Tips for Stress-Free Solids
Starting solids is an exciting time in your baby’s journey, but we know it can also be very stressful for you as a parent! We wanted to share 5 tips to make those first bites a little less stressful:
1.Offer a wide variety
Our eating habits and food preferences are developed in the first few years of life, so it is important to consistently offer a range of healthy food options to your little one. Be sure to focus on fresh whole foods with lots of different flavors and textures, which will help your babe develop a diverse palate. This will also get them in the routine of trying new foods, making the whole process a whole lot easier!
2. Make mealtime fun
As tough as it may seem, coming into mealtime with a low-stress and positive attitude is the first step in helping your baby develop a great relationship with food. Get excited about helping your baby take these new steps in their food journey!
3. Let your baby call the shots
Let your baby decide when they are done eating. Do not ever force them to eat anything they do not want to eat. If they don’t seem to like something, you can always try again later! This will lower the stress surrounding the food introduction and will help your baby develop intuition around eating.
4. Eat meals as a family
Eat meals at the table with your baby! This is a great time to connect and teach by example - your baby will learn mealtime manners and see that trying healthy foods is not only normal, but also fun!
5. Introduce new foods with the Forage Feeder
Using the Forage Feeder to introduce new foods makes the whole process much less stressful because you don’t have to worry about your baby choking on those first bites! It also keeps them entertained, so you can have a little time to focus on yourself.
We hope these tips will help you take on this new adventure! Just remember that the process can be a fun way to connect with your little one and set them up for future success!
Written by Kimberly Durr