Is your child unwilling to taste a new food? A picky eater often has to be exposed to something new as many as 15 times before even tasting it! Children trust familiar things in their lives and are often suspicious of something new and different – this applies to food too. A food that has an unusual appearance, color, smell or texture can be off-putting to a young child. That's why repeated exposure helps. Eventually the unusual food becomes familiar, and at that point, your child becomes open to the idea of tasting it and giving it a fair evaluation. Knowing these facts gives us insight into how to introduce new foods and what to expect when we do.
Peanut allergies have tripled in the past decade, causing parents everywhere to hide their nuts and hold off on offering peanuts to children until well after their second or even third birthday. Now experts are warning that the late introduction of nuts could be some of the problem.
When you cook with herbs it makes food taste better and smells fabulous. Herbs also add a nutritional boost to meals and contain beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants to keep the body strong.
Unfortunately weight gain is becoming an issue for kids as young as two. Learn about your baby's nutrition requirements early to start your child off on the right track.
The toddler years are an important time in your child's development, says Joanne Saab, a registered dietitian and co-author of Better Baby Food. "And because it's a time when children are generally still willing to explore new foods, it's a good time to establish healthy eating habits."