My son, Eamon didn't take to broccoli the way his veggie loving sister did, so eventually I mixed broccoli puree with apple sauce. Magic! His love for apple outweighed his dislike of broccoli and allowed me to gradually reduce the apple until he was eating pure broccoli. Today, I can happily say broccoli is his No. 1 favorite veggie.
There is a lesson to be learned here. Tenacity pays, sure! But even more importantly, in the battle between Mom and Baby's palate, my tips will lay the winning foundation for raising a non-picky eater.
Like my example above, blending tastes and textures is a must when introducing Baby to solids. My top Baby Gourmet seller is the Juicy Pear and Garden Greens combo because it is a compromise between moms getting healthy greens (spinach and broccoli) in their babies and the sweetness of pear babies love. Win-win!
Don't take the easy way out by feeding your little one the same food over and over again because she likes it. Try introducing one new flavor a week. Then depending on their reaction, blend the flavor with current favorites (see above).
I love culturally diverse foods, and adding seasonings such as garlic, ginger, oregano, cinnamon and nutmeg are fine. In fact offering a variety of tastes and seasonings as your baby is starting solids can possibly help reduce picky eating down the road. Just avoid added sugars, salt, colorings and preservatives.
If your baby is growing and is healthy then you can relax from time to time and let him tell you when he is finished eating. We don't enforce the old-school thought of finishing every last morsel on the plate, like my parents did. Instead, seeing how much my children typically eat allows me to gauge portion size better and waste less food.
Feed babies at the same time as adults. It’s always a good idea to start family meal times as soon as possible. When your baby is starting solids, they can eat breakfast with you! As they progress through adding additional meals and snacks in their first year, they will have the same eating pattern as the adults in the family.
Sitting and eating with your children takes all of the pressure off of them to eat (as you are eating your own food, not concentrating solely on baby eating his!). Eating with your baby also teaches your baby skills and serves as a good role model by eating a variety of foods yourself. As someone who has built a business around feeding babies and mothered two of her own, I hope my tips have taken some of the child-rearing stress off your plate (pun intended). At the very least, you are now freed up to worry about potty training!
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