Brain Development : What is it and How Does It Affect Your Baby?

Fertility and Pregnancy

Breastfeeding is and probably always will be more nutritionally sophisticated than formula-feeding. It is the main source of energy and nutrients in young children aged 6-23 months. Aside from this, you will have to eventually teach your child how to eat a healthy diet while enjoying great food at the same time.

This article, however, will focus more on the importance of nutritional intelligence, and how it can be developed in the womb.

Do you have enough knowledge about nutrition?

What you eat is very important to you and your baby because your baby can grow from food you eat. Therefore, if you eat only junk food, there’s not enough nutrition for your baby. You have to have right knowledge for pregnancy.

Importance of Nutritional Intelligence for your Baby


Do you know that what you eat during pregnancy not only affects your unborn baby in your womb, but also affects his/her food choices in adulthood? That’s why it is important to consider what you feed your baby in utero, or in the womb.

Dr. Michael Georgieff, a professor of pediatrics and child psychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School explained the need for mothers to do their best in fueling your baby’s brain and bodies with healthy food. Why?

Because babies’ brains and taste buds have already developed by 13 to 15 weeks of pregnancy. Although babies get most of their nutrition via the umbilical cord, 20% of what they ingest is via the amniotic fluid. They can actually taste the flavors of the food that their mothers eat. This early introduction to food can have huge impact on their tolerance for healthy (or unhealthy) food, their tastes, and preferences as adults.

You’re the only one who can change the impact on your baby’s health.

Useful Ways to Teach Nutritional Intelligence to your Child


We gathered some useful tips and steps from the book, “Feeding Baby Green” by Alan Greene that will assist you in establishing a strong foundation for creating a healthy and delicious future for your little one:

Take charge!

As your child’s first teacher, you should be the one to take and initiate steps in making conscious choices now so you can make a lasting difference in your child’s health and his enjoyment of food.

Use windows of opportunity

From birth through about the end of second year, provide special opportunities for you to make a deeper impact on your child’s future choices. Learn to advance your child’s food development by applying unique strategies in order to develop his/her tolerance for healthy food.

Engage all the senses

Help your child and teach her to love great food by using her senses to make a deep sense of familiarity and joy about these healthy foods, and help to forge the comfort foods of her future. Talk with your child about food by introducing many flavors, aromas, and textures, and even appearance, making it a fun-filled activity and at the same time, a bonding time with your baby.

Choose the right amount

Learn how to tell how much and what to feed your child at every age, and familiarize yourself with the amount that is just right for him/her.

Choose the right variety

A balanced diet is composed of a wide variety of colors and types of foods that meet all your child’s nutritional needs. Select foods that provide abundant nutrition, while creating a framework for nurturing an adventurous eater.

Customize needs for everyone

Learn to adapt this program if you or your family member or your child has specific health issues such as ADHD, allergies, asthma, cancer, diabetes, ear infections, eczema, etc.

Exercise!

Exercise works in tandem with vital nutrition and is the best start that you can give to your baby.

Reap the benefits of green

Eat foods that are in season and try purchasing from your local and organic food suppliers. Be conscious about where your food comes from and how it is prepared.

Summary

Most kids nowadays are only used to the clamor of products that we see in various marketing advertisements surrounding us and inherited processed-food habits. Thus, give your child the best start possible – in the womb, in order to establish a lifetime of healthy food preferences and eating habits.

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