I created this company as I want to change the way babies start their food journey - vegetables before fruit, or as we say here at Foodie Babe HQ "Veggies first". I also want to provide you with lots of information and research about child nutrition and food. So, that you can decide what will work best for you and your family.
"Happy healthy eating"
I'm fiercely passionate about "happy healthy eating". I believe that what and how we introduce food to our children in their first 1,000 days shapes their palates and relationship with food, especially healthy food, for life.
There is more and more research that supports the "Veggies first" approach and when you think about it, it makes sense. Can you imagine being fed breast milk/formula, then apple, banana, pear and then broccoli, spinach, silverbeet? You can see why there's some resistance.
"Baby food matters"
The latest on this subject is from child food experts at University College London; Dr Clare Llewellyn and Dr Hayley Syrad, who have researched baby eating habits for over a decade. They have also written a book, "Baby Food Matters", which is based on nearly 100 scientific papers and articles they both have published on this subject.
Dr Llewellyn said: ‘The most important thing when you introduce solid foods is to introduce the foods babies are more likely to reject."
"They say parents who attempt to give infants vegetables after starting them with fruit ‘may be disappointed’. Even if it takes 15 attempts with a vegetable to make children like it, studies suggest this strategy works to make children less fussy, healthier eaters."
"If you introduce savoury foods, particularly the more bitter-tasting vegetables like broccoli and spinach which children often struggle with, or cauliflower which they are reluctant to eat, they are more accepting of those foods going forward."
You can read the article in full here
Are you about to start "veggies first"? Did you do fruit first with baby number 1 and are now thinking, perhaps you'd like to try something different with baby number 2? As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this subject.
Happy healthy eating!