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How to Raise Your Child to Be a Healthy Eater


| 1/15/2019 9:46:00 AM


The joke with parents is trying to get your picky eater to have their broccoli before they can have their dessert. They won’t eat it, so you weather a tantrum storm and hope for something better the next night. Rinse, repeat. How do you curb these habits and teach children to eat a healthy meal instead of the sugary junk food they will undoubtedly prefer?

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It Starts With You

First, you need to know about healthy eating yourself. Have a prepared pantry full of healthy snacks instead of processed sugar snacks marketed towards kids. If you already have a picky eater who is used to unhealthy snacks, take the same approach as with a diet: start with a sustainable change, such as changing out one of their normally unhealthy snacks for something healthy.

Remember you are also a role model, and young children often mimic their parents, guardians, and other adults that are often in their lives. If they see you eating healthy foods, they will want to try what you are eating. Do not make a big deal out of it; you don’t have to emphatically say “Mmm! Yummy!” for the child to want it. Instead, be casual. Act like it’s completely normal to eat something that the child does not normally eat. After all, it is normal — just not for the child.

If you have a baby or toddler who is ready for solid foods, typically between 6 and 9 months, you can start early with baby-led weaning.



Baby-Led Weaning

Before explaining baby-led weaning (BLW), it’s important to note that this is not a replacement for milk or formula. Milk or formula should be the primary source of nutrition until 10 to 12 months old. If your child can sit in a high chair, move their jaw up and down, and move food from the tray to their mouth, they are probably ready for BLW.



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