How to introduce new foods to children

28th May 2021

Childhood is the ideal time to introduce new foods. Although babies are initially breastfed, soon after a new variety of nutrients is introduced in their diets. What is the best strategy to make sure children start eating a wide variety of healthy foods early on?


Firstly, it is very important to understand that children's appetites for new foods can vary widely from child to child. Some children will be excited to try new flavours, while others may be more hesitant. If that's the case, you don't have to panic or try to force your child to eat something they don’t want to try. Just continue to offer a wide variety of healthy foods and encourage them without putting any pressure. Some children may need to be offered the same new food many times before they become comfortable enough to try it.


Another positive way to encourage trying new foods is to eat with all family members together at the dining table. Young children may then observe older family members enjoying various new foods and may be more inclined to try them. It is well known that older brothers and sisters, as well as parents, are the first role models for the youngest members of the family. Showing a positive attitude towards food and healthy eating habits will help children feel good about trying new foods, and will make meal times a pleasant experience for all family members.


Carlos Gonzalez. "My Child Won’t Eat: How to enjoy mealtimes without worry." 1st Edition. Madrid; Pinter & Martin, 2012.
 

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