One of the funniest and most enjoyable things ever is watching your baby's reaction to trying new foods. The internet is flooded with videos of infants trying things like lemons, peas, or sweets for the first time and their faces are seriously so priceless. But what are they actually experiencing? Wouldn't it be fun to be able to go back to that time and experience things for the first time? Turns out, there are some things that happen in your baby's brain when they eat something new, and it's pretty fascinating.
While I didn't get it on video, I'm pretty sure I have my son's reaction to trying puréed carrots for the first time in my head forever and it does not disappoint. If you think about it, it must be so strange trying food for the very first time, like, literally ever. Up until that point, the only thing your baby has ever eaten has either been breast milk or formula, which both have a creamy and sweet kind of taste. So imagine going from a 100 percent creamy and sweet diet to something as different as peas in a jar. Shock, right? So, to take a deeper look into what actually happens during this experience, I interviewed Melanie Potock, a feeding specialist and author of the book Adventures in Veggieland, to understand what exactly happens in a baby's brain when they eat something for the first time.