If up to the age of eight months, baby thinks that he is one with his mother, around the age of 4 months he nevertheless becomes aware of the fact that he interacts, by his tears, with her mother. The first steps towards empowerment followed at eight months, by the clear awareness that he is not his mother. This is a crucial stage in his development during which he needs reassurance. Food diversification, which begins in the 4 to 6 months period is another way to support the empowerment of the child. But the discovery of the world generates anxiety in the tiny, which must be reassuring. By incorporating new foods, discovering unknown flavours, testing different textures, he opens small windows on an unknown world. Torn between the need for discovery and fear of the unknown, he will need to be accompanied and supported by his parents so as to live his empowerment in the best way possible.

In practice: Avoid starting nutritional variety outwith the reassuring frame of the home. Be available at this moment. Observe your baby’s facial expressions, his mimics in reaction to these new tastes. Praise him for his successes. Reassure him if he does not want to try something new, if it is not today, it will be another day. Do not place too much importance on these experiments. Successful or not, there is plenty of time for both baby and you to get there. Be ready to watch your baby become empowered. Sometimes parents also have trouble seeing their baby grow…