Your baby will love veggies right from their first experience of solids with these simple tips!
Teaching your children to love veggies isn’t always easy. We know, we’re stating the obvious but it’s just so true! For starters, it can be difficult to pack enough veg into on-the-go meals. Then there’s the challenge of dealing with fussy eaters! As much as we hate to admit it, pumpkin and potato are boring for anyone after a while. But what if there was a way to help your baby love veggies from the start and avoid tantrums later on?
To take the stress out of helping your bub learn to enjoy their five a day, and giving them the best foundation for a healthy life, we’ve put together some handy hints that you’ll want to know before you take the exciting step of starting them on solids.
Avoid Hidden Nasties
Who hasn’t said they were committed to making their own baby purees at home only to find themselves on a late-night run to the supermarket? No one has enough hours in the day for all that blending! It might be tempting to go for the first available option you see on the shelves, and reaching for a baby food pouch seems like the convenient choice, but it’s important to know that some pre-made baby food products are full of hidden nasties and miss the opportunity to teach important skills!
By choosing a quality option like Little Bellies Organic Baby Bowls, in particular their Veggie & Jumble bowls, you can be reassured that you are avoiding hidden fruit sugars and making veg-forward foods a priority!
Start Them Early
Lots of purees hide veggies amongst fruit and other ingredients, but this is a guaranteed way to create a super picky eater! By hiding veggies in fruit, we are teaching babies to have a preference for sweet-tasting foods later on – having to think of creative ways to disguise veg from your toddler isn’t a fun time!
“Differing flavours in early days prepare babies for ongoing acceptance of flavour variety. Vegetables have earthy and savoury flavours to learn about. Fruits mixed in with vegetables can dilute this important flavour experience,” Simone Emery, a childhood nutrition specialist, said.
“A 100% vegetable bowl gives babies a rich, flavour experience.”
Babies’ palates are like clean slates, so if they’re only exposed to sugary purees from early on, it can make introducing veggies trickier than usual. So why not get started early? Little Bellies Organic Baby Bowls allow babies to start to differentiate between sweet and savoury and get used to the flavour of various vegetables.
Make It Fun
Starting solids should be an exciting experience – just think of all the cute videos you’re going to have as you watch your little one try a range of veg for the first time! That being said, some parents understandably get caught up in the stress of it all, especially if their baby just doesn’t seem interested.
Little Bellies Organic Baby Bowls encourage interactive spoon-feeding which is a great way to not only help your bub master their fine motor skills, but also make exploring vegetables fun. The mix of organic veg in each of the bowls create combinations that are deliciously healthy and packed with goodness. The see-through bowl packaging is one of our favourite parts, ensuring positive food associations and encourages mindful eating practices and behaviours right from the beginning.
Veggies are such an important part of anyone’s diet, but particularly for babies who are going through a huge period of growth and development so the sooner you get your little one enjoying them with quality options like Little Bellies Organic Baby Bowls, the better. If you manage to avoid a future fussy toddler in the process, what a bonus!
Have you got a top tip for helping your little one to love veggies? Share it in the comments!
The team at Mouths of Mums is working with Little Bellies to bring you this article. Little Bellies Organic Baby Bowls are for interactive spoon-feeding. Their Veggie & Jumble bowls have no hidden fruit sugars to make veg-forward foods a priority, they are also recyclable and reusable. Check out the full Little Bellies Organic Baby Bowls range here.