Stick to small amounts at first
Start your baby off with tiny quantities – a few teaspoons is enough for the first few meals.
Introduce vegetables first
Babies (like most of us) prefer sweet tastes so it’s a good idea to start with vegetables so they don’t get too used to sweet things. You can sweeten up vegetables by mixing them with a bit of fruit so don’t be afraid to experiment. Avocado and banana is a winning combination.
It’s messy so be prepared
At first more food will end up on the floor than in your baby’s mouth. Stock up on bibs (wipe clean ones are ideal). Put a plastic mat under the feeding chair, keep plenty of wipes handy and choose a time that’s close to bath time.
Batch cook baby’s food and freeze it
Babies only eat very small amounts at first so you can freeze the rest and use it later. This is a great way of having a variety of foods on hand. Ice cube containers are perfect for when they’re very small and you can move on to small plastic containers as they eat more.
Keep a food diary
Babies need to try a new food at least 10 times before you can tell whether they like it so if they don’t seem to like something at first don’t give up. Keep trying it every now and then and they might grow to like it. It can help to keep a food diary to keep track of what they like.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, baby-led weaning can be a great way to go. This simply involves giving baby chunks of soft foods and letting them feed themselves. This is great for their motor development and, as they’re in control, can lead to less fussy eaters. It can be a bit nerve wracking if you’re worried about choking so make sure you know what to do but you’ll be surprised how well they can manage.
Stay calm and keep it fun
Don’t be disheartened if your baby doesn’t seem to enjoy food at first. It’s a big change for them and can take some getting used to. Never force them to eat or put pressure on them, as this could lead to problematic mealtimes later on. The trick is to stay calm, keep it fun and stop if they’re not happy. Remember, we all eat eventually.