This is the first part on why we as a parents must focus on baby weaning during infancy.
For readers, unaccustomed with weaning issues, I would like to mention it’s both perplexing and arduous.
Fussy eater, a banal remark, for picky kids with whom parents need to contend for eating healthy food.
Don’t want a child notorious for tantrums around the dining table?
If yes, an imperative and beneficial step is developing courage to keep your spirits up as parents.
A more efficacious approach is to analyze, why we as parents need to work on baby’s feeding habits. Indeed, I would like to emphasis on Why aspect before the How aspect of weaning kids. Understanding the rationale behind taking a decision galvanizes the process optimistically.
Here are the motives which can act as catalyst for us as parents.
- Moral Responsibility
As it is a long-familiar sphere of life, won’t elaborate much on this point.Citing it, so that, to drag it from the subconscious to conscious mind, as responsibilities are sometimes dismissed as frivolous.
If we won’t, who else will?
- Better health, Better immunity, Better mind
By providing babies with better nutrition, we will work on their early childhood development stage; a foundation for a healthy and strong adulthood. Child development is an ongoing process, both physically and intellectually. Therefore, providing right kind of input will definitely result in desired output. Also, healthy food will boost the immunity system of children; thereby, protecting them against getting succumbed to the malady prevailing in the surroundings. As Gautama Buddha said “To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear”. So, ultimately we help them to be fit, both physically and mentally, allowing both us and them as individuals, to do what we want to do efficiently.
- Taste Preference Develops Early
If you think it’s too early to introduce all the variety of food to baby and you believe that as the child will grow, understanding the importance of healthy food he/she will start eating it. This piece of information may serve to shape your belief: Taste preference begin even before we are born. Inside the womb, the fetus is surrounded by a protective liquid called as ‘amniotic fluid’. Passing of the flavors of food eaten by mother to the baby occurs as the fetus inhales and exhales amniotic fluid. Not only sense of taste but also sense of smell is developed. Thus, the taste preference development starts inside the womb and continues till around 2 years of age.
Therefore, The first two years is the best time period to introduce the child to variety of flavors which are healthy, though may not be savory.
- Better Human Being
If the baby appreciates healthy food, then he/she will ultimately relish the opportunity to eat it. Thus, the child will be grateful to both his parents and nature for providing him with the healthy food, thus flourishing his/her relationship with both of them.
An individual with attitude of gratitude and compassion will be aid to the humankind.
- Best Return on Investment
Being educated and seasoned enough to the exposure of enormous knowledge resource, using such a privilege for the betterment of your child, your life, is actually the best return on investment. Investment on your education in the form of time, effort, money; not only yours, but also of your parents. Isn’t it?
So, what do you think of all this?
Did you find it worthwhile, the way I found it.
If yes, Stay tuned! I will share the How aspect of baby weaning soon.
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