DEVELOPING HEALTHY EATING HABITS
1. The simpler, the better
Start with simple flavors, consisting of one product. This way you will quickly see the reaction of your child, rather than guessing which of the five ingredients caused an allergy.
2. Be patient
It can take up to ten tries before your baby enjoys a new taste or texture. It is important to try again and again.
3. Everything tastes better when we are hungry
Introduce new products at the beginning of the meal, when your baby is very hungry. Introduce one new taste per meal, and have something that your child does love ready, just in case the new taste doesn’t go so well.
4. Sleep on it
Choose the first half of the day to explore a new taste. Should your baby develop an allergic reaction, you'll be able to respond to it in a timely manner.
5. Be careful.
Stay neutral in relation to the products that you personally don’t like. Your baby feels everything, remembers your reactions and reproduces them. If a child refuses food, it doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t like it.
6. Limit salt and sugar.
Your baby is now learning to understand and recognize true tastes. Salt and sugar are amplifiers, and it’s much better to do without them, at least during the first year of life. Besides, salt has a negative impact on the work of the kidneys.
7. Create the rules
Rules and predictability are important for a baby. They help them feel safe. You’ll make their life easier if they know what to expect from the meal.
8. Interact with your baby
Describe food to your child - taste, texture, color and smell. Tell them stories about the food you are introducing.
9. Don’t forget to smile. Have fun!
Let the meal become a real pleasure for your baby. Even if your child refuses to eat, remember that at this stage your child still gets all the required nutrients from breast milk or formula.
You are the food guru for your child. If you value healthy, well-balanced and fresh food, your child will follow you. It's really easy to develop the habit of healthy eating!
where we don’t feel bored
from the first minute.