Weaning Step 1 - Introducing Vegetables

VEGETABLES FOR LIFE

Some babies may like vegetables from the first bite and others may not. But with persistence and patience, your baby will learn to love vegetables. By making feeding more fun and less stressful, your baby is more likely to accept vegetables. Starting with vegetables and postponing sweet tastes for later can help shape your baby’s lifelong food habits.

ONE VEGETABLE AT A TIME

We all know that babies love sweet things, but we need to take baby steps to make them like vegetables. It’s easier if you get your baby to try one tasty vegetable at a time. It also helps you as one vegetable recipes are simple to follow. Here are four easy recipes to set you and your baby off on a wonderful vegetable adventure.

TIPS TO HELP YOUR BABY EASE INTO WEANING

  • Start weaning only after 6 months, and never leave your baby alone when feeding
  • Try not to feed your baby when he is too tired or too full
  • Feed them in a place that makes them feel comfortable, like your kitchen
  • If he wants to ‘test’ the food with his fingers or spoon first, let him
  • If at first, you don’t succeed, keep trying – it can take 8-10 tries for your baby to like a new flavour
  • Don’t worry and be happy!

LEARNING HOW TO EAT

Don’t be surprised if the first few spoons come straight back out again! Eating is a new experience for your baby. Your baby has just been used to pushing his tongue forward to suck milk. Now he needs to figure out how to use his tongue to move food to the back of his mouth. Follow your baby’s lead, if your baby spits everything out on the first few attempts, he may not be quite ready yet, so wait a week or so and try again.

ONE VEGETABLE RECIPES FOR YOUR BABY OF 6–8 MONTHS

Don't add any salt or sugar to any of these recipes.
Broccoli Puree
Carrot Puree
Pea Puree
Cauliflower Puree

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WHAT ABOUT ALLERGIES?

If you think your baby is experiencing symptoms that indicate a food allergy, please ask your paediatrician for advice.

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