When your baby is six months old, or sometimes before that, it’s time to introduce solid foods into his diet along with the milk he is already ingesting. During this stage, you’ll have to decide what to offer to your child. Maybe he’ll easily accept some of those foods, while he will reject others several times.
First of all, you need to make sure that your baby is not rejecting solids because he isn’t ready yet. Remember that some indicators that your little one is ready for weaning are that he can sit without support, controls his head, opens his mouth, and leans forward when food is offered. If you have doubts about your baby’s readiness for solid introduction, we recommend asking your pediatrician.
Now, if your baby is rejecting a food in particular, don’t worry. The fact that he didn’t accept it the first time doesn’t mean that he won’t want to eat it ever again. Sometimes you’ll need to offer something 10-15 times before your baby eats it and enjoys it! You can try offering this food on different days and in different presentations so that your little one doesn’t get annoyed by insisting on just one day. It’s very important to be patient during this stage.
When introducing a new food, we recommend that you pick a time when you and your baby are calm and are not in a rush to do something else afterward. At first, your little one will be satisfied with just a few spoonfuls, so don’t worry about the amount. Remember that on this stage, your baby should keep drinking milk so that both types of food allow him to grow in a healthy way.
Here is some advice to help your baby try new kinds of foods:
- Be a role model: If you want your baby to start eating in a healthy way, do it too! Have at home the foods you want to introduce so that he can familiarize himself with them. Also, while he watches you, eat the food you want him to eat to encourage him to do so.
- Avoid showing pickiness yourself: Children learn by imitation. That’s why it’s very likely that your baby will reject the same foods you refuse to eat.
- Offer variety: Give your baby different kinds of healthy foods (along with some that he already likes).
- Frequently offer the foods he has rejected: Remember that babies need to try a food up to 15 times before accepting it!
- Have the food ready: If your baby is very active, maybe that’s why he is picky while eating. To make the process a lot smoother, have his plate of food ready before you sit him down. This will keep him from getting desperate.
- Have short meals: If your baby is very active, he might not like to sit down for too long. Try to make meals last around 10 minutes.
- Be patient: Remember that your little one is getting used to the world around him and it will take some time for him to get used to this new experience.
- Consult with an expert: If you have any concerns, always consult with your pediatrician. They will guide you through this process.
These tips will help you introduce new foods to your baby’s diet so that he can start eating solids. As he grows, there will be other occasions in which he will reject other foods. If your little one is older than one, read this article to know more.