Parents seem to have the biggest influence on a baby after giving birth. They spend so much time together that they subconsciously transfer all their skills and habits to the child. Over time, the little one begins to copy their words, movements, emotions and much more. So, the first years of your baby’s life is the best time to teach him or her everything you want as the little one absorbs all new knowledge and ideas like a sponge.
Why is teaching your loved one the right attitude to food important?
If you think that the way a baby is fed is not so important during the first months or years of life, as the baby doesn’t understand a lot, you are deeply mistaken. You need to pay as much attention to your little one’s diet as possible. The food you choose has its impact on physical health as well as mental health. Children who are fed with healthy, organic and fresh foods don’t lack any vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are necessary for their growth and development. Moreover, they are creating your baby’s attitude to food for their whole life. It means if a little one is taught to eat fat or unhealthy food, they will be less likely to overcome it in adult life and it can lead to obesity and different health issues. So, sharing some knowledge with your baby, you need to bear in mind that it will affect their future.
If you are a parent, you are the main model of behavior for your baby. Try to stick to these simple daily rules to teach a baby the right attitude to food.
1. Eat the same food the children are served.
It’s more likely that your little one will just take an example from you. Even though you are serving steamed vegetables to your child and eating pizza yourself at the same time, it’s almost impossible for him to enjoy veggies while seeing you eating pizza. So, it’s your responsibility to show your baby that healthy food is really good that you want to eat it yourself.
2. Don’t follow the restrictive diet plan
It’s not recommended to limit your baby in food. It’s okay to give your baby to try different kinds of food even those that are not fully healthy. You might think that by limiting your little one with allergens like nuts or citrus you will protect him or her from allergic reaction. But, otherwise, it’s better to allow a baby to try it in small quantities.
3. Your child’s food shouldn’t be fatty
You need to find out about different types of food that have positive effects on children and negative ones. Fatty food has a lot of calories that aren’t always healthy for a baby. It’s great advice to control these calories in order not to expose the child to danger. Avoiding fatty food you will not allow the child to become obese. It’s better to include low-fat or fat-free daily products, breads, cereals and poultry without skin.
4. Turn off videos while eating.
Nowadays, that is a common mistake when parents turn on some cartoons while feeding their children. Of course, it facilitates parent’s lives as videos take the full attention of kids and it’s easier to make them eat something. But easier does not always mean better. Your child will be distracted from food that he consumes, and will not really understand what’s happening. So, it’s just crucial for your baby to eat without TV or Youtube in order to think about this process.
5. Choose organic baby foods
While choosing organic baby foods you enrich your baby with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and other nutrients and, moreover, that’s how you care about your child. Organic means healthy as organic baby foods are grown in pure natural conditions and don’t include antibiotics, GMOs, pesticides, hormones and other adverse ingredients. And we are sure that you don’t want your little one to consume them.
6. Eat together as a family
It’s important to teach your baby not only to eat healthy foods but also to do it correctly. While eating together as a family you show to children that family is one organism. Make this process a family tradition and make it pleasant with sharing and conversation. It’s a popular way that experts claim to be effective to become united with other family members.
7. Don’t force them to eat
While putting pressure on your child, you may ruin your close relationship and, moreover, discourage them from eating. Don’t force a kid to eat specific foods that he or she doesn’t really enjoy or to finish a plate. On the contrary, it will increase their resistance to eating. If a baby isn’t into veggies, for example, but you understand how healthy and useful they are, try to find some recipes that will include them in small quantities, will be combined with favorites and look attractive.
8. Include children in shopping and preparation of food
Food is not only tasty while eating it but also interesting to choose and cook it. The child has to know about that. Kids are always curious about something new. When you’ll try to choose veggies, fruit or other foods together, they will show their interest in eating it later. That’s how you can share your knowledge about healthy and unhealthy foods, teach some basics about finances while buying something, show the process of cooking and teach some safety rules, and spend time together interestingly at the same time.