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Getting your child to eat healthy

When my 29 year old was a baby he had no desire to eat until 9 months old. His first food was avocado, a sort of fruit/veggie. We added peas, carrots, then fruit. As he grew up into his three’s and fours, we added sprout balls (sprouts rolled up into nutritional yeast) and tofu cubes along with lots of other healthy foods. I could eat ice cream in front of him and he wouldn’t even beg it because he didn’t know what it was, he had never had it. (I, on the other hand was feed it every other nights as a child). To this day he eats very healthy.

The point is we ate really good therefore my kids would eat really good, junk food wasn’t an options as it didn’t exist in their minds. You can’t miss what you don’t know.

Babymoon Parenting blog has a post called “It’s not you…it’s me?” Article by Kelly Spec, Registered Dietitian – Spectrum Nutrition
Instructor at Babymoon Parenting in Vancover , BC. I just had to repost her—of course with her permission.

This is such basic, smart, common sense stuff but time and time again I am amazed how many parents don’t get it. Thanks for the reminder to all parents. I wish this article was mandatory reading before someone has their first child. I have such a long list of mandatory reading for 1st time parents.

Is your toddler a ‘picky eater’?  Or not eating at all?  The biggest mistake I see parents make is thinking their child’s picky eating is just the child’s personality when in fact, the issue usually stems from how the parents are feeding their toddlers.

{to read middle of article click here at Babymoon}

If parents do their job of providing a variety of foods at predictable times, in a predictable setting, toddlers can do their job of eating.  Children will not starve themselves (thank goodness this is an innate quality we are all born with!) but they do need their parent’s trust to do their job of eating.