When your baby is starting solids there are ways to help your baby learn the fun side of foods and avoid being too fussy at meal times.
Food rainbow – if you can, include a range of different coloured foods to keep things interesting and fun, for example carrots, avocado and sweet potato.
Be persistent – you might need to offer some foods a number of times. Even if they reject it to start off with they might enjoy it later. Sometimes babies need to be offered food 8 to 15 times before they try it and like it.
Variety – include a range of flavours and textures if you can. It’ll help make them a more confident eater and be open to new things.
Adding lumps – once your baby is confidently eating purées, you can increase the texture to include mashed food with soft lumps.
Family meal times – sitting down to eat as a family can encourage a more fun social experience.
Food is fun – your baby might want to play with their food and try to feed his or herself – this is good thing! Let them get messy and encourage self-feeding by letting your baby hold the spoon. Food is a whole new world to be explored and they’ll want to experience it with all their senses (touch, taste, see).