A Baby Who Eats Everything: 5 Tips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrimom for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
 
 

With Lincoln nearing one, and six to twelve months being the opportune time to develop baby’s palette, I’ve been trying to incorporate as many new foods as possible into his meals lately. Last week we tried cauliflower, berries, a plum puree, and glazed salmon. The best though was this week when I shared my Chicken Tika Masala with him and he LOVED it. We have another Indian food lover in the family 🙂

After reading more articles on Nutrimom (remember that neat program I told you about?) and getting some feedback on Lincoln’s diet from our registered dietitian, I’m feeling significantly less stressed about this formula to food transition in the next few months.

Here are a few things I’ve learned (some of which I’ve been incorporating and some I’m going to start) to help Lincoln remain such a good eater:

TIPS FOR GETTING A BABY TO EAT EVERYTHING

  • Continually introduce new foods, even if he doesn’t like them right away. Did you know, its recommended you introduce a new food up to 20 times to help a bay warm up to it? 
  • Serve things in different ways. I pretty much cook certain things the same way (like we always steam broccoli) and I’m working on giving the same items in new ways, with new flavors. 
  • Use spices. Lincoln still eats whatever we eat for dinner and if its got a bit of spice to it, he seems to do just fine so I’m feeling motivated to add new flavors to his meals. I grew up overseas eating lots of different foods so its really important to me that Lincoln love Asian cuisine as much as I do 🙂 
  • Eat as a family. My mom has touted family dinners since before I can remember, but what I didn’t realize (until I found an article on Nutrimom) was the benefit extends to babies as young as 6 months old. Babies are more likely to try foods they see other people eating (mainly their parents). Some nights this means I have to be a little more on top of things to have dinner ready for all of us before we put Lincoln to bed (instead of feeding him something quickly and making dinner for us later). 
  • Find easy ‘go-to’s. Last week I came up with a list with the help of Annie (the registered dietitian I’ve been working with at Nutrimom) for things I can feed Linc when I don’t have a full meal for the rest of the family cooked (specifically breakfast/lunch ideas). This has been awesome all week because I stocked up on a few things at the grocery store and always had something to pull out. Some of the things on the list right now are a variety of beans, peas, avocado, olives, and oatmeal. I’ve also been working with Lincoln to feed himself from those little fruit pouches (Nutrimom had some great organic ones in the subscription box they sent). 
 

P.S. If you haven’t read this post or this post where I talked more about working with Nutrimom, its a program that offers Personal Coachingon topics from feeding to sleep (and quite a bit more) for the first 1000 days of life. I’ve been using it with specific help on adding more solids to Lincoln’s diet through weekly sessions with our personal Nutrimom Coach and regular messaging with the team of Early Life Nutrition experts. They also have a vast online library of articles that Ben and I have learned a lot from. In addition to these coaching services, they also offer a subscription box. We got ours last month and it was filled with things specially formulated for Lincoln’s current stage (and some post partum things for me). My favorites were the organic fruit pouches for Linc and the nutrition bars for me. Gotta love finding something to give me a bit more energy during the day (because these days its hard for me to find time to come up with healthy snacks). You can learn more about Nutrimom here if you’re interested!

 
 

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7 Comments

  1. I love this. My baby is due in a few weeks, so we're a long way from solid foods. However, when we do get to that point, I want to make sure I can help her to become an adventurous and confident eater.

  2. Good for you, and fortunate Linc. My youngster won’t eat what we eat.I’ve attempted.

  3. Very nice post. Keep posting like amazing post. But my girl does not eat what we eat!