The 9 biggest mistakes made when expanding a child's diet

Parents have a huge responsibility. Mom and dad shape healthy, correct eating habits of children with their attitude, example and actions, which is a very important challenge from the point of view of preventing obesity and lifestyle diseases, e.g. diabetes.

Unfortunately, practice shows that introducing new meals to the diet is difficult. That is why we make many mistakes, the consequences of which are difficult to fight afterwards.

Too fast (dynamic) diet expansion

What is too fast expanding the diet?

I will show this based on breastfeeding.

A child who has an expanded diet - should continue to eat mother's milk (this is best). Permanent meals should supplement natural breast milk (not the other way around - at least in the first year of a child's life). If mother feeds with modified milk - diet expansion should also be carried out systematically and gradually. Not suddenly and abruptly!

Covering the baby's energy requirements by breastfeeding in the first and second year of life:
0 - 6 months - 100%
6 - 8 months old - 70%
9-11 months - 55%
12 - 23 months old - 40%

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Adding sugar / salt to improve the taste

Getting used to sweet and salty foods from the first months of life is not a good idea. For many reasons to write about for a long time.

The basic thing is the baby's sensitive taste buds. It is enough for an infant to give a potato, a steamed carrot to give him an "extreme" taste sensation.

It seems to an adult that such a dish is distasteful or unfinished. So far, the child has not eaten solid food, which is why his preferences are not educated. If he receives a salted dish or fruit sprinkled with sugar, he will probably not want to eat them without supplements over time.

Serving large portions at once

Extending the diet must begin with small portions. All to watch how your baby's body reacts - whether there is indigestion or allergy.

It is often the case that the baby demands after the first teaspoon of the next portion. However, it is better to give him milk instead of another portion. The first days and weeks of expanding the menu are time for careful observation of the little ones.

Too many meals during the day

A child, like an adult, should eat 5 meals a day.

How is it in practice? 60% of babies eat a minimum of 7 meals a day.

Children eat too often, because parents want to quickly "transfer" them to solid foods and because they eat. The scale is huge! As much as 88% of children eat between meals. Unfortunately, it all starts in the first year of life.

Too many news at once

Preparing a meal should be based on proven products. If you have expanded your diet with potato, carrot, then another meal should be prepared based on these vegetables and add a third - e.g. broccoli or zucchini. We add a new ingredient in a small amount so that it does not change the taste of the whole meal too much.

We prepare the baby for the next ingredient using the small steps method.

Quick resignation, "because he doesn't like"

Scientists have found that it takes an average person some time to convince them of the new taste, texture and smell of a dish. Apparently, you need about 20 reps to form a new habit.

Therefore, if the boy clearly shows us that he does not like cauliflower, do not give up this vegetable. Let's serve it only consistently. Even if our attempts were to fail. In the end, the toddler will accept the new taste, and if not, we'll be sure that he certainly doesn't like it.

Feeding method "must eat", "still a teaspoon"

It is very important that the first meals are not accompanied by negative emotions, anger, frustration. It is understandable that when mom spent half a day looking for good quality ingredients: vegetables, meat, the next hour she cooked everything, she wants the baby to eat the dish with taste. Unfortunately, in nature there is usually a certain dependence - the more effort the parent puts into preparing a meal, the less interest in it. So shows the practice and experience of hundreds of parents around the world.