This stage of the child’s development, which leads to him ingesting other things than milk, occurs between 4 and 6 months. A crucial step for parents, it can be experienced as such by the baby depending on his ability to incorporate such an important change into his way of functioning.

 

For the baby, nutritional variety is on the whole a way for him to move forwards and to discover the world. By stimulating his taste buds, he can start building up his own list of food preferences. In general, when proposed with gentleness and respecting the baby’s rhythm, the transition is well received.

 

For the parent, ensuring nutritional variety is a way of accepting to watch baby grow. The loss of this inter-dependent state is compensated by the act of transmitting a food culture, an education, a sharing of taste sensations and learning to discover who this little eater is in front of you.

 

In practice: stay tuned to what your baby can do. Accompanying him as he evolves is to increase, little by little, his level of competences and to wait and see how he gets on.

For your part, allow yourself to be taken in to this area of discovery and play which is called nutritional variety. It is a puzzle in which we advance slowly, without really knowing the rules which are defined over time with the baby.