Adequate nutrition during infancy is essential for lifelong health and wellbeing. An infant should be breastfed for at least 6 months and should be given proper nutrition in just one gulp. Every bite of food and every gulp of liquid can make a contribution to your child’s ability to gain weight, grow and be better nourished. Keep these nutritional boosts in mind:
Important Points for Infant Nutrition:
Be sure to add and/or cook vegetables with fat, such as butter and/or oils.
Add sauces such as cheese, hollandaise, or sour cream to boost calories.
Dip fresh fruit in yogurt, fruit dips, or peanut butter.
Double dress pasta–rinse and toss with olive oil, then add butter, cheese or sauce.
Choose 2% or whole milk, instead of skim or 1% fat.
Reconstitute soups and prepare oatmeal with milk instead of water.
Boost baked goods such as healthy muffins, cookies, or pancakes with an extra egg or dry milk powder.
Add in a pre-bedtime meal
Stick to a meal and snack schedule
No doubt, feeding kids is one of the greatest responsibilities a parent has, and perhaps the most repetitive, challenging, and mundane chore.
One of the challenges we see in parents practice is picky eating. The child who refuses to eat can be a real stressor on families.
Remember, young children, eat small volumes of food compared to kids and adults. Bowlfuls of food for baby, or medium-size portions of different food groups at one sitting for the toddler may overdo it and exceed their nutritional requirements.
It’s not your job to get your child to eat –
Your job is to set up a positive environment at mealtime so that your child enjoys coming to the table.
Your job is to create eating opportunities several times each day, based on your child’s age so that he can meet his appetite and nutritional needs.
Your job is to select, cook and assemble a well-balanced meal that is tasty and has eye-appeal.
Maybe you need to ease up on the worry about eating and lean into cultivating the positive behaviors you want to see from your child.