Sometimes it seems as though that a mother’s permanent job, second to taking care of her children, is to worry. Mothers naturally worry a lot about their children, if they are safe, if they are healthy, if they are eating well, or if they are gaining enough weight – especially when a baby has turned to the age where she is already required to eat solid foods. While this means that a baby has reached a milestone that is worth celebrating, having a baby eat solid food well and in proper quantity can be a daunting task. Because babies can be very picky with their food and are naturally snobbish with how their food taste, this becomes another obstacle that a parent will have to face.
Having proper food intake is very essential for babies to sustain a healthy body and well-being and because they need to grow healthy and strong. There are times, however, when parents just rely on breastmilk or formula to support their baby’s growing needs. Of course, this is highly important if they are infants up to 4 months of age but sometimes, they are not even getting adequate milk supply, which in worst cases, lead to malnutrition. Just like adults, when they don’t get the right amount of nutrition, they get into a caloric deficit and cause them to lose weight. And no mother, in their right mind, would want to make her baby lose weight or be in an unhealthy condition.
There also instances when a baby is in the right body weight but not having enough buffer weight to ensure that a baby doesn’t fall under the malnourished category when she suffers from an illness. Even as simple as having the common colds can cause a baby to lose weight and it is ideal for them to have a nice buffer in weight so that when this happens, they don’t fall too thin quickly.
This is why it is very important for babies to take foods that are nutrient-dense and packed with a healthy amount of vitamins and minerals. While it is not at all bad to opt for ready-to-eat baby foods as they also come with convenience and delicious flavors, they sometimes just don’t contain natural minerals that are high in calories and nutrients. They sometimes fall short in providing proper amount of nutrition. And there is also the factor of a picky mommy – when a mom always opts for non-processed foods. For them, natural almost always mean healthy.
Good thing there are a lot of best foods for babies and kids to take for them to gain weight. And preparing them, too, is not anymore a tremendous task to take-on on a daily basis. Here are a few examples of foods that can help babies and kids achieve their optimal weight:
- Eggs – Eggs are very high in protein, which is very good for your youngsters. They are a great source for iron, healthy fat, and Vitamins A, D, and E to say the least. They are easy to prepare and are handy as they are a regular part of a home’s pantry. Just whip a few eggs together to make a scrambled delight or serve them soft boiled for easy eating.
- Berries – Luckily there are a number of variant for this food group. You can choose from blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries, and they are all packed with antioxidants, fibers, and Vitamins A and C. They are high in calories and can easily help in weight gain in babies and kids. This is easy to prepare, too. A simple food processor as listed in thetinymom.com website can do the trick in blending this super food altogether.
- Bananas – Not only are bananas very delicious and appeal to most kids’ tastebuds, they are also very rich in potassium and carbohydrates. Potassium is good for bone health and muscle strength. A piece of banana and a dash of fresh milk blended together as a cold beverage will do the trick. Some moms prefer using a combined baby food steamer and blender to make this yummy drink.
- Avocados – Did you know that avocados aren’t a fruit but are, in fact, a nut. Having said that, this all-time favorite can provide your youngsters a great amount of healthy fat, which is essential for weight gain. Avocados have very dense meat in them, which make them perfect for processing or blending as a creamy ice cream treat. Some mothers prefer to give their babies a slice of it for them to enjoy its rich flavors naturally.
These options are all very helpful in not only helping your babies and kids to gain weight, but also for them to maintain it. It is understandable that your baby or kid’s eating habit may not change overnight, but practicing it often in a week may help them in achieving their optimal weight and health in no time.