It may take more than one bite for your little one!

Every child is different and teaching kids to eat savory foods can take time (and we don’t mean sweet veggies like carrots, squash and sweet potato!) Introducing little palates to the real flavor of green veggies like broccoli and Swiss chard may not be as easy as introducing them to fruit sugars or other sweet foods, but if we teach kids to take on bold and savory flavors early on we are shaping their eating habits for life. Studies show that by exposing our children to the same flavors multiple times and in different settings, they become more accepting of those same flavors over time. Yet, 1 out of every 4 parents draws premature conclusions around their child’s food preferences after merely 2 or fewer exposures. If the beets end up on the floor on the first day, give it a few days and try again. Eating is a learned behavior, so with consistency and practice comes familiarity, which eventually leads to mastery! Never force your baby to eat something she’s rejecting, but don’t give up on food or your baby, either. Food and babies are a delicate balance of exploration and palate formation.