certain physical reactions towards certain food, don't hesitate to ask your pediatrician; after all medical advice might be required on certain, uncommon situations. Fortunately the solution tend to be easy and fast.

Now, it's time to taste a whole new world of flavor and tastes with your little ones! Let's Do It!

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