My Baby Doesn’t Like Bananas
Babies are picky when it comes to many things. They are picky when it comes to eating. You can bet your bottom dollar that if you have run across this article, you are here because you have a baby that is giving you major woes over some eating habits. It is not uncommon for babies to have issues with wanting to eat foods such as bananas. Specialist theorizes that this may be because of texture or past instances where there has been trauma that connects the food with the incident. Don’t give up on bananas quite yet; there is more that you can do before throwing in the towel. There are a few tips and tricks that might get you over the hump. Continue reading and see if there is anything helpful that could assist in your situation.
1. Change The Texture
Anyone who has ever dealt with a picky eater or has been a picky eater knows that the first rule in dealing with textures. For some reason, this is the hardest thing to overcome. Mushy foods are difficult to swallow. Surprise! Bananas are the mushiest! If texture happens to be your child’s issue, you may not be able to resolve this problem at the moment. To find this out, try giving your child a banana popsicle. If he or she likes the popsicle, then you know it is not the flavor that is undesirable. It is more than likely the texture. Now that you know it is the texture, you should try feeding them a banana that is more ripe than mushy. Avoid baby food and bananas that are old and have brown spots. Use ones that are more yellow with some green. This will ensure that they are harder and less mushy.
2. Consider Your Child Is Just Full
Many mothers are not sure when their child is full. You may feed your child their main dishes at the beginning and give them foods like bananas at the end. When you do this, they are full. A banana may not be your child’s favorite food anyway. That, coupled with a full belly, will leave them pushing that banana away from their face. You believe that they don’t like bananas when, in actuality, they are just full.
Try giving them a banana for a snack some time instead of at the end of their meals. This will tell you whether they like the banana or not. If they eat more of it or none at all, you will be able to tell their feelings about the fruit.
3. Consider A Digestive Disorder/Allergy
Anytime your child has trouble with eating certain foods, always think to yourself about digestive disorders and allergies. Watch him or her closely to see if maybe they do not like to eat certain foods because they cause them to have gas or pain in their stomachs. Does the food make them itch or have discomfort in some way, even if they can not stress it to you in some way? Some times your child is too young even to express it or notice, but it still happens. You, as a parent has to keep your eyes peeled so that you can be aware and notate so that you can take the proper actions if it is going on. If this is the case, take your little one to their healthcare professional and have them assessed so that you can get to the bottom of it and get them some relief quickly.
4. Do Not Force Feed
Force-feeding may be what your mother did to you growing up, but it is not what should be done to a child that is struggling with taking in food. This gives a child the feeling that mealtime is very unpleasant. As soon as breakfast, lunch, or dinner is approaching, they will begin a feeling of unpleasantness come over them and may not even know why. Your child will even feel this way on into adulthood. At school, as lunchtime approaches, while entering the cafeteria, they may feel alone and forced to perform. The food will be nasty to them, although they have never given it a try. You do not want your child to carry those feelings for life, so try to avoid forcing your child to eat.
5. Try Juicing It
Of course, as a parent, you take time to juice for yourself because it is a healthy way to get all of those fruits and veggies that you need, but have you ever thought of how helpful it would be with your child? Yes, if you are having trouble getting your child to eat bananas, but they like other fruits and veggies, just juice it in and disguise it with some others. As a parent, you have to get creative with those kiddos. It isn’t deceptive; it’s just creative! Your child will love the taste, and you will feel successful without the fight.
Picky eaters are a topic that every mother may feel like they encounter, but soon most will fizzle out. Sadly, some will encounter for a very long time. This can grow into an issue that is far more serious than you can ever imagine. The good news is that it can be helped at a very early age when addressed properly from a mother’s perspective. You hold the key, Mom! If you will follow some of these tips:
- Change The Texture
- Consider Your Child Is Just Full
- Consider A Digestive Disorder/Allergy
- Do Not Force Feed
- Try Juicing It
You can help your child overcome some of the starting points for becoming a picky eater. This will help your child fare well in the world. After all, this is what moms are supposed to do for their children.