Persistence pays off with weaning
Wednesday 8th March 2017
Was weaning stressful for you and your little one?
Research conducted by organic baby food brand Piccolo has discovered that weaning – the process of transitioning babies from milk onto solid food – is ranked as one of the most stressful parts of parenting (29%), coming after teething (55%) and childbirth (39%). Plagued with self-doubt, nearly half of the parents surveyed (48%) thought the struggles of weaning meant they were doing something wrong.
The survey also found that the stress of mealtimes means that half of parents often give up on trying to feed their baby healthy meals and resort to something unhealthy instead.
Alice Fotheringham, an experienced infant nutrition specialist who heads up the charitable work Piccolo does with food education, says: 'Weaning can certainly be stressful for parents, however, they shouldn't beat themselves up. It's important to remember that like adults, babies are individuals, with unique preferences and dislikes. We also shape our babies' enjoyment of foods through repeated exposure. Certain foods, such as vegetables, which tend to have less sweet flavours, may take a few more times to be accepted. It can take up to 12 times to introduce a new flavour to your baby, so do not be put off reintroducing a food even if it has been rejected that third or fourth time.'
Visit www.mylittlepiccolo.com for tasty recipe ideas to tempt little ones to try new foods and flavours.