Guide to Introducing New Homemade Baby Foods
• Make the new food look appealing and interesting. Be creative - try different colors, shapes, and sizes. Give it an interesting name, such as "broccoli trees."
• Be a role model. Make sure your baby/toddler sees you and other family members eating and enjoying the new taste of the day.
• Try offering the new food at the beginning of the meal, when your child is likely to be most hungry.
• Add cooked vegetables to a soup; serve raw vegetables with a bit of salad dressing or a dip.
• Offer the new food in small servings to start. Too much of a new food can be intimidating for a little stomach.
• Don't give up too easily! Many children will reject a new food the first time it is offered. Wait a week and try again, or try preparing it in a different way or make into a different shape. Never force or coerce your child into trying something she doesn't want.