Feeding babies: The top 3 myths debunked
When it comes to feeding your little one, you only want the best. But did you know that some of the biggest practices surrounding what your child should and shouldn’t eat are all myths? Here, we break them down…
When it comes to feeding your kids, there’s no right way to go about it… We all know that junk food is bad, as are foods high in preservatives etc. That’s why, as parents, we tend to look towards the old, traditional way of doing things – but that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Here are some of the biggest myths about what you should be feeding your little one, and why you should stop believing them immediately:
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Start Baby on Bland Food
Breastmilk is sweet, so it comes as little surprise that when a baby moves onto solids it doesn’t want to eat things like broccoli because they’re bitter. So instead of pumping your baby full of sugar, it’s actually important to come up with creative ways of giving them healthy food without them resisting it. Babies can tolerate spices from an early age – around six months – so add a bit of flavour to their next meal and you’ll see how quickly they scoff it down. Also, try mix in some fruit with the veggies so your baby gets their nutritional needs met, as well as their sweet tooth satisfied.
Babies Develop Allergies if They’re Introduced to Food Too Early
From peanuts to eggs to berries, there’s an age-old myth that if you introduce your little one to these foods ‘too early’ they’ll become allergic to them. Hogwash. Allergies are actually hereditary and are passed on through generations. While that’s not to say your baby can’t develop a peanut allergy even though no one else in your family has one, it’s more important not to give your little one things like peanuts too young as they could be a choking hazard.
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Introduce Meat Last
Babies who are no longer breastfed need extra iron in their diet. That’s why it’s logical to start your baby on protein from the get-go. In fact, bone broth, egg yolk and liver are all adequate sources of iron that will give your baby the nutrients they need to grow up healthy and strong. Now just to find a fun way of getting it down their gullets…