Health Update: 3 Ways to Help Your Baby Love Fruits & Veggies

Ignore Those "Yucky" Faces

Yes, your baby will probably make a nose-wrinkling, brow-furrowing, mom-why-are-you-making-me-try-this face the first time you serve him something unfamiliar -- but that doesn't mean he won't eat still it. "That displeased look is a knee-jerk reaction," says Mennella. "We found that babies continued to accept spoonfuls of veggies even after making those faces."

The lesson: Look at the big picture. You don't want to force food on your baby, but don't go on his facial expressions alone. With repeated exposure, your baby may be quicker to increase fruit and veggie intake than he is to change the faces he makes while eating them.

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