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      Fussy eaters: Tips for feeding babies

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      Fussy eaters: Tips for feeding babies

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      Tricks to convince the fussiest of eaters

      While fussy eaters can make mealtimes difficult, it is important to keep calm and carry on. Offering your baby a variety of new tastes and textures is the best way to help them get the nutrients they need. So if they refuse broccoli one day, try again – they may enjoy it next time round.

      Tips for fussy eaters

      If your baby only tends to eat a few favourite foods, they will be less likely to develop a taste for a more varied and balanced diet, and can easily become a fussy eater. Most babies are accepting of a range of food tastes until they hit the toddler years. What’s important is trying to get as much variety as possible into their diet early on, to ensure they get the nutrients they need.

      Here are some suggestions on how to encourage your baby to eat a wider variety of foods:

      • Lead by example – try some of their food yourself and make appreciative noises and expressions so your baby understands it’s something pleasant
      • Start small – smaller portions are less daunting and you can always offer a bit more if they enjoy it
      • Offer portions of different tastes so if they don’t like one thing, they can try something else – but avoid offering their favourite food too frequently
      • If your baby spits something out, try it again another day – perhaps mixed in with a little of their favourite food. Remember – you’ll probably have to be patient
      • Try the same food in different ways, such as puréed carrot and cooked carrot sticks to pick up and eat
      • Make meals fun and appealing by offering a rainbow of colours, like green broccoli, orange sweet potato and yellow banana – talking about the different colours can help to spark their interest
      • While you shouldn’t pressure your baby to eat something they dislike, a gentle prompt might persuade them to try it again
      • Eat meals together – children are far more likely to eat foods that you are sat eating with them

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      Important notice

      Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a varied, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. The social and financial implications of using an infant formula should be considered. Improper use of an infant formula or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use an infant formula, you should follow manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill. Always consult your doctor, midwife or health visitor for advice about feeding your baby.

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