Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. This post is in collaboration with A Murray PR and Fresh Bellies. All opinions are my own. Photo credit A Murry PR/ Fresh Bellies
Introducing your baby to solid foods is a daunting task, and it’s hard to know if you’re getting the correct advice from well-meaning family, your mommy group, or Google.
According to Amy Shapiro, Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist and advisor to Fresh Bellies, the first-ever savory kid product for palate training, parents should be aware of 5 common misconceptions when they start solids:
#1 YOU NEED TO START WITH BLAND FOODS
For most parents, spices are out, and fruits are in for babies. Instead, first foods should teach young palates to learn to love savory food as opposed to sugar. Adding sugar to their diets – which many typical pre-made baby foods do – changes their taste profiles to crave sweet for the rest of their lives. Unmasked veggies seasoned with herbs and spices (think garlic or thyme) are excellent first ingredients for your baby. Foods like Fresh Bellies includes savory seasonings – real herbs and spices – that are never included in baby food (like garlic). This teaches young palates to love veggies and savory food instead of sugars and sets them up for a lifetime of good eating habits.
#2 YOUR BABY MUST WAIT UNTIL MONTH 6
There’s no set rule around baby’s first solid foods – it really depends on your baby. It’s totally okay to start at month 4 or even start all the way up to month 8.
#3 NUTS ARE A NO GO
No need to avoid nuts. In fact, the earlier you introduce your kids to nuts (as long as there is no history of family nut allergy), the less risk they have of developing these and other types of allergies. It’s okay to introduce at around 6 months, in pureed form.
#4 BABY’S FIRST MEATBALLS?
Early on, your child does not yet have the enzymes necessary to digest meats. Always start with veggies, and avoid those chicken nuggets for now.
#5 CLEAN YOUR PLATE
Worried your child isn’t eating enough? Don’t. Let your child tell you when they are finished with their meal.If you teach them to ignore their natural tendency to feel full, they will have trouble self-regulating their eating portions for the rest of their lives.
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