Kids Nutrition Practices

Nutrition education begins as the child enters into her/his preschool years. As these are critical years of development and have a major impact on the health of the child in the future it is must to teach healthy eating habits to your child early on.

For a mother to teach her child the benefits of healthy eating it is necessary for her to be empowered with the knowledge herself. Most parents are worries about the fact that their kids are not eating enough. This is especially true since pre-schoolers are often picky eaters. However a mix of options like providing them with finger foods, including a variety of colourful vegetables, food art can all encourage your child to eat better.

What parents must understand is that the stomach of the baby is small and hence it is not possible for him/her to eat large portions of food. Small but frequent meals should be the way to feeing your baby. A mix of texture and variety also help them eat better. For kids above 2 years it is ideal to include toned milk instead of whole milk.

Sneaking a candy bar once in a while may be ok but increasing consumption of sugar or fat laden food should be avoided. Food as bribe should always be ignored; instead cultivating healthy eating habits should be high on the agenda for any mother.

A question that always on any mothers mind is the amount that is required and should be given to her baby. As per NIN, Little modifications in the diet of your baby can do wonders for his/her growth. Simple tips that you can include in day to day regime can help you make your child healthy.

  • Include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables instead of giving chips etc.
  • Switch to whole milk after 2 years only.
  • Portion control for little kids is a must; never force feed your child.
  • Making sure that your child eats atleast 5 portions of fruits and vegetables
  • Maintain portion control

Using these simple yet efficient tips can help you make your child adopt healthy habits

Author Name: 

Rohini Saran