I have a 10-month-old baby who is not very willing to try new foods or textures. No matter how much I try to introduce her to new things, she just pushes them away and refuses to eat. This is becoming a major issue as we want to make sure she is getting all the necessary nutrients in her diet.
I'm not sure if this is a common problem or if there is something that I'm doing wrong. I've tried making different purees and even mixing in familiar foods but nothing seems to work. I'm getting frustrated because I want her to learn to enjoy a variety of foods and not become a picky eater.
Any advice or tips on how to handle this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I faced a similar issue with my daughter when she was around 6 months old. She refused to eat anything that wasn't pureed or mashed. After trying a few things, I found that the following tips were helpful:
1. Be creative with purees: If your baby is comfortable with purees, try introducing new foods by mixing them in with familiar purees. This way, your baby can get used to the new flavors without feeling overwhelmed by the texture.
2. Keep portions small: Start with small portions and gradually increase it as your baby gets used to the new foods. This can help them feel less intimidated by the new flavors or textures.
3. Get messy: Introducing food doesn't have to be a perfect experience. Encourage your baby to get messy with their food and have fun while exploring new tastes and textures.
4. Offer different textures: Gradually introduce new textures to your baby from soft to crunchy. This way, your baby can gradually get used to different textures without getting overwhelmed.
5. Talk to your pediatrician: If your baby continues to struggle with introducing new foods or textures, consult with your pediatrician. They can give you advice tailored to your baby's specific needs.
Remember that every baby is different, so be patient and keep trying. It takes time for babies to get used to new foods, so don't give up!