Children's acceptance of new foods at weaning. Role of practices of weaning and of food sensory properties

Appetite. 2011 Dec;57(3):812-5. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.05.321. Epub 2011 May 27.


Weaning (i.e. introduction of complementary foods) is a transitional process between the consumption of a unique food, milk, and family foods. This review of existing literature regarding factors favouring the development of food acceptance at the beginning of weaning underlines in particular the roles of repeated exposure, of introduction of a variety of foods, of timing of introduction of weaning foods, and of food sensory properties (texture, taste and flavours). All factors appear to play a role in the acceptance of weaning foods. The efficiency, most favourable windows and long-term impact of each of these factors is not known accurately.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology*
  • Food Preferences / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Food
  • Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Taste*
  • Weaning*