Investigating Flavours and New Tastes
Are you thinking about weaning your baby soon?

We are designing a study to investigate how diet during pregnancy influences infants’ food preferences, but first we need your help.

Infant taste preferences develop early in life and may be influenced by exposure to flavours from the mother’s diet, which are experienced by the fetus through her amniotic fluid and breastmilk. We want to test whether increasing the variety of fruits and vegetables consumed in late pregnancy will increase the flavour exposure to infants and make them more likely to accept a wide variety of fruit and vegetables in childhood.  We will eventually test this hypothesis by observing babies’ reactions to different sweet/bitter flavours when they are introduced to solid foods – this is referred to as a flavour acceptance test.  The aim of this pilot study is to see if these tests work in a home environment, as part of the babies’ normal routine. 

This study will involve you spoon-feeding your baby fruit and vegetable purees, and filming it so we can see their facial expressions.  We will visit your home, at your convenience, to provide resources and guidance so that you can carry out the tests in your own time.  Around 4-10 feeding sessions are required and Mothers will be asked for their feedback about the tests and any problems encountered.

We are looking for:

  • Mums age 20+ with babies 4-6 months old who will be weaning within the next 3 months.
  • With access to email and a video recording device.

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Study Team