Babies have very unique nutritional needs. With all the growing done in the first 12 months of life, this isn't very surprising if you ask me. An important but often overlooked component of a healthy diet is whole grains. Whole grains can also be introduced during this important developmental period. Most adults don't get the daily recommended value of whole grains, so starting early can definitely put a child on track for balanced eating later in life.
My youngest child Xander is about to turn a year old, and he has been enjoying whole grains for some time now. I started him on infant cereals like rice, oatmeal, and mixed grains. Now he also enjoys whole grain and wheat toast and crackers as well. Some other things Xander loves are Earth's Best Pop Snax and Blueberry Snackin' Fruit Hearts! I make sure to include whole grain products with every meal, since the fiber found in whole grains can help baby stay satisfied longer after meals and snacks. Fiber also plays a key role in helping the digestive tract stay regular. And as a bonus, offering baby a variety of whole grains helps to expand their exposure to new tastes and textures.
Another important part of a balanced diet is fruits and veggies. Most babies get plenty of these in the form of jarred foods as well as homemade pureed baby foods. Fruits and vegetables not only expand the palate by introducing new flavors and textures, they are also rich in vitamins that are essential for proper growth. I am very lucky, as both of my babies love their veggies. Xander seems to really love squash, broccoli, and spinach. Some babies don't like these flavors, but this aversion is usually temporary and can be remedied by simply mixing fruit in with the veggies. One surprisingly tasty concoction is spinach, pear, and apple! Baby will still be eating their veggies but their picky taste buds will be tamed with the sweetness of the fruit. Of course baby's tastes change frequently, so try feeding those veggies often. Even the pickiest of babies will come around eventually, even after expressing dislike for a particular flavor. This happened with my daughter Sophia. She absolutely detested most fruits for quite some time. Finally, much to my delight, she has decided that fruit isn't all that bad, after all! My advice to parents of stubborn eaters: Keep trying. Be persistent. Baby will come around, probably when you least expect it!
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