It may seem logical that all food given to baby should taste exactly as is, with no flavour or seasoning added to it and that bland food is best for babies. You may worry that additional seasoning can be overwhelming your baby’s taste buds.
The truth is that mixing flavour and creating taste sensations through clever recipes and seasoning is a good idea to entice happy eating at this age. The only rules for seasoning baby food are:
- No added sugars
- No added salt
Social butterflies and Settled babies tend to like more seasoning. Likewise, breastfed babies typically are more likely to engage with the family table flavours due to exposure in the flavour of breast milk before weaning.
It is worth taking a varied approach. When you try a new food with your baby, allow him to taste it on its own without any seasoning. The next time, combine the food with complementary foods. Thereafter it is worth adding some seasoning that you typically use when cooking that same food for the whole family. That way it’s an easier transition. You could prepare a meal for the whole family and season lightly with salt for the older family members, keeping salt out of your baby’s food.