4 Steps to Build
Help your baby or toddler learn to
love a variety of new foods, and
build lifelong healthy eating habits.
Mix It Up
Model healthy eating for your child. Sit
down together to make mealtime an
experience for the whole family. If you’re
feeding your child bananas, try some too.
Kids are more likely to try a food when they
see an adult eating it too.
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New textures are also important
when building healthy eating habits. Around
6 months most babies are ready to begin soft
foods like pureed vegetables and whole-milk
yogurt. Gradually introduce new textures of
complementary foods. Around 8 -10 months,
babies may be ready for soft, finger foods. By two,
most toddlers eat a variety of different textures and
can eat most table foods.
Remain patient and be
consistent. It may take many
tries to get your child on board
with new tastes.
Mom’s diet during pregnancy is crucial for priming taste
preferences for healthy foods. Studies show that moms
who consume more fruits and vegetables during
pregnancy and lactation had babies that were more
willing to accept these foods.