The number one rule a mother should follow is never to force-feed your baby. If your baby does not like peas, it is not the end of the world. It is common for a lot of babies to have a dislike for vegetables.
This is completely normal. But, you should know that 85% of pea-haters often turn to pea-lovers later on. Mothers have to remember that the best way to introduce your baby to new foods is by being patient.
You have first to desensitize your baby to the taste. What this means is you have to let your baby adjust to the taste before you can proceed with anything else.
This can easily be accomplished using the new food for the first bite each day for the next week or so. But you cannot force your baby to eat more of the new food than they are ready for.
Your baby will grow to hate it more than love it. Keep in mind that every food is different. Sometimes new tastes take longer to acquire than others.
But the good thing is that you are exposing your baby to healthier foods, and that’s always a plus. Exposing your child to healthier foods early on can help form healthy habits later on in life. But remember, patience is always key.
If your baby does not like a particular food, don’t give up. You could always try something different. Instead of focusing on that one food, in particular, you can try to add another food to the equation. For instance, if your child does not like peas, try adding sweet potatoes, and mix them.
Sweet potatoes are not always necessary, but you can try it. And the reason why the sweet potato is a good example is that it’s sweet, and all babies love sweet.
But, if for some reason you’re baby does not like sweet potato, you can always add another food to replace it. If your baby hasn’t developed a liking to peas after introducing it to them 6 or 10 times and your baby doesn’t like it mixed with other things either, then maybe it’s time to give up on peas.
Like many other vegetables, green peas are good for you. Whether it’s for you or your baby, but not only is green peas good for you, you can always make it in different ways as well. Usually, when green Pease is prepared for babies, some mothers tend to mush them together.
But they can also be steamed, boiled, or even prepared frozen. And because of their size, green peas are not a potential choking hazard when offered frozen.
With that being said, they are many ways you can get your baby to eat green peas. You never know, they might prefer it made one way opposed to another.
Knowing when to give up
When you have exhausted all of your options, you have no choice but to move on. As a mother, you want your baby to eat certain foods. But sometimes you have to face reality.
With that being said, if you have tried multiple times to get your baby to like a certain food and they still haven’t found a liking to it, then you have to give up.
Because it should never get to a point where you have to force-feed your baby, that is not an experience you want to go through with your body. It will only cause more headaches than necessary.
Not only that, but it can force your baby to hate the food more than they probably had before. Everyone is not the same. There are some things you like, and there are some things you don’t like. That applies to everyone, including your baby.
Changing switching vegetables
Just because it didn’t work out with one vegetable doesn’t mean it may not work out with another.
Sometimes when a baby doesn’t like a certain food, your best bet is to move on and possibly switch to something else.
The good thing about that is there plenty of vegetables your baby can move on to. Below are other vegetables your baby could learn to like:
- Root vegetables
- Butternut squash
- Sweet potato
Ignoring the faces
Sometimes when you’re feeling baby vegetables, they make nasty faces. This is completely normal. Know that just because your baby is making all of these facial expressions indicate that they might not like what their eating doesn’t mean that they won’t eat it.
Doctors have even stated that some babies continued to accept spoonfuls of the vegetables even after making those faces.
If this happens to you when you’re feeding your baby, you know that everything is going according to plan. Because if a baby doesn’t like something, they are not going to continue to eat it.
Instead, they are going to make a fuss about it. So always keep that in mind when you are introducing your baby to new foods.
Whatever you do, do not force feed your baby. That is the last thing you want to do. Your baby has to learn to love certain foods. And you cannot be the one to force them to do that.
Introducing your baby to new foods is a gradual process, and it’s going to take time to get used to. But don’t give up until you’ve exhausted all of your attempts.
The moment you’ve exhausted, all of your attempts is the moment where you have to move on.
Especially if every time you try to get your baby to eat it, they tend to throw it up. That could mean the food is not sitting right with their stomach. It’s definitely something to think about when you are introducing new foods to your baby.