Try as you may, some babies can be little fusspots. Here's how to introduce your little one to new tastes with minimum stress...
Dr. Emma Williams, Nutritionist says: So, if you’re worried about having a fussy eater some of the tips would be to make sure that your baby is eating with the rest of the family or possibly around other children. Because babies learn what they see from others, so if there see other people eating the food then they’re more likely to have an interest in food in well. I think the important thing is to praise them and encourage and offer them a variety of foods – things like finger foods. Then they know that they are in control and can eat the foods that they want to.
Mum 1: I think throughout the large part of stage three weaning he’s been quite fussy. I’ve been really quite persistent, which has involved a lot of patience, in trying to get some food and some energy inside him. I try and give Ben as balanced diet as I can do and I look at a period of a week to try and make sure I get a good variety of different meats in him, different fish and lots of different kinds of fruit and veg as well as carbs and fibres – just generally a really balanced diet.
Nicola Joseph, Health Visitor says: With fussy eating, if you have a baby who is under eating, they are generally not a fussy eater. They are at that age when they are finding their feet and getting used to different tastes and textures, so it’s basically an introduction to the journey of food and yes there will be days when there are things that they do like and don’t like and I think that comes from the fact that you have to introduce a food several amount of times before a baby likes a taste of it.
Marilyn, Baby Feeding Advisor says: If there’s a particular food that you don’t like, don’t automatically think that baby won’t like it. And so, it is important to prepare it for him and if he doesn’t accept it first time don’t think ‘oh he’s like mum, doesn’t like it’, just keep on trying because he will accept it eventually, particularly between the age of six and twelve months. That’s the point – between six and twelve months – that you need to introduce him to as many tastes, flavours and textures and colours as possible.