I'm currently in the process of transitioning to solids with my third child and I have to say, this all seems just as confusing as it did the first time around.
Our doctor with the first kid had us start rice cereal at 4 months. The second baby . . . well . . . he had a whole slew of issues due to food intolerance so he was on his own schedule. Then, we switched providers and this new doctor is against any food whatsoever before 6 months.
The first guy said no eggs until a year. The second says yolks only. I hear people contemplating the concept of baby-led weaning for transitioning to solids. Meanwhile, I'm just trying to get my kid to manage a spoon! And then there's dairy. Apparently Greek yogurt is all the rage now, but my little dude breaks out in hives at the mere thought of any lactose substance.
It's all starting to feel a little bit like that indecisive scene from The Emperor's New Groove.
It is so critical to get infant nutrition right, though. Fruit and vegetable intake as a baby can impact life-long health. High sugar and fat diets at six months are associated with children who grow up to be shorter and fatter (Pediatrics, 2014). Conversely, higher fruit and vegetable intake in infancy results in higher likelihood of fruit intake later in life (Pediatrics, 2014).
We're still working with Beech-Nut, and they recently conducted a survey of 200 parents with babies that shows parents really are confused. The USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has not set guidelines for infants under 2, leading to conflicting information among various different sources. 54 percent of parents surveyed say that the nutritional information currently available is very conflicting and two-thirds agree that there needs to be dietary guidelines for infants.
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That's a lot of confusion!
Beech-Nut is working with Pediatric Nutrition Specialist Nicole Silber to create a guide all about what, how, when and how much to feed babies. I'm so excited to finally have an expert resource, all in one place, from a brand I trust. The full Guide to What Baby Eats Now will be available to parents in the next few weeks – go check out more infant nutrition content now on the Beech-Nut blog!
Was transitioning to solids confusing for your family?