Dr Frankie Phillips, Nutrition Advisor to Organix shares her top tips for introducing your weaning baby to new tastes:
- Don’t give up with new foods – try, try try again. It can take between 10 and 15 attempts before a baby learns to like a new taste.
- Sit and eat with your baby and let them share from your plate – mealtimes are all about being sociable, sharing good food and talking about it.
- Have fun and play with food and encourage your baby to experiment – to mash, lick, squash and squeeze, to examine, to play, to try and to taste their food and its flavours.
- Offer two courses – a savoury one followed by a sweet one, it helps introduce a range of tastes, and provides variety and interest for your little one.
- Let baby enjoy the real taste of vegetables – don’t mask challenging tastes with easier ones, let your baby enjoy the real taste of veggies without the sweetness of fruit, or they may find them difficult to accept later on. For example, don’t mix broccoli with apple purée.
- Provide choice by offering lots of different tastes, textures, shapes and colours.
- Babies like flavour – so don’t be afraid to add some herbs and spices.
- Every baby is different – give them the freedom to explore and to go at their own pace.
To help inspire parents Organix’ children’s food expert Lucy Thomas has lots of simple, fun activities to help introduce new taste sensations to babies. Here you can see how vlogger Charlie O’Brien put some of them to the test with her son Noah https://www.youtube.com/user/Organixfood
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Weaning is an exciting time for everyone so for lots more weaning advice, weaning foods from Organix, weaning recipes – from purées to finger foods – and to download your free copy of the Organix Little Book of Weaning please visit www.organix.com
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