Psychologist reveals the nine feeding faces all parents need to know

Mail Online | 4/18/2019 | Bryony Jewell For Mailonline
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From a wrinkled nose to pursed lips and a gaping mouth, it can be hard to know what your little one is thinking the first time they try a new taste.

Research by baby food company Piccolo revealed that 20 per cent of parents find weaning a stressful experience, while 53 per cent completely misread their babies' faces.

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Now, leading baby psychologist Caspar Addyman has deciphered what each facial expression means and reassured parents about the funny faces pulled in the kitchen.

Along with Piccolo's infant nutritional specialist and co-founder Alice Fotheringham, who is from London, Caspar observed three babies trying various foods and captured their reactions.

Research - Sweet - Savoury - Flavours - Reactions

The research revealed that sweet or savoury flavours received the most positive reactions - perhaps because they are the two tastes in breast milk.

The experts also explained it can take 12 tries for a baby to decide if they like a flavour, so parents shouldn't be put off trying again if they see a lowered brow.

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'Uncertainty around babies' food faces tend to arise when parents assume their child is showing signs of dislike,' said Caspar.

'But more often it's simply curiosity about a new flavour. For example, when a child squints, wrinkles their nose or lowers their brow they are simply displaying signs of mild dislike.'

'Research - Babies - Attempts - Flavour - Signs

She added: 'Research shows it takes babies up to 12 attempts to adjust to a new flavour so unless you see all of three signs of dislike together, I would recommend you persevere.'

'And, of course, if baby is really unhappy you WILL know about it! Learning to read your baby's feeding time expressions doesn't have to be a traumatic experience.'

Caspar - Alice - Babies - Kaiden - Myla

Caspar and Alice observed three babies - Kaiden, Myla, and Eva - to determine the nine feeding faces, and captured each of the results on camera.

Sweet or savoury

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