Oh, they just don’t want to eat! Parents often juggle with toddlers at meal times, and most of them will scream, shout, jump, cry, and do everything else they think best just to avoid having those green vegetables. Feeding a little one is actually one of most hilarious parenting tasks! The kids totally think eating is irrelevant because playing all day is anyways a better use of time! However, the below 10 tips will probably help you to make your kids eat healthy food and a lot of vegetables.
Why are vegetables necessary
Just depending on branded baby products is not sufficient. By the age of 13 months the bay also grows enough to not depend on purees alone. In the 13 to 18 months window, you will have to include veggies in your toddler’s diet especially. Vegetables are rich sources of minerals, iron, essential nutrients, key vitamins and antioxidants supporting healthy growth and development.
Getting toddlers to eat vegetables can be a challenge, because of course greens have a somewhat flat taste for someone trying it for the first time in life. Look out the following ten tips on how to get your baby to appreciate healthy eating habit naturally.
- Start early: Try to depend on natural foods right from the beginning. Understandably, at first you prefer canned food especially made for babies. There is nothing wrong in that as these contain essential nutrients and everything. However, they also consist mild preservatives and stuff. A natural, organic vegetable is any day more rich in wonderful nutrients! You can make a little paste of the greens and add it to your baby’s diet everyday! That accustoms him to the taste
- Make it a daily affair: No matter how hard is it, try feeding your toddler atleast three servings of vegetables everyday. Make it a persistent habit, and a little bit daily would go a long way!
- Do not continue purees very long: Most parents continue with purees exclusively for too long then necessary. You will have to let go the habit of spoon-feeding your baby at the earliest actually. You should not focus on pampering as the child gets clingy and afraid of everything. By 13 months, start including solid diet
- Lead by example: Whenever possible get your baby to join you at the table with everyone else. You can make them a special chair if the table is too high! Have your vegetables and lead by example. Your child is learning from you, if he sees you enjoying your vegetables, he would want that too, and will probably follow suit
- Opt for camouflaged recipes: Several fantastic camouflaged recipes are available. You can sneak in veggies easily with casseroles and other dishes. It is a very good strategy in fact and many mothers daily follow it. Finding great recipes especially made for the little ones is also a great way to grow your culinary expertise
- Direct knowledge: Let your baby appreciate nature. Show them how beautiful a green veggie looks. You can always say the truth! It will still sound magical. So, when you say, this leaf gives you magic life, you are not saying anything from imagination at all! Grow an organic kitchen garden if possible. Avoid using chemical fertilizers in your garden. The kitchen wastes can easily make great manure
- Diversity: Incorporate diversity in the dishes. Just don’t go on repeating the same food every day. Your baby feels just bored and does not want to eat. Green are available in so many types! You have broccoli, spinach, cabbage, etc. Local Indian sabji markets traditionally display a wide range of native veggies. You should research on whether they are good and include it in your food plan as you think convenient
- Present them colorfully: This thing actually matters. Babies just love colorful things. Colorful vegetables in colorful dishes can please anyone’s eyes and make your job easier. You can get plates in so many colors and styles! However, it is better to choose steel, glass, or porcelain rather than plastic. The latter is a petroleum product and harmful chemicals invisibly seep into the food. Definitely, you have to be careful as well. The steel plate should not have sharp corners and handle the glass/porcelain with caution
- Playthings: This is probably the most popular way to encourage a baby to eat his veggies. So, if you have a singing bird that whistles when you clap, just use it to keep the attention of your baby. When he is busy wondering what that is, you can easily get him to eat the food. However, this trick is to be used sparingly, when your toddler is in a bad mood or is upset or unwell
- Music: many parents report that babies become very calm when they listen to good music, which is actually very true! This is why musical toys are made! You can try anything melodious like a collection of nursery rhymes, Indian classical, soft rock, old Bollywood, or western classical! If your child does not like a particular music, find something else. In fact, this is also the reason why a running TV is also good to keep the child engaged
Avoid rewarding system:
Avoid too much rewarding because that gets the child dependent. Okay, once or twice it is okay to give your child a special plaything or a favorite food as reward. However, if you are making this a habit, then it loses its special value!