10 tips for successful diversification!
1. Everyone at their own pace
Your baby is unique and will evolve at his own pace towards a solid and diversified diet. A word of advice: don't rush him, there is nothing to worry about if your baby takes his time to go through each stage of diversification.
2. Quantities to be adapted
Serve him quantities adjusted to his age and take his appetite into account (to find out how much milk to give your baby, read our article on the subject here). Your baby has specific nutritional needs which are not those of an adult: limit salt until he is 3 years old, little sugar, 2 teaspoons of meat or fish at 6 months, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil or a knob of butter per meal…
3. Taste and colors
Offer him tasty and colorful dishes by introducing him to a whole range of flavors. Take care of the presentation of his plate to amuse him by creating smileys or small animals: make yourself a "food artist"! These simple and effective little things will help your baby discover the pleasure of eating.
4. One novelty at a time
Introduce new foods one at a time to give your baby time to get used to each taste. Do the same for the textures.
5. Separate the flavors
You can also separate the foods that make up a complete meal (meat on one side, vegetables on the other, for example). This way, your little one will learn to recognize different tastes and appreciate them one by one.
6. A Matter of Taste
Your baby refuses food for the first time? Offer him a little later in another texture if possible or with foods he likes. If he still does not accept after several attempts, it is because it is not to his liking! And you have to respect it. Also, don't skip the foods you don't like. Baby does not necessarily share your tastes. What if this was an opportunity for you to re-learn how to love?
7. Ups and downs
Does your baby start refusing what he devoured a few days earlier? Agree to take a break from the stages of diversification or even a step back. Don't force it and always stay positive so as not to make the meal a conflicting moment.
8. On demand
He turns his head away even though his plate isn't empty... Baby is full or isn't that hungry! Don't panic, he will eat better at the next meal. On the contrary, he is still trying to eat when his plate is finished, why refuse him a few extra spoonfuls, which very often will be enough to satiate him? Your baby is self-regulating. Like you, his appetite varies from day to day.
9. With the fingers:
What if we simply accepted that the discovery of food goes through touch? This step is restrictive for the parents because it generates a little more cleaning and some additional detergents, but it will be a great experiment for baby to gain autonomy and then quite simply... for fun!
10. A moment of pleasure and conviviality
Whenever possible, share family meals with your baby! He will feel the pleasant atmosphere that reigns around the table and will associate the moment of the meal with a positive experience.
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- PNNS: Nutrition guide for children and teenagers for all parents, 2015 Edition
- Laurence Pernoud, I raise my child, Edition 2016