Introducing solids can be an exciting time full of experiments and fun. However, as always when it comes to parenting, the best plans might not work out and - as always - this is absolutely fine. Here are 5 things to expect when you start weaning:
Your little one might not be interested in first foods
It is recommended to introduce solids around the age of 6 months. Not all babies will have a strong interest in food at this time. At this age, babies are developing rapidly and often have to cope with teething. All this might be a distraction from their first foods. Continue offering small amounts of foods on a daily basis and show them how much fun it can be to enjoy your own food.
Your baby might eat only very small amounts
Trying new flavours and textures is a big milestone in your little one’s development. Not all children will bravely embrace this new experience and dig into their meals. Most babies will try only a few spoonfuls before they have enough and turn their head away. Keep in mind that all your baby’s nutritional needs are still covered by breast milk or formula at this stage. It is, therefore, the perfect time to try a broad variety of flavours and let them eat as much as they want.
More food might land on the table and floor than in your baby’s mouth
Weaning is a messy time. Eating solids requires an enormous amount of new motor skills which your little one will slowly learn as you continue your weaning journey. Making a mess helps your baby to experience their food with all five senses. It is one of the best ways to support them to love their mealtimes, so try to be relaxed around the mess as much as you can.
Not every food will be a hit
Some foods will go down better than others. Babies have an inborn preference for sweet flavours, so fruit will be more popular than bitter tasting vegetables. It is still worth being persistent about flavours your little one initially rejected. Studies have shown that it can take 10 to 15 tries until a baby accepts a new flavour. And any flavour your little one gets used to in their first year of life is one they will choose for the rest of their lives, so offering vegetables often and early is key to establish healthy habits.
There will be good days and not so good days
Just as we have ups and downs in our appetite, your little one will have days with a big appetite and ones where anything else is more important. Phases of teething or developmental spurts can decrease your baby’s appetite but they will catch up afterwards.
Read our top 5 weaning tips to make your weaning journey as smooth as possible. No matter how your first weeks of weaning go, Little Tummy is here to support you along the way. We offer a variety of flavours, including bitter tasting vegetables.