If your morning begins with sandwiches, you prefer sausages for lunch or dinner, and around the house, instead of fruit, there are bowls of candy and cookies, then it’s your food habits that will develop in your child, not only in the period of active growth and development. throughout life.
Yes, all children have different appetites and each has their favorite foods, however, it is important for parents to understand the general principles of good baby food so as not to make common mistakes.
1. «Adult» and «baby» food
Many parents tend to extremes.
Some seek to enrich the food of the child as much as possible. "by adults" flavors: from an early age, baby is added to food — salt, sugar, spices, they offer allergenic products, products with preservatives and questionable food additives. That is, the line between children’s and adult food is erased.
Other parents meticulously control the correctness of baby food, while their own diet consists of low-value or even harmful foods.
Unfortunately, children eventually adopt their eating habits and habits.
Without fanaticism, follow the recommendations of experts in the preparation of the child’s diet and do not forget about the psychological component of this process, first of all, you are your role model for your child !.
2. kinks and pressure
Dividing food into useful and harmful, adults sometimes believe that there is not much food with a plus sign, and if a child does not love her, you just have to make.
Our expert, nutritiologist, Elena Motova, wrote in the article “What should I do if a child eats poorly?”: “Food without appetite, but under duress, will simply not be properly assimilated and will bring nothing but harm.”
In baby food, it is important to adhere to three important criteria: useful properties, measure and goodwill.
Not all healthy products are suitable for children: for example, turnips, radishes, beets, beans and peas can provoke flatulence, intestinal colic and even diarrhea. And this means that we should not thoughtlessly include healthy foods in the child’s diet, it is necessary to carefully study their properties and the reaction of the child’s body and specifically your baby.
Even the most useful products can cause individual intolerance.
The diet of the child should be balanced, there should be a place for meat and fish, carbohydrates and fats. If from all fruits and vegetables, your child loves 3-5 — this is already good.
Offer to try everything else too, but in no case do not force — children sometimes better interpret the needs of their body, they are thinner than adults feel that he needs.
Make sure the child does not perceive the food as "obligation", let him become a participant of the experiment, when you offer him new products, dishes and tastes.
And try to respect the measure in everything.
3. Power Mode
It’s not easy for parents here: some experts say that proper nutrition is three times a day, others are more fractional, and still others are sure that you need to feed the child only when he is hungry and he will ask for it.
But the main thing for parents is to understand that the child is not a robot, so it is not always possible to subordinate it to a clear system.
Today, he simply did not really want to eat, but tomorrow he will more than make up for it. It also happens that, playing, the baby just forgets that it’s time to eat.
But once the body «forgot», then he did not want to?
Is it possible?
But this does not mean that you can put everything to chance!
All the body finally wakes up at different times, understand when this happens with your child and offer him a hearty breakfast, so that he has the strength for daytime activity .. Well, and then watch. Feed when a child says that he is hungry, and if he doesn’t think about lunch or dinner for a long time, remind him that it’s time to eat.
Got a rejection?
Wait a while and remind again.
Do not forget about the simple ways "put on" appetite — hiking, outdoor games, sports.
Children who spend a lot of time outside the house or apartment, as a rule, have an excellent appetite.
According to our expert Elena Motova: if a child moves a little (and now it is often observed), almost does not spend energy, then, of course, he doesn’t need to replenish it, that’s why these children have no appetite.
Instead of using force to feed the child, it is better to change the schedule of his day.
Try to sit at the table with the whole family, so that your baby from an early age knows that this is not only a satisfaction of natural need, but also an opportunity to socialize together.
The child must understand that he has a choice of dishes and his tastes are taken into account when they are cooked.
4. Eat until the end
This error is logically related to the previous one.
Let’s abstract and imagine. car. In the morning we poured gasoline into it, the tank is full. The car was standing before lunch and the fuel was not wasted, but we, having decided that it was time, we again approach the car and try to fill the gasoline again.
But this is not just not necessary, there is no physical ability to pour something into a full tank.
So with baby food!
Our figurative comparison is intended for those parents who force the child to eat everything that is laid on the plate.
And no matter what the child does not want, he ate, he has what is called a full tank.
Let the child determine the degree of satiety.
In the end, it’s okay if he quickly gets hungry and after a short time he will come for supplement!
5. Prohibited food as a promotion
You, as responsible parents, inspire your child that fast food, sweet drinks and sweets in general are extremely harmful.
How caring parents replace such junk food with healthy home. But you know perfectly well that any child is hurt by everything that is harmful — in the store he begges for chips, in the heat he asks for sweet soda, and he will gladly exchange his home dinner for a big mac.
Often parents are ready to lift bans in exchange for good behavior or good grades. Do you understand what a strange logic?
Harmful food needed. deserve it, be worthy of it, try to get it.
And wholesome food is what the child gets in any case, this is a given.
So the child gets a distorted understanding of what is good and what is not.
He has the wrong eating habits: harmful or useless food is a well deserved holiday, and all that is necessary for the body and useful is harsh and tasteless everyday life.
6. By example
But it could have been different if you realized that the principles in the output of «child» and «adult» food should not differ. Do not forget, it is you — the main example for your child.
If your morning begins with sandwiches, you do not cook vegetable salads for lunch and dinner and love sausages most of all, and not fruits, but sweets and other sweets in bowls are placed around the house — do not expect your child to have correct eating habits.
He, most likely, in accuracy will repeat habits of adults.