By Nancy Gottesman
Perhaps one of our strongest instincts as parents is the desire to feed our babies. But satisfying their hunger and providing proper nourishment for them can be two distinctly different achievements.
The latest data from the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS), a survey of more than 3,000 parents, reveals that infants in America are developing eating habits that put them at higher risk for obesity, a condition that sets them up to suffer from myriad life-threatening illnesses.
“At 12 months, we’re seeing a diet that’s very low in fruits and vegetables,” says Kathleen Reidy, DrPH, RD, head of nutrition science at Nestlé Infant Nutrition, which sponsored the study. “By 9 months old, many children are consuming sweets, sodas and other sugary beverages.” Follow these guidelines to start your baby’s eating habits off right and you’ll help ensure they’ll maintain a healthy weight for a lifetime.