A baby’s feeding habits and diet can shape their food preferences later on, here’s why

Did you know that when a baby isn’t introduced to solid foods at an early age, they can potentially become fussy foodie toddlers?

Those fussy toddlers then grow into children that only want to eat 2-3 types of food, like chicken nuggets and hotdogs. It’s true.

Parents do everything in their power to ensure their children live a healthy life, particularly when it comes to the food they eat.

To tackle the issue of fussy eating and to keep babies open and eager to experiment with new foods, Nanny Robina, Canada’s leading parenting expert, is sharing her best tips and tricks for raising an adventurous foodie.

Since so many of us just made our own resolutions for the rest of 2020, why not make a few for babies as well?

Here are Nanny Robina’s top 5 tips for raising an adventurous foodie:

  1. Remain consistent and introduce as many foods to your child’s diet as possible. Snacks that are colourful and visually appealing will keep them intrigued and excited to try something new.
  2. Feed the baby a variety of flavours and textures as well as foods that easily melt in the mouth, like PC® Organics™ Smoothie Melts, which are available in exotic flavours such as Banana, Mango & Passion Fruit or Banana Strawberry.
  3. Give them snacks that are easy to grasp. To save time and effort, make sure to always have some healthy, ready-made options in your cupboard, such as the recently expanded offering from PC® Organics™ Baby and Toddler. Both healthy and ready-made, the PC® Organics™ Apple & Sweet Potato Veggie & Oat Bars are a great example for this.
  4. Be patient. Developing a diverse palette requires time so the child can adjust to new flavours. When the going gets tough, don’t throw in the towel. Your baby’s palette might be sensitive and slow to adapt, so keep at it and don’t give up. If the baby turns away at the first bite, stick with the same food for a couple of days to see if they come around to it.
  5. Sit with your baby and eat alongside them. Children often mimic the actions they see, so eating together and showing them how you are enjoying the meal with a couple of exclamations of, “mmm that’s delicious,” can go a long way.

As with anything else, it will take time and patience to allow your child to make the adjustment. In the long run however, it is always worth it.

For more suggestions on healthy, diverse food options for your baby, visit the President's Choice® website.

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