How Can I Help My Baby Develop Good Eating Habits?
The long-term health and development of your child depends on his/her nutritional habits developed during the early years of life.
What are good eating habits?
Good eating habits comprises of consuming the right food at the right time and in the right quantity. Consumption of a balanced diet is very important for your child’s growth and development. Hence make sure to include food that is rich in energy and all macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamin, minerals) in your child’s diet. Moreover, ensure to include green leafy vegetables and seasonal fruits daily in their diet. Make their eating interesting and exciting by including nutritious snacks. Add new items as often as possible in their menu as children like variety.
Importance of good eating habits to prevent micronutrient deficiencies.
Consumption of Nutrient dense food is very important to avoid the risk of nutrient deficiencies in your child. Good nutrition helps your child grow healthy and be active. If the food provided does not meet the nutritional requirements of the child, then your child may be at risk of not achieving the optimal growth potential. It may also impact the memory and learning abilities.
Making good habits easier
- Encourage your child to eat by himself/herself.
- Prepare healthy and tasty food for your child.
- Try preparing different food recipes that vary in taste and texture. This will encourage your child to look forward for his/her food.
- Motivate your child to eat, but never force-feed your child.
- Make feeding times fun and interesting by talking to them.
Remember, although children cannot have large quantities of food at each meal owing to their small tummies, their nutritional needs are high to support their development and daily activities and hence the need for your child to consume nutrient dense food.