In parenting.com, it says the first month is when you can make or break your baby from forming bad or good habits. But I actually think it starts in the womb, especially with the words that come out our mouth and the food that we put into our body because our baby can hear and feel those emotions and that food is going into their body as well. We are teaching them while they are inside.
Some parents find it very hard for their children to eat certain foods. They tend to say they will not eat anything green due to it having no flavor. They say things like “well I can’t put this in my baby mouth because I don’t like it so I know they will not.” Or they say “my baby only like snack food, they don’t like eating real food.” Well, did you know that this all stems from you? The day your child was born they have been watching you, watching what you eat, watching how you talk, how you dress, and act and watching your activity. Those little kids know so much more than you think. At about 3 months we are eating something sweet and so we decide to give them a little taste off the tip of our finger; guess what, you already formed that groove in their head that says food should taste this good all the time and I want more. But it doesn’t stop there. Every time you have something unhealthy to eat those are the foods that you give your child and then when they get to the age where they can eat table food, guess what they have a taste for?
I am very aware of my health and I thought I was doing my kids justice in their diet all the way up until I had my daughter. She didn’t have any ailments or anything but she did have severe dry scalp. I am no doctor but me being the person I am I never really used the prescriptions that the doctor prescribed for things like that, mostly because they never worked. After taking her to the dermatologist and attempting to use the prescription and seeing it not really work I had an epiphany, I changed her diet. I didn’t read anything about it to make me do it I just figured that maybe it was something she was eating. So, I cleaned the cabinets of all teddy grahams, graham crackers and those little snack foods that my husband would give them by the plateful, I through them out. I replaced all of it with fruit, veggies, nuts and yogurts, all organic. Yes, I come out of a pretty penny now, but my daughter does not suffer from dry scalp anymore, and they are healthy little kids. I can tell by their bow movements. That may be tmi but when you’re a parent, you tend to talk about the nasty stuff…lol I later found out by just talking with a cousin that it could have been due to her eating too many carbs, dry scalp is plaque and when you consume so much it could have adverse effects, like forming buildup on the scalp.
Many will ask how did I get my kids to eat salad, broccoli, asparagus..etc. But the thing is, is that I did nothing special, I just put it on their plate. When kids are hungry, they will eat. It’s funny because the first week transitioning from all the junk to healthier food my daughter would not eat the apple or banana for her snack cause she wanted teddy grahams, but when she saw that those teddy grahams were not coming back guess what she started asking for? Yes, we as parents have the power; we just have to use it. We can get our kids to do what they don’t want to do if we lay down the law and don’t waver.
So moral of the story is that in order to have a healthy baby that will turn into a healthy kid which will turn into a healthy adult is to first change your diet and become healthy and then make those same choices for your child. Whatever you put into your mouth, your child will want it in their mouth, so let’s start putting healthier stuff in our mouth. We can’t expect our child to change if we don’t change ourselves.
Be healthy, be happy, be you!