The data from the Statistics Netherlands health survey (in collaboration with the nutrition center and RIVM) show that in the Netherlands only 50% of children aged between 1 and 4 eat enough fruit and vegetables. The other 50% is not! That is very unfortunate because children miss a number of important nutrients.
Do you also suffer from the phenomenon: My baby eats little fruit and vegetables, read this blog with explanations and tips. Because if you start eating your vegetables and fruits on a daily basis, it will also be a lot easier later on.
Baby does not want supplementary nutrition
As soon as the baby is 4 months old you can start with the supplementary feed and then you run into a new problem: Your baby does not eat a lot of vegetables and fruit. If you think about it, it is not that strange. For half a year your baby has enjoyed delicious, sweet, sweet milk. And now you come up with one or another weird puss that is a very weird thing and that your baby must also stop in the mouth?
Listen! Your baby does not know that puss and has never had a spoon in the mouth. So two things that your baby has to get used to. Therefore start quietly and only when your baby is ready for it. You notice that because your baby makes smacking noises when you are eating or your food literally looks away from your plate. Below are some tips to stimulate your baby to eat the snacks.
Tips on "Help my baby eat little fruit and vegetables"!
- Very important: Make eating together cozy! So sit down at the table and show your baby how you enjoy the food. Follow good example!
- Start with vegetable snacks, later you give fruit.
- Start with small portions on a small spoon, if necessary a teaspoon.
- Try to give the supplement before the real food or during the day when your baby is hungry.
- Never force! If your baby turns a few times, leave it and try again a few days later.
- Give the example by putting the bite in your mouth and enjoying it yourself.
- Continue to offer the same until your baby has tasted it a few times. Then offer something different. Do not change quickly to fruit, because then the vegetable snacks will never come in again.
- And finally, have patience, usually your baby wants to eat something later.
Baby does not swallow snacks
Remember that your baby likes a spoon with a treat and does not know what to do with it. Then it can happen that the snack stays in the mouth and comes out again after a few seconds. So let your baby get used to it by giving tiny portions of vegetables.
To make it easier, you can mix the vegetable chip (choose one type of vegetable at a time) with some breast milk or bottle food. As a result, there is a somewhat sweeter taste and it also becomes a bit smoother. In addition, make sure that you practice or puree the vegetables. If this does not help, your baby may not be ready for solid nutrition.
Baby gagging at vegetables
From the four months you can start practicing snacks, but only if your baby is really ready for it. If you start early, your baby may have a gag reflex while giving the snacks.
In young babies there is a gag reflex in the mouth. This means your baby responds to a solid diet by pushing it out of the mouth again instead of swallowing it. If you notice this, you better wait with the snacks. Try again after a week or a few weeks.
Therefore read this blog about: "What to do in case of suffocation and choking of the baby? And be prepared!
If you give your baby snacks it is very important that you use a small spoon and the spoon is not too deep. Then let the spoon rest on the tongue and lower lip. Do not push it in, then your baby can gag.
Baby 7 months does not eat vegetables
The first practice snacks consist of mashed vegetables or fruit. After all those months just drinking milk, the switch to fruit, but especially to vegetables is very big. Baby milk or breast milk always has a sweet taste. Vegetable tastes bitter. Your baby does not know this and that is why it will take a bit of getting used to in the beginning. Chances are that your baby does not want to eat the vegetables, but the fruit because it is also sweet. Nevertheless, the vegetables are also very important. If you start with supplementary feeding, it is therefore important to start with the vegetable snacks first and not with the fruit snacks. They usually succeed.
My baby does not eat a lot of fruit and vegetables! is a common complaint, but you are the parent and can therefore do something about it!
If your child does not want it the first time, do not force it, but try again the next day. Offer the same for a number of days (3 to 5) in a row so that the green litter on the spoon will become more and more familiar. Even if your baby has finally opened the mouth, it is good to let your baby get used to the taste a few times before you switch to something else. The next vegetable also offers you 3 to 5 days in a row. Later you can also start with fruit.
Baby does not want to eat 9 months
Your baby does not eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. What do you have to do then? Especially if your baby is getting older, it is always important that your child gets fruit and vegetables. If your 9-month-old baby does not eat, something else may be going on. Such as teeth that come through, sore throat, fatigue or just not good.You can not expect your baby to eat as you expect. Do not worry too much about yourself and try to find out if something else is going on.
Also remember that a child will never starve himself. If your baby is hungry, that snack is probably included. Do not give your child any tasty things when they do not eat the vegetables. They never learn that.
If your baby refuses, you simply resubmit it the next day.
If you keep this up and do not offer other tasty alternatives, refusal usually stops automatically.
As long as your baby is growing well, alert and energetic, you really do not have to worry. It is very common that babies who are a bit older do not eat well for days or weeks in a row. If this goes to months it is good to go to the doctor. But of course you can also. Do you notice that your baby is sluggish? Then you better go to the doctor right away!
If your child does not want to eat, you can try the Rapley method once. This means that you give your baby a plate with larger pieces of vegetables and fruit. The so-called 'finger food'. Then you let your baby play with it and hopefully your baby will automatically put it in the mouth once. Be aware that your baby does not put the pieces of fruit or vegetables too far into the mouth, because then your baby gagging. My baby does not eat a lot of vegetables and fruit will last longer than you would like.