the basis of individual, day-by-day situations,
it may appear that young children’s diets
aren’t that bad, or at least no worse than
those of the rest of us. You see a kid eating
a children’s cereal, drinking juice from
a box, or ordering a grilled cheese sandwich
at a nice Italian restaurant and you think, “Oh,
well, that’s what kids do.” But
then you realize that that these aren’t
isolated incidents; is what so many kids do all
of the time, and worse, it’s all they know
in the way of food-related experiences.
Number One Reason that so many kids eat this way
is that they are not only allowed to, but they
are encouraged to. It’s expected; it’s
Baby on his first solids, such as rice cereal and
then pureed foods, is a Big Deal, for both him
and for you. Treat it as such. This eating business
is an important new skill that will serve him well
for the rest of his life. His first tastes of individual
foods such as fruits and vegetables are priceless.
can find an endless amount of information about
feeding Baby from commercial baby food companies.
While some of it may be useful, it is all slanted
to portray their products in the best possible
homemade baby foods and infant mini-meals is some
of the simplest cooking you’ll ever do.
the time they turn one, or shortly thereafter,
children should be eating essentially what you
eat. (This is presuming your diet to be generally
nutritious and healthful, and rich in variety and
and grazing are a way of life for too many kids,
and even if you consciously work to keep your kids
away from this, they will be influenced by their
friends and activities. If snacks are a must, do
what you can to make sure that they are healthful
and varied as much as possible. Don’t allow
your kids to fall into the oversnacking or grazing
mode at home.
all children, even your star eaters, will go through
weird food phases, picky eater stages, and days/weeks/months
when they practically battle with you about their
food. Continue to serve it as it should be
served through as much of this as you possibly
can, allowing them to choose to eat it in the way
that they prefer. Eventually—sometimes, very
eventually—this behavior should wane, to
be replaced by a new acceptance of the foods.