We all agree that chubby babies are cute and completely adorable – but is it healthy? Truth is, it’s not.
So here are some simple things that you can do to keep your baby at a healthy weight.
Breastmilk is the best food designed for the baby’s nutritional needs. You don’t need to worry about overfeeding because after 10 to 15 minutes, your baby is sucking for comfort, not for the milk.
2. Don’t respond to every cry with a feed.
Babies cry for all sorts of reasons like hunger, fatigue, fear, feeling overwhelmed, bored, uncomfortable, or simply just want to be held. If he/she cries soon after feeding, it is most likely something else.
3. Don’t overfeed.
If your baby stops eating, it shows that he/she is full. Don’t force your baby to finish the food you’ve prepared unless your doctor clearly said that your baby is underweight and needs to eat more.
4. Give healthy solid food.
Once your baby is ready, try to include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish, and lean meats in their meals. Help your baby explore different types of food before he/she starts to become picky.
5. Start family meals early.
Children who eat meals with their parents are less likely to be overweight. Furthermore, family dinners help build strong relationships and help children succeed in school.
Create safe places for your baby to crawl, walk and run. Take him/her out for walks because it would help them get used to moving around and staying at a healthy weight.
Good health habits will not only help your child now, but for the rest of their life. So start NOW!