Introducing Fruits & Veggies
New veggies? No problem. Getting your baby to eat new foods.
As long as your baby is nursing or bottle-feeding, it's pretty easy to make sure she's getting the nutrition she needs. But eventually it's time to start introducing solids, and sometimes that's when things get tricky (and strained peas end up on your ceiling).
There are three key things you can do to help ease the transition:
- Are you nursing? Load up on fruits and veggies. A recent study has shown that nursing babies will eat more of the foods their mothers eat. If you enjoy plenty of produce in your daily diet, those diverse flavors will eventually reach your baby through your breast milk -- making her more predisposed to enjoy the real thing when it's time.
- No success the first time? Try, try again. Babies are notoriously fickle. If your little one turns up her nose the first time she tries green beans, don't throw in the towel. Keep trying. And if she rejects them a second time, try again. In fact, you might have to try every day for a week or two. Green veggies have a uniquely bitter taste that takes some babies longer to get used to.. And the only way to get her used to it is to keep on trying. You can also serve green veggies with another fruit or veggie, alternating bites of each.
- Seeing the "Oh, yuck!" face? Press on. No, you don't want to force-feed your baby. But that wrinkled-nose, stuck-out-tongue face she's making doesn't necessarily mean "yuck." It's actually a typical reaction to ANY new flavor, and she'll probably keep on eating if you keep on feeding. The bottom line: The "yuck!" face doesn't always mean what you think it means.