Health greatly depends on what YOU put on your plate. The output that you see externally on your body and health is a result of your input, that is, food intake. It is very important that you monitor your child’s food intake from birth. Healthy eating and a balanced meal can work wonders on your body and keep you fit and active. It is hence, especially helpful if you start as a child. In this article, we have listed out some healthy eating tips for infants and toddlers.
1: GOOD NUTRITION STARTS WITH THE MOTHER:
A child’s health is always dependant on the mother. Especially as infants, mothers are solely responsible for what nutrition goes into their baby’s body. It is important that new moms rely more on breastfeeding rather than just feeding formula to the baby because breast milk is more healthy and nutritious than anything you can give your child.
There is a good chance that your baby like every other, has a few foods they aren’t particularly psyched about. Quite the contrary, they might scream their lungs off if you try to feed them the same. However, it is important that you don’t give up as a mom. Just because your baby made a funny face or cried the first time you fed him or her green vegetables doesn’t mean you should cave and stop including it in their diets. Don’t let your baby scare you away from feeding him or her healthy food.
3: VARIETY IS GOOD:
It is never healthy to just feed your baby the same formula for months on an end because one, he or she will quickly get bored of it and two, formula alone will not provide all the required nutrition. Slowly start introducing your child to other important food items like vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy etc. in order to encourage a balanced diet which they can continue throughout their lifetime. A healthy lifestyle starts at home and should be introduced by the mother.
4: DO IT YOURSELF:
Instead of always relying on the baby formula you find in supermarkets that you just need to add milk or water too, learn to make food yourself for your baby. Home cooked meals are always the healthiest no matter how much any of these food brands promote healthy ingredients.
5: BE PERSISTENT AND PATIENT:
Be patient when it comes to feeding your baby. As mentioned above, there is definitely a chance they will not like certain foods and will make their feelings clear about the same through screaming and crying. Instead of forcing it down their throats, have patience be persistent. Little children always imitate very thing parents or older siblings do. Try to set an example by eating healthy food yourself, so your child imitates you.