What to Do if Your Baby Doesn't Like Vegetables
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It’s no secret that we are big lovers of veg, and think they are integral to the weaning journey.
Just take a look at our Babease pouches that are packed with tasty, nutritious veggies!
But what do you do if you’re met with a grumpy refusal every time your little one is offered a taste of vegetable-goodness?
Here, we give some tips and tricks on how to make even the pickiest of eaters into a veg-loving foodie!
Start With Vegetables
One of the best things you can do is start the weaning journey with a variety of veggies. This helps your little one get used to the new, bitter flavours from the start, allowing them to develop more of a taste for them later on.
Babies are born with a natural preference for sweeter flavours so introducing more bitter vegetables like broccoli or kale from the start can help your little one grow accustomed to a wider variety of veggies as their tastes develop.
Offer Lots of Variety
Getting your little one excited about the weaning journey, particularly when eating vegetables, is all about offering lots of variety. There are so many great options to choose from; you’re bound to find a favourite amongst them!
Get creative with your combinations and try to offer new tastes frequently to keep things interesting.
Lead By Example
Modelling positive behaviours towards food is another important part of encouraging your little one to try new things. During the weaning journey, show your little one that you’re enjoying eating lots of veggies, and they are more likely to follow your lead.
You can also get them involved in family mealtimes and encourage them to eat from your plate.
Keep Trying Certain Foods
Perseverance is key when introducing new foods. There can be many reasons why your child refuses your latest veggie offering; it may not actually be that they don’t like it.
Initial refusals may be because they are merely surprised by the new flavour. Upon trying again, they might surprise you by readily taking to certain vegetables. It can take up to at least eight times for new foods to be accepted, so don’t give up on veggies and give your budding foodie a chance to develop a taste for them!
Consider Baby-Led Weaning
Another reason your baby might reject certain foods is that they are trying to exercise their will and testing where they can say no - they are not necessarily saying no to the veggies you are offering.
Getting them to feed themselves with the baby-led weaning approach will mean they decide what to put in their mouth. When they are the one in control, you might be surprised by what they end up reaching for!
Try Different Cooking Methods
If you’re still getting nowhere when offering particularly tricky veggies, try different cooking methods. This will help bring out different flavours and can also change the textures, offering something new that might appeal to your little one.
Roasting veggies can often bring out sweeter flavours, offering a different experience and making previously unaccepted foods into new favourites.
Hopefully, with our tips, you’ll have a veg fan on your hands in no time! Check out our recipes section to discover some great options when introducing your budding foodie to even more tasty veggies.