A baby starts tasting flavors right inside the mother’s womb. Researchers claim that a baby’s sensory system helps the baby to taste flavors from a mother’s diet as the food travels through the mother’s bloodstream into the amniotic fluid.
Breast milk Familiarizes the Baby to Different Flavors
Once the baby is born, it again starts tasting different flavors via the mother’s milk. Spices, herbs and foods like garlic and onion give breast milk a unique taste and this serves as the first step to introducing your baby to different food tastes. Mothers are recommended to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables along with other nutrient-rich foods to make breastmilk healthy for your newborn. While common misconceptions exist that one particular food can cause fussiness or digestive discomforts in your baby, the reality is that your baby can cry for different reasons and the mother’s diet is not the culprit for this.
Repeat New Foods
Children like familiarity. They are hesitant to try new things and may want the same food repeatedly until they may feel the urge for some other food. Rejecting a food does not mean that your little one hates it. Try to reintroduce the same food after a few days to make your baby familiar with the new food. Instead of pressurizing your child to eat nutritious foods, be your child’s role model by consuming healthy foods. Make mealtimes enjoyable by having meals together and introduce your kids to new foods gradually. Introducing solid foods can be intimidating to the parents and the website www.firsteatright.com is there to help you cross this important juncture of life by providing you with practical tips and guidelines for this purpose.
As the child grows up and starts eating with everyone else at the dinner table, season the foods with cinnamon, curry powder, cilantro, chili powder, garlic or any other seasoning that is a part of your family’s food habits. Never keep spicy seasonings such as cayenne pepper or hot sauce that may irritate your baby’s mouth or tongue. Prepare foods with minimum salt to get the baby used to the natural flavors or lightly salted foods.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.