Feeding your baby could be a great challenge on your part, especially if you have just started to introduce something that your baby has never tasted before. Feed him using a spoon and you’ll surely get disappointed because your baby will just close her mouth or whisk the spoon. He will not eat what you are feeding him. This, of course, will cause you to worry because you want to give only the best for your baby. You want to feed him with nutritious food other than milk.
If your baby doesn’t like the food that you give him, just relax and don’t worry. This reaction displayed by your baby is normal and only shows that he his already growing up. This reaction shows that your baby is starting to claim his independence in his own little way. His refusal to eat or be spoon fed is a sign of growing up and progress of how he wants to feed himself. During this stage, the baby becomes more aware of his own self and his surroundings. He wants to do what he wants and refusing to eat from the spoon is his own way of saying that he doesn’t want to be spoon fed.
Instead of feeling disappointed and worried about the behavior of your baby when you feed him, you have to think of some ways that can make your baby forget that he doesn’t want to be spoon fed. You have to do something to make your baby want or accept what you are feeding him. For instance, you can start by giving him finger foods. Let him hold it and allow him to feed it in his mouth. He will most likely enjoy what he is doing.
You want to get your baby’s heart and attention, especially if you talk about feeding him. You want him to eat what you have prepared for him. To get his attention and approval of what you want him to eat and to have a harmonious relationship with your baby during meals, you can follow some of these tips:
1. Set the perfect time
When you can feed your baby so that he will accept what you have prepared for his meal. In most cases, the best time to feed your baby is when he just woke up in the morning or after a nap in the afternoon. For your baby’s first solid food you must give him nutritional foods. Don’t overfeed your baby. Do not starve him first before feeding him.
2. Give your baby different foods
This so that he will not limit himself with the food that you always give him. Giving him different kinds of food will allow him to enjoy a variety of foods.
3. Never give up
Keep trying even if your baby refuse to eat a particular food. If he refuse to eat a particular food now, you can try giving it again to him the following day or some other days. If your baby will always see that same food you offer, he will become familiar with that particular food. In the end, he will enjoy eating it.
4. Mix food
If during the first few days you have given your baby plain food, like a carrot, be sure to mix something or blend something with the carrot to improve its taste and presentation the next time you feed him. You can place or add salt to improve its taste. This way, your baby will be attracted to the carrot dish and will enjoy eating other new food on the table.
5. Name the food you feed
Help your baby identify what you are feeding him. For example, if you’re holding an apple to eat, tell your baby that your holding apple before putting it in his mouth. Once the baby can already identify what you have for him, he will most likely accept it.
6. Bring your kid in the kitchen
Make your baby aware of what you are doing, especially if you are cooking. Allow him to stay with you in the kitchen as you cook. He will see what you are doing. He will also smell what you are cooking. Seeing you prepare and cook the food will make him appreciate what you will feed him.
7. Eat in the dining table
During meal time, let your baby sit with the whole family at the dining table. Your baby will see that everybody enjoys eating. As he sees everybody eating, he will eventually eat his meal without any fuss.
Feeding your baby, after all, is not a problem. All it takes is being patient and understanding of your baby’s needs.