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As your baby begins solids, they are opened to a whole new world. It's an adventure of taste and texture -- from basic first cereals to complex puree blends. It's also significant because it's when your child's palate develops, forming a foundation for good eating.
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Buy Halloween candy a couple days before the big night. How many parents see Halloween candy in the stores early October and think they should stock up? Buying Halloween candy early only promotes the craziness. It goes into your cupboard and poses temptation not only for the kids, but also anyone looking for a sweet treat.
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When I decided I was going to make all of my daughter's baby food, I read everything I could on the topic -- how to introduce foods to baby, the best ways to prepare them for texture, and which foods to introduce when. But the real learning came from old-fashioned trial and error. After years of cooking for my kids and running my own baby food company, I'd like to share some of my tips for making baby food.
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The breakdown is simple: 80 per cent of the time you focus on eating healthy and clean foods, and 20 per cent of the time you can look the other way and enjoy life's indulgences. I love food and have always felt when you deny cravings, you can set yourself up for a lifelong struggle with food.
I would usually end up eating baby food leftovers. But that wasn't going to work for everyone else. I started spending time creating recipes I could make for the whole family. Take one recipe, and find a way to make it baby-, kid- and adult-friendly.
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If your family has not adopted healthy eating already, the time when baby starts solids is the perfect opportunity to do so. If baby grows up among a family where fresh, nutritious foods are readily available and eaten at every meal, chances are that those habits will become part of their routines and expectations.
A baby's relationship with food begins with their first bites. What babies eat early on has a profound effect on how their eating habits develop as they grow up. Exposure to a wide variety of flavors and textures develops their palate for good food.