Take the taste test with your baby
Do you sometimes find it difficult to understand your baby’s facial expressions? According to a survey by Organix, many mums would agree that the facial expressions their babies make in response to new tastes are the biggest barrier when it comes to introducing new foods.
Many parents often interpret their little one’s facial expressions as dislike in response to new foods, which can make it all the more difficult when weaning. However, this look of dislike shouldn’t put parents off introducing new foods to their baby, as it is more likely to be a look of surprise to the new taste or texture.
Clinical Psychotherapist Vivien Sabel says, “Just as we learn to interpret our baby’s signals when they’re sleepy, hungry, happy or windy, we can also read what those eye, brow, mouth, lip and tongue movements say about a new taste too. For example, what mums and dads might interpret as a look of shock or disgust, doesn’t necessarily translate as not liking the taste, what’s more likely is that baby is puzzled by the intensity of a new flavour. It’s all part of them experiencing and learning new tastes on their weaning journey.”
She recommends that you look like you are enjoying your food in front of your baby, as they tend to copy what you do and will be more likely to respond well to what they are eating if you appear to like it too.
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