Eating healthy is a choice, and it also takes some effort. When it comes to feeding your baby, you should go that extra step to offer nutrient-rich foods that promote healthy growth and development. Baby care products, cookbooks, and magazines are great tools to learn more about healthy eating for infants and toddlers. If you are not sure how to get started, these four ways to incorporate better nutrition for your baby can help you start the new year right.
- Go for whole foods. The more processed a food is, the more likely that nutrients have been lost as additives and preservatives are included. Lean meats, poultry, fish, fresh fruits, and vegetables are better choices for growing minds and bodies.
- Find the right time. Babies can be finicky eaters, especially when they are trying something new for the first time. Take a bit of the battle out of it by introducing healthy foods at a mealtime earlier in the day or for snacks after a nap. If your baby is not cranky, he or she may be more receptive to trying new flavors and textures.
- Know your stuff. If you learn more about what nutrients are essential for infant growth, you can add those into your baby’s meals to boost their wellbeing. Vitamins A, C, and D are important as well as iron, calcium, and zinc. Certain foods pack more of a wholesome punch, so educate yourself.
- Do it yourself. The best way to know exactly what your baby is eating is to make your own baby food. It’s not as difficult as it sounds. There are several products you can try to cook, puree, and store baby food, but they are not all created equal. The best baby food processor that makes it easy for you is one from the Babycook® line because it can handle every step, from cooking to blending to storage and reheating.
With the right tools this year, you can be your own baby food chef! Learn more about Babycook® processors by visiting the BÉABA website. They have innovative products to kick your parenting up a notch as your baby grows.