Babies learn many skills in the first year of his life. As a mom, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching your little one discover the pleasures of taking different kinds of food. But how do you cultivate your baby who prefers to french fries and doesn’t turn his nose up at vegetables? The perfect answer is “Start now.” Your duty as a mom is to provide a healthy life to your baby, and you also have the ability to teach your toddler to recognize and enjoy a healthy amount of good foods. Your lesson should involve developing a taste for new flavors and textures and building the kinds of skills needed to become a daring diner, not like a finicky one. These following tips can help your baby to become confident and comfortable around all kinds of foods.
- Calculated meal time – To reach your goal, you should try not to let your child go too long without taking a meal. If your baby goes too long between the meals, he may tend to eat less though he is over hungry. So you have to structure the meal time appropriately. Two hours is a perfect time frame to schedule a daily meal time. So you should give him a meal in every two hours. You can be in charge of this time frame together with offering new food. By teaching your children a structuring meal time is the way that works around your house, and he can feel some internal consequences when waiting to eat food next time. If you can keep an eye on the time day in and day out with consistency, you can usually make mealtime a little more fun.
- Try again and again: Studies say that about seven out of ten moms usually throw in the towel after their toddler refuses a new food six or fewer times. But research shows it can take up to 15 tries before your baby takes a new food. Dr. Greene says “If you can get your child to try new food six to 10 times, you have a very high possibility of forming a preference for that food,”. As an example, he cites one study in which researchers asked mothers to give their babies the vegetable purée that they hated. “A little after ten days, most of them loved that food they hated,” says Dr. Greene.
- Provide what baby likes – Baby care is one of the most struggling work. But you can follow some effective strategy that can reduce the rate of struggles and battles. You can put several nutritious choices of foods such as few pieces of apple, few grapes or raisins, some cheese or carrot sticks in front of your baby.
- Presentation, another important key – When presenting food to your finicky eater, don’t just plop it on a plate that you regularly use. Try to make the food exciting. It will help you to capture your baby’s imagination then you have won the battle of feeding your child. Frequently changing the presentation style can bring a positive result to baby care. So in the next time, you serve food to your child why not get a larger plate than need and take a picture out of the food? Then just create a food smiley face that your baby may love.
- Focus only on feeding – Anything that could catch your baby’s attention out of food, that can be a matter of trouble when feeding. But if your toddler is only focused on the food set behind him then it will be positive enough to feed him easily. So keep all kinds of toys far away, turn off the television or other multimedia device and move your pets to another room.
- Serve vegetables or fruit every meal-time – Though you will not be able to do it regularly but do not give up trying. Set this goal so that your child will be guaranteed regular exposure to fruits and vegetables.
- Don’t follow a rut – Do you want to have a baby who will eat one brand of bread or one type of chocolate? Surely you won’t like it. So from the beginning of start solid, mix up different brands, sizes, varieties, shapes, and flavors of the foods that you serve. For example, instead of serving only white rice, serve brown, red, black, fried, steamed rice. You also can serve rice mixed with vegetables. It will help your baby to build a nature of taking different kinds of food.
- Commend your baby – Baby’s are highly attentive to your activities. On the other hand, they also like smile and praise like the adults.So when you are trying to provide a new food to your baby, arm yourself with a big grin and commend your little one for his efforts.
- Be a role model – Survey shows that when it comes to encouraging your child to eat something, you have to do it first. So what if you are a finicky eater? Never call attention to it. Laura Bonte, a mom in Texas, USA says”If you do not like cooked vegetables, serve salad. Or you can offer colorful pepper slices with hummus or guacamole. Dip cherry tomatoes in low-fat ranch dressing, then slice baby off a little bite. Your baby will see you eating vegetables happily which may encourage him to follow you.” So before providing a new food, work on your eating habit. Thus you will be a supermodel to your baby.
- Try to involve your child – Babies are always eager to take part with their parents. If you environ your child with your daily activities, it can be a matter of fun to your little one. So involve him to buying goods from the super market, making food in the kitchen, setting the eating table, etc. In the end, your baby may try the food spontaneously.
However, You can try these range of tricks to get your little one eating better. The advice listed above is suitable for weened baby’s right through to teething toddlers. Baby care can be enjoyable work too, especially if you can follow these way. Happy parenting!