#5 – Let your baby be our guide
For the first 4-6 months of life, most babies will get all the nutrition they require from their mother’s milk or formula. At around this same age, your baby will also start to give you signs that s/he is ready to move on to the next stage of eating solid foods. Typical signs and cues to look for:
Be sure to introduce new foods over a period of time, allowing 3-5 days lag between each new food to be sure your baby doesn’t have a reaction.
#4 – Go for organic
In addition to eliminating toxic residue such as herbicides, pesticides and fungicides, organic produce is higher in certain vitamins and minerals. For example, organic crops contain 27% more vitamin C, 21% more iron, 29% more magnesium and 13% more phosphorus. This improvement in nutritional quality is largely due to the health and richness of the soil.
#3 – Fresh is best
Instead of going for jarred baby food that has the potential of contamination – go for fresh! A hidden danger with baby food is that parents may feed their little one directly out of the jar. In doing so, saliva can be transferred to the jar which promotes bacterial growth when placed back in the fridge. In addition, once baby food is opened, it only lasts 1-3 days in the fridge.
As a healthier alternative, you can either make your own homemade baby food or use one of the many delicious Sweetpea Baby Food recipes. Sweetpea offers a variety of fruit, vegetables and protein options that are packaged in individual ice cube trays. This eliminates the potential for cross contamination while also providing parents with a “just like homemade” easy option.
#2 – Watch the salt intake
You should never add extra salt to your babyies’ food in their first year as it can be damaging to the kidneys. Whatever they need can be gotten from breast milk and from foods naturally. All Sweetpea varieties are “no salt added” recipes.
#1 – Know that your baby is unique
All children are different when it comes to appetite and eating habits. One child may eat anything he is served, while another may have a small appetite and be a bit of a fusspot. If parents are feeding their baby with optimal nutritional choices such as organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, essential fats and proteins, they should feel secure that they are paving a path of optimal health and development. Keep in mind that babies are more in tune with their hunger signals and cues than we are. It is not wise to ever force a baby to eat.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your baby’s nutritional needs, you should talk to your doctor . As a first step you can e-mail your questions to www.sweetpeababyfood.com and we will try and help you.
In a nutshell:
Starting your little one off with good eating habits and nutritious food can help to set the stage for a lifetime of healthy living. Learning the fundamentals of nutrition will be a lifetime gift you give to your child. Bon appetite!
Reprinted with permission from Sweetpea Baby Food www.sweetpeababyfood.com