As a mother*, I’m not sure if the above statement is completely true, however, I do believe that good eating habits are set early in life. A habit is after all formed by repetition and young children as supposed to be like sponges, right? When we give so much importance, to how our children should deal with what comes out of the body (potty training) so early, shouldn’t we start with what goes in, even earlier?
Eager to get your child on the right path but don’t know how**? No worries, here’s a quick guide to get you started:
- Build on a baby’s love for colour and texture. Try a boiled and pureed carrot one day, and a steamed and mashed sweet potato the next.
- Make small quantities initially and don’t try to substitute a tasting for a meal. This will prevent both the child and the parent from finding the experience stressful. Experiment during playtime, rather than mealtimes.
- Note the child’s initial preferences and repeat rejected foods in a different form/combination after a gap.
- Talk to your pediatrician and always be prepared for possible allergic reactions.
- Make the experience comfortable by preparing, in advance, to deal with the potential food mess. Cloth the child in soft old clothes, cover the floor/table with disposable paper towels and stay away from walls/curtains that cannot be cleaned.
- Avoid trying new foods in the evenings as resources (energy, medical help, etc.) maybe low, making it a lot more difficult to deal with emergencies.
- Let the baby feel the food with his/her hands. it’s after all a first time experience for him/her.
- Don’t add salt or sugar to the vegetable. Let the child discover the original taste before we alter it.
- Don’t try anything new if the child is not feeling well.
- Most importantly, enjoy the time with your baby.
Have we missed anything here? Is there an experience you would like to share with us?
*Always check with your pediatrician before you try a new food or routine for your child. The author is not a childcare or medical expert and has only shared her opinion based on her personal experiences.
** There are a lot of books out there that will give you practical tips, as well as, detailed steps on this topic. Alternatively, you can speak to a doctor or nutritionist who specializes in children’s nutrition.
About the Author:
Niranjani is an entrepreneur and blogger who believes that good quality, affordable healthcare should be available to all. She occasionally puffs and pants her way through a 10k race to feel fit, despite her chaotic life.
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