TIPS AND TRICKS IN INTRODUCING SOLID FOODS FOR YOUR BABY
You can never start too early:
The first months of a baby’s life are the most important. There are studies that show that your core preferences are shaped before the age of three. If children are not exposed to a variety of fruits, vegetables and nutrients, the likelihood that they will eat fruits and vegetables past the age of seven dramatically decreases. It is important to give them a wide variety of fresh tasting healthy foods early on so they can learn the taste, texture and flavor of fruits and vegetables and include them in their diets as they get older.
If you can’t make homemade baby food, the best option is using Amara as our technique minimally alters the taste, textures and nutrients of the original fruits and vegetables. This makes it easier for the babies to recognize what real fruits and vegetables taste like (not masked by sugary pouches) and helps them develop a disposition to whole, healthy ingredient choices as they grow older.
Remember that preferences come from experience. It is easy for babies to like the sweetness of fruits, there are few that don’t like the sweet tastes. Now, the savory taste of vegetables might be a little more difficult to introduce but remember that it can take 3 to 6 tries for your baby to learn to like a new flavor. Our nutritionist recommends introducing new flavors three to four times before you give up. If you are having a hard time with introducing the new flavors, remember that flavors can come through breast milk as well. Research has shown that if a mom eats a certain vegetable, the baby can learn to recognize that flavor and is more likely to eat that flavor later on. If you are not breastfeeding, consider mixing in Amara to your formula so you can slowly start introducing new flavors.
Try, Try, and Try Again.
The key is to not give up after the first attempt at introducing your baby to solid foods. Try to help your baby trust the new tastes by showing them that you are eating it to. If your baby has older siblings, try to get them to feed your baby so that the baby can learn to trust the new flavors. Remember, it will take a few tries but by starting early, you will have a healthy toddler that loves fruits and vegetables.
Introducing your baby to solid foods is a journey, it will take several tries before your baby likes all the new flavors. The importance is to slowly start to introduce your baby to a large variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and protein. Amara Organic Foods offers an introduction to solids that includes both fruits, vegetables and root vegetables to kick start your baby’s first step to solid foods.