Toddlers get bored with the usual menu. Moreover, the calories obtained from breast milk or formula milk is no longer sufficient to meet the energy demands of these tiny tots. Introducing new foods to your baby in his or her early years is much easier than trying later on. Nevertheless, if you haven’t introduced new foods so far, it’s alright. It’s never too late to begin.
Let’s find out some ways to introduce new health foods to toddlers. Remember:
- Try introducing only one new food item every week. Don’t overdo it.
- Introduce one food item and then check for allergic reactions.
- Give your child time to look at the food, touch it and examine it for as long as he or she likes. Don’t hurry them.
- Depending on your child’s motor skill development, he or she may want to hold a spoon. Allow them to do so and let them feed on their own. It may be a messy affair; however, it will encourage your child to try new items.
- Don’t pressurize your toddler to taste or eat anything. This will cause the little one to dislike food-tasting sessions.
- Do not introduce new stuff when your baby is extremely hungry, cranky or ill.
You may get all kinds of advice from family and friends, regarding the best time to introduce new foods to toddlers. However, it is best to consult your pediatrician before doing anything. Moreover, be patient and persistent. Don’t be quick to assume that if your child has rejected most of these foods, he or she will be a picky eater. Let your child take his or her time to develop an interest in these new foods. All the best!