If parent reports fussiness and/or sleeping problems, counsel about the importance of appropriate complimentary food introduction. Share potential calming and soothing strategies for infants, as well as coping strategies for parents.
Encourage parents to wait until around 6 months to introduce solids.
Remind parents that this is a very important time and the kinds of foods your baby eats now help him to enjoy healthy foods later.
Counsel about the importance of introducing a wide variety of foods, especially vegetables and fruits. As the infant grows, it is important to expose the baby to variety of textures.
Explain that sometimes it takes a baby 10-15 tries over time before they will actually accept a new food.
Explain that this 10-15 tries is over a period of months and to not get discouraged.
To address concerns about waste, discuss strategies that limit wasted food, such as not feeding directly from a jar but removing a small serving from a jar to a different container.
You can reassure parents that it is okay if the infant doesn’t like something the first time, and it is important to keep offering it.