Babies, once they are no longer breastfed, develop their own taste in food; this is something that creates a safety, which is threatened when you try to introduce other products that they don’t know into their diet. In particular, vegetables and meat are the foods that are most likely to be rejected, but they must eat varied, which you will have to make some adjustments so that babies’ diet contemplates all kinds of foods beneficial to their health.
Vegetables - Meat - Milk
But it is not as simple as it seems; however much we want our babies to have a balanced diet, there will be food that they will reject again and again, and forcing them to eat what they don’t want is not the solution; we will have to look for substitutes
Vegetables are probably one of the foods that most babies hate. And it is not for taste, it is often for texture; therefore, a puree, much easier to eat, can take away a problem.It is not bad to present the dish (puree or otherwise prepared) in a fun way, adapted to other baby's preferences (a dish-container of their favorite drawings, some props that accompany the dish at lunchtime, etc. .). If they still don’t want to eat vegetables, nothing happens: there are other foods with the same contribution of vitamins, such as fruit, meat or fish that if they are to their taste they will solve the problem.
With meat the main problem is the same as with vegetables: in general, meat is more difficult to chew, so that, in order to avoid rejection of this food, the ideal is to introduce it in its more "soft" version; York ham, minced meat or hamburgers appear as the best choices. But, if in spite of everything, they don’t want to know anything about the meat, we can always try to give them cheese, cereals or legumes that fulfill the same nutritional functions.
Milk may present a different objection: accustomed to the breast, babies may not tolerate milk from another source. But it is a very important food for its growth, because of the calcium it provides, so you will have to choose to give them yogurt or cheese to not lose that benefit. If these last two don’t work, they can eat nuts (almonds), fish (for example squid) or newly legumes.
It's time to create habits
For babies to eat everything and varied, it is best to practice what we preach, creating some habits that will undoubtedly help us:
. It is basic that parents eat varied to facilitate that they imitate them
. Accustoming babies to eating fruit, vegetables, etc. as soon as possible, as long as they can eat solid
. Make family meals; almost more important than having a fixed meal schedule. If they see that everyone eats the same, it will be easier for them to adapt to new foods
. It does not hurt to offer small rewards when they are able to eat what they don’t like or try something new. Of course, neither award them the food they like, nor offer them any kind of disproportionate reward
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