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How To Handle Sugar For Babies And Toddlers

Sugar always seems to bring out strong feelings and opinions in people. Everyone has something to say in the matter – on both sides of the argument.

First let’s set the record straight – sugar is not bad! There are no good foods or bad foods.

When sugar is a part of a diet, it replaces more nutritional foods. Also, excess sugar can cause cavities. We’re born with a natural preference for sweet flavors – that’s why breast milk is sweet. 

In the kid’s first years, we build the foundation for his food habits. If babies and toddlers get used to sweet foods they want to eat them as much as possible. Expose your kid to new flavors to expand their pallet – not only the sugary ones.

Fruits don’t count as a source of sugar. The sugars contain fibers along with other nutrients. Do NOT fear fruit, they’re a great food option!

Try flavoring food items yourself. This way you can reduce a big amount of added sugar off of your baby’s diet. Also, try to find breads without sweeteners like sprouted or sourdoughs to start. Also, try to find alternatives that don’t contain added sugars. 

 If you buy a sugary snack once in a while, It’s perfectly fine. If most of the food you’re buying contains added sugar, try cutting down on the processed foods.Try buying these products in bulk. It does take some searching , though.

Sugar Before The Age Of One

we want to maximize our children’s nutrient intake before the age of 1. Before the age of 1 babies don’t know what they’re missing out on. They’re almost always happy as long as your giving them food that looks like what you’re eating. Give them the same kind food, but try and give them one that contains less sugar.

Sugar between the ages of 1 and 2

At this time frame, we want to put off the “sugar is everywhere” as much as we can. 

– Don’t prevent your child from eating what you’re eating. Restriction leads to obsessing over food, and overeating when they get access to it.

– You might find the process a bit more challenging if you’ve got older kids at home, your little one is more likely to be exposed to desserts. Try to put if off for as long as possible.

– Between 1 and 2, give bites of dessert if you’re at a family event and everyone is having dessert.  Don’t make a big deal about it! Give them some and move on. If you’re at home and want to give something sweet to the rest of the family, make sure the younger one is sleeping.If he’s up, try serving him something similar. 

– Use your gatekeeper status to limit added sugars before the age of 2 as much as you can, without restricting your child. Sugar doesn’t have to be a part of the baby’s diet. Sugar isn’t bad, but your kid doesn’t know his missing out on it  right from the start.

Sugar When Your Child Is 2 or Older

  • Don’t restrict  foods – it’ll make your kid obsess over it.
  • At this age, keep in mind that you can’t  take advantage of your kids lack of experience in the sweets department. Sooner or later they’ll be exposed to it – at a birthday party or at a family meal. If they’ve seen sugar and haven’t had it before, they wouldn’t know how to handle it. Exposing them to sugar to prevent a future sugar craze.

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To Summarize:

In order to help your baby create a healthy relationship with food, don’t stigmatize foods as good or bad. Show them that sugar can be part of a balanced and nutritious diet, and that it is another kind of food

 

GOOD LUCK!

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