How To Help Your Baby Establish Healthy Eating Habits
A good diet for your baby promotes success in life, alertness, and better physical health that on the other hand reflects a good mental and emotional health. Good eating habits for your child is a great weapon against obesity. It happens when your child eats many calories than he or she can utilize. Nearly 1 out of a group of four children with ages of 2 to 5 is found to be obese. An overweight child may become susceptible to diseases such as diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. No parent would want her child to be sick. Likewise, no parent would neither want her child to feel like an outsider or get bullied because of his or her weight.
Mealtime with your kids can be so much fun, but it comes to times whereby it can be very frustrating. When it comes to your little ones, food becomes a very important factor of consideration by the parent since it plays a major contribution to the child's general outlook and success in future. It is therefore important to seek advice as a parent on the best eating habits to implement on your child. Don't worry because I have explained everything you should do in the article below. Here are some of the important ideas you should apply to your child's feeding habits.
Establish nutrition excellence in your child
What your child eats may affect how he or she grows and learns yet there is a minimal opportunity for you as a parent to take part. As a good parent, you should make sure that you utilize that you utilize that opportunity exhaustively. It has been found that giving your child small amounts of sweet, fats and salty foods can play a great role in making them prefer such kind of foods as compared to healthy and nutritious foods. Though, not all but most children tend to eat what they are used to or exposed to and then chose what
they best like.
Here are a few tips that can help you establish healthy eating habits for your kid:
- Avoid mealtimes that may seem more like a battleground. You should take control of what your child eats and your child can take part in controlling the portions.
- Practice whatever you preach. It may not be logic if you train your child to eat foods which you don't eat yourself.
- Try as much as possible to avoid offering food as rewards. Your child may get used to it and always expect food for every activity accomplished.
- Don't stress. It won't go as planned. instead, give it some time, and in a matter of time, you will be there with the right intentions.
- Do not encourage your child to eat more when they have signaled that they are satisfied. This may lead to an increase in appetite for your child.
- Avoid as much as you can to use food in regulating your child's mood. I can tell you that this is dangerous as it can greatly undermine your child's ability to regulate his or her rate of food intake.
- You should never expect grandparents to practice what you preach. They are free to make their guidelines.
Why is your child a picky eater?
Several reasons may make your child pick foods they prefer and reject other foods. They may include:
Sensory issues- your child may be picky due to how food looks, smells, tastes and at times the texture of the food. Some minor changes such as a change in a brand can also influence acceptance of food to a child.
Zinc deficiency- zinc is a very important nutrient for your child, and once it lacks, your child looses tests and texture in food turning out to be choosy. You should avoid giving your children much of processed foods such as bread, and crackers play a great role in depleting zinc in the body.
Parents being fussy with their food- the fussiness can be passed over to their children. As a good parent, you should teach your children to be polite in refusing certain foods. Instead of teaching them to use terms such as "yuk" show them to use just a simple "no."
Why won't your child eat vegetables?
Forcing your child to eat vegetables will never work they will instead like them less. Try eating the vegetables yourself and serve as a good example. By doing this, your children will take a step of outing some in their mouth simply because they have learned from you that eating vegetables is not that bad after all. Avoid using deserts as a bargaining tool as your children will come to learn that vegetables are not that good as compared to deserts that you give them.
Why is chewing good for your child?
Processed foods require less of chewing. It is recommended that you train your children to chew vegetables once they are old enough. This will make their teeth strong and less crowded hence no need to use braces.
Some basic guidelines parents should be aware of
Organic foods are best for your child
Fresh food is best. Avoid processed foods that may contain various flavors and food color that may affect the health of your child. If you can, you better prepare your child's food yourself to ensure that the food is hygienic and that it is well balanced.
The best time to control food preference and diet for your child
The earlier, the better. Pre-school may get your last chance to control your child's diet. Use this time to develop a taste for fresh food. The good thing about it is that your child will get brain nourishment at his or her early life stages which make learning easy and gives a good memory. Your child will also develop resistance to diseases keeping him or her strong and healthy.
Become a Nutrition detective
You need to be a nutrition detective to be able to determine whether food is the cause of your child's problems. Information about diet can be confusing at times, and it is therefore important that you visit a nutritionist once in a while. Good health is greatly influenced by good dietary habits in early childhood.