Should You “Start with Veggies” when Starting Solids?

“I was told I had to start with veggies or my baby wouldn’t ever like them,” said the DM from a worried new parent

Let me assure you this is absolutely a MYTH.

You DO NOT have to start with veggies to raise a child who loves veggies!

The true key to raising a veggie-lover is CONSTANT EXPOSURE!

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They can’t learn to like something that you (the adult) do not offer to them.

Remember, it can take up to 20 exposures to a veggie before a child tries it. But each touch, lick, or even spitting it out is still a step in the right direction.

So, serve vegetables daily at meals and snacks. This presence will allow kids to get used to vegetables and—gasp—one day even enjoy 😃 them!

But in the meantime keep this in mind – Your child’s health is not singularly defined by how many servings of vegetables they eat every day! In actuality, vegetables and fruits have similar nutrient profiles, and your child is more likely to get the nutrition they need by having access to a variety of different foods, not just vegetables.

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✅ focus on variety
✅ have fun
✅ incorporated novelty and fun
✅ add a dip
✅ enhance flavor with seasonings
✅ MODEL by eating them yourself!

But DON’T overthink it and stress about “what to start with” because where you start doesn’t matter as much as consistently offering foods

Published by snackswithjax

Sarah is the creator and mom behind "Snacks with Jax", a social media community of over 85,000 parents/caregivers, where she shares her son's meals, nutrition information, and evidence-based tips for feeding children. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition emphasizing in Wellness from Texas Woman's University and years of experience as a culinary instructor working with ages 2+. She has coached hundreds of parents & caregivers through the journey introducing solids to babies and also navigating picky eating with toddlers and older children. Her focus is on establishing a life-long healthy relationship with food for children while also empowering, encouraging, and educating their adult caregivers.

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