When at 6 months we find ourselves in the position of starting with complementary feeding, all parents have the intention of not making any mistakes, after all, our children are our greatest treasure. However, good intentions do not always come to fruition and these are 5 of the most committed mistakes.
- Force our children to eat. Never, under any circumstances, should a healthy child be forced to eat, if we talk about sick children, it will be the doctor who should guide their diet. Forcing them to finish the food on the plate, even though it is a meal that the child eats with pleasure, is forcing them to eat more than they need. Given that eating habits are established during childhood, forcing a child to finish the food on the plate is causing him to ignore his instincts and to establish a very unhealthy habit that can be the beginning of the road to obesity. In addition, this also limits their autonomy and slows them down when making decisions about their diet, covering up and suppressing their own body's signals of satiety. It is best to observe our children to offer them portions appropriate to their needs. It is not necessary to eat three courses, a single dish, with high nutritional and energy density, is also a suitable option to ensure a good diet.
- Not setting an example. The example is the best way to educate our children. Babies' natural instincts allow them to tell what may be good or dangerous for them by observing their parents. The food on their mother's plate is obvious to them that it is edible, hence their inclination to try it. Instead of refusing, we should take advantage of this and let his instincts carry us away. Little by little the baby will be able to recognize these foods and eat them from his own plate.
- Offer them food different from what the rest of the family eats or isolate them to feed them separately. Again, the example is the best when it comes to our children learning to eat, so offering them something different is not appropriate. Also, when they are small, this difference can even make them distrustful. When a baby distrusts food and refuses to eat it, then the mother insists with tricks and tricks and the baby ends up eating it, becoming a vicious circle.
- Bribes or punishments neither are they a healthy way to educate our children's nutrition. Dessert should not be used as a barter for a child to finish what is on his plate, nor should a child who finishes everything be rewarded, since he is being given to understand that finishing the plate is the right thing to do.
- Offer them juices instead of fruit and as substitutes for water. Water should be introduced with the start of complementary feeding when the baby requires it, and should not be replaced by any other liquid. Juices and fruits are not interchangeable or equivalent. The juice loses the vast majority of the micronutrients and the fiber present in the fruit, while the sugar becomes concentrated and therefore lacks the advantages that the fruit presents.
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