Thursday, October 26, 2006

Day 248 - Get in the Habit - Fruits and Vegetables

Today's first time parenting tip - Give your baby at least a taste, hopefully 5 servings, of fruits and vegetables every day.

Part 1 of the Good Habit series - Good diet

I know how tempting it is to go the easy route and give your baby only the foods he likes. It's less fuss at the table, and everyone wins. I also know how hard it is to try and keep your baby sugar-free. It seems like everyone else in the world wants to give him chocolate, cake, cookies, tastes of sweets, etc. And then when you tell them to not give him those things, they look at you as if you're beating the poor kid.

How hard or how soft you are with the rules about sweets are up to you, but my take on the issue is - teach them how to eat right before you teach them how to eat wrong.

The first two years of your child's life set up their eating habits and preferences for their whole life, so giving them a well balanced diet with a variety of healthy foods is important.

Plus, your baby is too young to remember the sweets anyway. Sometimes you have to ask yourself...what would giving my baby sweets do for them?

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