Weaning. Yes, we think you’ll agree that it’s one of the biggest milestones in your baby’s first year. Plus it’s often one of the biggest challenges for parents. So where to start?
We chatted to the team at Koo-di about the best ways to get our little ones off to a good start to ensure super weaning success!
Don’t get too carried away!
We know that it can be quite easy to get carried away and start trying super exotic things, but if you want your little muncher to start strong, try to keep things simple. Start with single veggies and fruits rather than exciting combinations. That way, you’ll also be able to keep track of the new flavours and foods your little one loves.
Vegetables & Children. A match made in…
Children and vegetables are often not the firmest of friends. But research has shown that if you start off your weaning journey with veggies, you’ll be setting them up for a life long love of the good stuff!
Full warning though. They probably aren’t going to enjoy veggies from the off. But you must keep persevering with them, because it’ll be so much easier and better for your food monster in the long run.
So which vegetables make the best options for the beginning of weaning? Here are some favourites from the team at Koo-di.
- Butternut squash
- Sweet potato
- Green beans
Pop them in the Koo-di Tiny Tapas for the perfect place to munch!
Don’t be discouraged
You’ve just batch-cooked trays of veggie-puree and then your little one decides it’s not for them. We get it! It’s disheartening but don’t be discouraged. Persevere with the savoury tastes and remember it can take up to 10 tries for a baby to get used to a new flavour. They don’t need to eat a lot for a flavour to be success. A mouthful or two is all that’s needed.
Timing is key
For weaning to be a success, you’ll want your baby to be alert. Weaning takes plenty of concentration, so offer new foods after they’ve had their mid-morning or afternoon nap.
The family that eats together…
Little ones learn from those around them so ensure that they’re part of family mealtimes. It’s surprising what they learn through watching you eat a range of healthy foods. Maybe try eating breakfast together or have a weekend routine when you all sit down together at the table.
We all approach weaning differently and we’ll all start with different foods and flavours. No matter how you approach weaning, remember that every baby and every weaning journey will be different. So take things as they come and have some fun!
Weaning can be a challenge but it’s also an exciting time. Focus on having enjoyable food experiences with lots of different flavours that your little foodie can have a great time exploring!