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Thursday 17 April 2014

Grub's up: Mealtime tips

Relax

Your baby won't starve, and turning mealtimes into a drama is something you need to avoid. Take time to let your baby try a bit of everything. You may not think they've eaten enough by the end, but offering alternatives, especially bland or sweet foods, you know will "work", just stores up trouble.

Try and try again

Babies will get accustomed to flavours, even those they find unacceptable the first time round. If your baby won't eat something at one meal, try again in a few days.

Share your food

Let your child try a little of what you're eating, even if it's different from his or her own meal. The more flavours and textures babies experience, the better.

Be positive

Shower your baby with positive attention at mealtimes. Give praise for eating and for trying foods, but try not to focus only on the food.

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