Yorkshire expert helps read baby’s first food faces

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It’s a rite of passage all parents will remember – their little ones trying solid food for the first time.

And most will also have a series of photos of the comedy faces their babies pull as they try new taste experiences.

Some parents may recognise the grimaces in their fussy eater toddlers too.

Now, a Yorkshire expert has decoded some of these facial expressions to help parents understand what they really mean.

A survey by baby food brand Organix more than half of mums say facial expressions put them off trying to encourage their baby to like a new taste and flavour, while 42 per cent say they find it hard to get babies to try new foods during weaning.

Studies have found that it can take between 10 and 15 times to introduce a new food or flavour and Harrogate-based Vivien Sabel, a clinical psychotherapist and body language expert, said it was important for parents to understand their baby’s facial expressions.

“Just as we learn to interpret our baby’s signals when they’re sleepy, hungry, happy or windy, we can also read what those eye, brow, mouth, lip and tongue movements say about a new taste too.

“For example, what mums and dads might interpret as a look of shock or disgust, doesn’t necessarily translate as not liking the taste, what’s more likely is that baby is puzzled by the intensity of a new flavour.

“A surprised expression could be curiosity about the depth of flavour, the chances are they think the flavour is good but it’s very different to what they’ve eaten before – it’s all part of them experiencing and learning new tastes on their weaning journey.”

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