Palates aren’t just for art. When it comes to getting your tiny human to like new foods and flavors, palates are for training too. In fact, palate training for babies is a real thing, not another overhyped food trend (like broccoli coffee and activated charcoal). In fact, research shows that palate training for babies can get them to like vegetables, healthy fats, and even spices. With a little practice and patience, your baby might be the next most followed food critic on Pinterest.
WHAT IS PALATE TRAINING FOR BABIES?
Studies show that babies are born with certain innate preferences. These innate preferences can be a result of evolution (like rejecting bitter things) or a result of flavors their biological mothers ate during pregnancy (yes, research indicates that if you eat carrots during pregnancy, your baby is more likely to prefer carrots). But the reason why the first foods you introduce to your tiny human are so important is that their innate preferences can be altered when they start solids for the first time. In other words, babies’ palates are essentially blank canvases because they can modified and trained. So that means, yes, your baby can be a kale baby.
WHEN TO START TRAINING YOUR BABY’S PALATE
The only catch with palate training is that it has to be done within a certain age window. While it may be too late to get your husband to eat his vegetables, you can train your baby to like healthy foods and to be an adventurous eater up to 20 months. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 6 months as the earliest age to start introducing solids to your baby for the first time. Most parents will begin to introduce real foods into their babies’ appetites while they are still breastfeeding or using formula. Specifically, the World Health Organization advises parents to feed their babies solids 2-3 times a day, in addition to breastmilk or formula, between 6-8 months. That’s the perfect time to start training your baby to eat superfoods.
WHAT FOODS ARE SAFE FOR EARLY PALATE TRAINING?
It’s generally a good idea to stay away from foods that are choking hazards, such as big chunks of meat or cheese. Dairy products can irritate babies’ stomachs. Try blending healthy fats like coconut butter or avocado oil with plant-based superfoods like sweet potatoes and chickpeas as an alternative.
WHAT IF MY BABY IS A PICKY EATER?
Picky eaters at the early stage is not always the case, as babies are just learning new tastes. Everything is so new to your baby. In fact, it can take them up to 15 times to like a new food. If your tiny human isn’t loving certain healthy foods at first, don’t get discouraged and keep trying to train your baby’s palate.
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