My Baby Won’t Eat Vegetables!
Tips to Tempt Your Little One
If your baby won’t eat vegetables, it can certainly make
mealtimes difficult – and it can cause anxiety for parents who may become concerned
that their little ones are missing out on the important vitamins, minerals and
nutrients necessary for good health! But it IS possible to tempt an unwilling baby –
and here are some tips to help you incorporate these valuable foods into your baby’s
2. Try topping a dish of cooked vegetables, whether cut-up or pureed,
Many babies appreciate this subtle difference! Alternatively, you could try serving your
baby veggie pieces with a cheese dip!
3. It may sound unappetizing to you, but many babies enjoy a little pureed
fruit stirred into their pureed veggies. Remember, babies have no idea which
foods are supposed to “go” together – all they know is what they like and dislike!
4. If your baby is ready for finger foods,
offer him a plate of cooked vegetables to feed to himself right at the
beginning of his meal. He will be more hungry then… and more likely to give
them a try!
6. Don’t overcook your vegetables! In addition to losing their texture,
they will lose their colour AND their goodness. To help encourage your baby
to eat vegetables, you need to make sure that they’re both appetizing and
8. When preparing mashed potatoes for your baby, use
instead of white. They are nutritionally superior and an excellent source of beta-carotene.
9. Just because adding salt to baby food
is not recommended does NOT mean that his veggies need to be unseasoned! Find out more
about using garlic, herbs and aromatic spices
to liven up your baby’s meals.
10. Lead by example – eat lots of veggies yourself, in front of your
baby and with a big display of enjoyment! Your enthusiasm may be infectious…
and he just might follow your lead!
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