I just read an article in the paper saying that new research points to the fact that eating habits for babies start in the womb and are extremely important in the first few years. I ate a lot of sweets and even some junk food during my pregnancy, and now I am bottle feeding my baby. It worries me that obesity is on the way for my baby. Is there anything I can do?
If any practices, habits, or behaviors that we do were ends in themselves, we would be a doomed species; and we are not. If we take whatever good information we have and start applying it as soon as possible, we are ahead of the game.
The truth is that birth to five (in the womb time included) are the developmental years and the best time to help your child form good habits of all kinds. All input and experiences count. However, no worries. Perfect is not the goal. Doing your best is. Start as soon as you can and keep making as many good decisions as possible. That is it!
Here is the big picture. It is best to begin excellent nutrition from birth to age five (and even before). Next best is to start from five to 25. You can still begin from 25 to 55. How about 55 to 95? Of course? The earlier the better and never too late!
December! The Month of Giving
Keep giving your child the best and most nutritious foods all during this holiday season. Others will be out there offering lots of junk food. Keep to normal nutrition the best you can, and that will be one of the best gifts your child will get this holiday season.