Fat Facts – Developing your littles relationship with HEALTHY fats.

Fats usually get a bad wrap. Balanced fats come from the right sources and can be crucial to a babies development. The challenges begin with where we can find them, and how can we balance these fats? 

While these are great questions, luckily nature has some better answers.

Fats are some of the most important nutrients your child needs in their formative years. They are vital for brain development, maintaining a healthy nervous system, and can even impact vitamin absorption.

Specifically for absorbing vitamin’s A,D,E, and K. While your baby may seem larger than life most times. Babies are indeed tiny little things with tiny little stomachs. They need the right amounts of fat to have enough energy.

These fats are so important that experts recommend that around half of your baby’s calorie intake be derived from healthy fats! If you’re still nursing, this is no cause for concern as breast milk is high in the fats your baby needs.

Now that we know what we want, we focus on WHERE !

All Fats are NOT created equal.

The basics :

The primary types of fat consist of polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat, saturated fat, omega-3 fatty acids, and trans fat.

While that may sound like we’re back in school, let’s break down these fats further and isolate where we find them, and what to avoid !

Polyunsaturated Fats:

These fats are great for your littles and for you as well. Polyunsaturated fats can help lower LDL levels, which are a form of bad cholesterol. Having low LDL levels greatly decreases your risk for heart disease. As for your little’s Polyunsaturated fats also contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats.

These are essential fatty acids that the body needs for healthy brain activity and cell growth. Since our bodies do not produce essential fatty acids, its imperative we receive them regularly from our diet.

Where can I find them ?

Walnuts, Sunflower seeds, Flax seeds or flax oil, Fish, Corn oil, Soybean oil, Safflower oil

Are they good ?


Monounsaturated Fats:

When you dip your garlic bread into some seasoned olive oil, you’re getting mostly monounsaturated fat. These fats have a single carbon-to-carbon double bond. There are many different varieties of Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s), and contain loads of different health benefits.

They can help insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation, reduce inflammation, and may even reduce cancer risks according to recent studies.

Where Can I Find Them ?

Olive oil, Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts, Pistachios, Olives, Pumpkin seeds, Pork, Avocados, Sunflower seeds, and eggs.

Are They Good ?


Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fats :

While omega-3 is one of the main types of polyunsaturated fatty acids, Omega-6 are another and can be found in different foods. These fatty have a range of benefits like: improving heart health, supporting mental health, fighting inflammation and supporting infant brain development in the fetus.

Where Can I Find Them ?

Omega 3 :

Salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, chia seeds, walnuts, and flax seeds.

Omega 6 :

Soybean oil, corn oil, mayonnaise, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashew nuts.

Bad Fats –

So with fats sounding pretty good it’s important we highlight why they get such a bad wrap, and which specific fat’s you and your littles should avoid.

Saturated and Trans Fats:

Both saturated and trans fats are unhealthy because they trigger our bodies to produce more bad cholesterol.

This type of cholesterol often leads to severe health problems, specifically heart disease. To add further damage they can also reduce good cholesterol levels, and like trans fats offer no known health benefits.

Where Can I Find Them ?

Saturated Fats:

Animal products ( within visible fats on meats ), commercial frying, processed foods, 

Trans Fats:

Commercially made cakes and biscuits, frozen meals, energy bars, fast food.

Are they good ?


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