Parenting: 3 Key Things To Consider Before Introducing New Meal To Your Toddler
We now live in an era where many people have come to the realisation that consuming too much processed food can pose some serious health risks.
This is why more people are opting for fresh, organic foods as much as possible.
This is also the reason a lot of mothers out there are searching and creating healthy recipes to feed their little children.
Wholesome and healthy meals are essential for children's growth.
Some mothers have even set up Facebook groups where they share and compare recipes with other moms.
However, if you are a new mom trying to find the right natural food combination for your growing baby, don't be so quick to jump on the band wagon and try everything you see.
There are some important factors you need to consider before you take the leap.
1. Do your research: Just because a particular food combination worked perfectly for someone's baby doesn't mean it would work for yours too.
First find out what each food in the suggested recipe contains. Which nutrients will your baby get from each food?
Is the combination a balanced diet? Will your child enjoy it? Asking yourself these questions will guide you in making the right choice.
2. Ask your paediatrician: Asking your child's paediatrician for suggestions and advice on meal plans is a great idea, especially if the doctor has been treating your baby since birth.
S/he knows your child's medical history and is in the best position to tell you what kind of foods you should or shouldn’t feed the child from a medical point of view.
3. Try them out yourself: Babies are born with fully developed taste buds, so they can tell if a meal is tasty or not.
Some mothers get frustrated when their little ones reject a seemingly delicious food, but they fail to realise that even babies have preferences.
Before giving your toddler any food, taste it and see if it's something that even you can stomach.
If you don't like it, don't expect your child to like it either.
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