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Baby food: 3 good reasons to start preparing it yourself
aurélie d'hulst — avr 19, 2019
Feeding a child is a great adventure! First, he will eat a bit of everything before going most probably through a phase of food neophobia. No need to worry: these are two very natural steps of his development.
From 4 to 6 months, a baby is experiencing a gourmet golden age phase. It is a moment when he is more incline to try new foods. This phase — which usually stops at the age of 12 months — is the one when human beings are the most receptive to new savours. During this half-year, your little one will familiarise himself faster with different types of food and will enjoy their taste more easily. Enjoy it, it is the best time to broaden his culinary horizon: prepare him healthy food complemented with spices and fresh herbs and take away everything that is too fat, too salty and too sweet. Some healthy food habits he will keep for the rest of his life! During this period of time, show some inventiveness and vary the ingredients as much as possible. But do it wisely: first, we avoid the sweet vegetables — such as carrots — which might make the acceptance of other bitter vegetables more complicated later on.
You should know that, until he reaches the age of 27 months, your toddler will eat whatever you want. This time window gives you a lot of freedom: it’s up to you to offer him a wide range of good products before he starts to make his own choices! Things are getting harder afterwards...
Food neophobia is a feeling of fear towards new foods. It affects 75 % of children between 2 and 10 (with a peak between 2 and 6), explains Gabrielle Caron, nutritionist, to the Québec daily newspaper Le Soleil. It is the time when you might see your little one wincing when he sees cod in his spoon, closing his mouth tightly, even spitting out his mouthful of broccoli in his plate… But if you took advantage of the gourmet golden age to make him try a lot of different foods, he will be more incline to overcome this rejection phase.
Did you miss it out? There are ways to face this rejection of new foods (without having to tie your kid to his chair, thankfully!).