With my oldest two girls, I was so excited to start them on solids that I gave them cereal pretty much right after their 4 month well-child check-up. The doctor said it was time. Looking back, I rushed it. The oldest needed way more calories and the second got the worst upset tummy from the cereal.
With B and E, I waited until they were about 6 months old and they were much happier. E started snatching food off of my plate to let me know she was curious.
For the most part, our girls are pretty good eaters. They have their picky
moments months but they eat things a lot of other kids won’t and don’t.
Are we doing it 100% right? Probably not. Do I wish they ate better? Absolutely. And I am not alone! Currently, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for the USDA has no guidelines for infants under 2. Sure, there is a ton of information, but it’s often contradictory (like starting cereal at 4 months, or waiting until 6 months and not doing cereal), thus many parents are confused about what’s right for their baby.
Will they eat five servings of broccoli at dinner with a side of crackers? Possibly! Are they getting enough protein and fruits and vegetables? I had no idea. I know that we are trying our best. But is it enough?
Through my ambassadorship with Beech-Nut, I’ve learned they recently conducted a survey of 200 parents (with an infant under or 2 or currently expecting) to find out where exactly parents are stumped when it comes to starting their babies on solid foods. Turns out most of us are left scratching our heads.
The study found that 54 percent of parents say that the nutritional information currently available is very conflicting (as is most information these days). For example: when should I start, what should they eat, how should we introduce it? According to the same study, 34 percent of parents who currently have a baby say they don’t know when to start solid foods.
While there aren’t dietary guidelines for infants under the age of 2, two-thirds (64%) of those surveyed agree that there should be dietary guidelines for infants under the age of 2.
We try to model healthy and good eating for our girls, even trying new foods in front of them and foods we might not necessarily enjoy. I’m so not a fan of raw tomatoes, but two of my girls love them! Almost all (91%) parents/expectant parents surveyed agree that they need to be role models for healthy eating and need to expand the variety of foods they eat.
Beech-Nut is dedicated to infant nutrition. With all of these findings, Beech-Nut has created a partnership with Pediatric Nutrition Specialist Nicole Silber, RD, CSP, CDN. They are working together to create Beech-Nut’s Guide to What Baby Eats Now for parents to reference when they want guidance on what and how to feed their babies. They want to make sure all of our little ones are happy and healthy every step of the way.