In the previous article, we talked about how to prepare baby food and what the signs are when your baby wants to eat something. To start preparing baby food is a lot of work and if your baby doesn’t eat well, you may be concerned about it.
In this article, we will talk about what you need to do if your baby eats little and what if he/she eats one specific thing.
What do you do if your baby eats little/refuses to eat?
The progress of weaning varies greatly from baby to baby. Some babies will gobble up everything right from the start, while others will spit out all the food they put in their mouths because they don’t like it. If your baby eats too little or is too reluctant to eat, you as a parent may become concerned.
However, the intensity of interest in food and the speed of development of the ability to mooch and gulp are unique to each baby. Some babies love breast milk and will not accept anything other than breast milk, while others dislike the texture and taste of porridge, but slow progress in weaning is rarely a sign of a serious problem. It is okay to proceed at your baby’s pace and not be in a hurry.
We have heard that some people force baby food into the mouth of a baby who doesn’t like it, but please don’t do that. Weaning is not only an opportunity to practice eating, but it is also a chance for your baby to learn the joy of food through communication with you.
However, if you repeatedly force-feed baby food to your baby who does not like it, there is a risk that he or she will develop a dislike of food. When a baby strongly rejects food, it is possible that the timing of weaning was not right for him or her. If strong refusal persists for several days after weaning, it may be a good idea to stop and start over.
Weaning should be done in stages, gradually moving to a more solid form. If your baby starts to reject or eat less food as soon as you start the first stage of weaning, you may want to try going back to the previous stage.
What do you do when the ingredients are unbalanced?
One of the most common problems we hear about when it comes to baby food is that “the ingredients are unbalanced”. However, we believe that this is unavoidable when weaning has just started.
The basic weaning process starts with one spoonful of 10-minute porridge and gradually increases in quantity, adding mashed vegetables and proteins such as fish and tofu after one week.
In other words, it is difficult to offer a wide variety because there are only a limited number of types of vegetables and light fish with little acridity that even babies can eat. Green and yellow vegetables such as spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, and tomatoes are often used for vegetables, and white fish such as shirasu, and sea bream for protein. Other than these, it may be difficult to find suitable foods for babies in a typical supermarket.
In the early stages of weaning, babies get most of their nutritional needs from breast milk or formula, so there is no need to be nervous about the nutritional balance of weaning food.
As the weaning process progresses, the number of foods that your baby will be able to eat will naturally increase. First of all, try to give your baby foods that he or she enjoys eating.
In the early stages of weaning, enjoy and harmonize with your baby’s pace
In the early days of weaning, moms and dads are as worried and anxious as their babies. These days, there are many convenient goods and baby foods on the market to support mothers, fathers, and babies. While making good use of these products, weaning at your baby’s pace is a good idea.
The most important thing is to make weaning time a pleasant experience and teach your baby that eating is fun. Let’s overcome this challenge with a relaxed mindset so that the first weaning meal will be a memorable one.