If you’re planning to raise your baby as a vegetarian, this article will cover what you should and shouldn’t feed your baby from infancy through toddlerhood. You don’t have to be committed to lifelong vegetarianism or veganism to make dietary choices that are healthy for your Nannusays and the planet. One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to give your child an abundance of whole foods, including grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes that are high in iron and calcium.
How to introduce your baby to a vegetarian diet
Once you and your partner decide that becoming vegetarian is for you, think about how you will approach introducing meat into their diets. It’s easier than ever to raise your child on a meat-free diet. With all of these resources, it should be relatively simple to eliminate meat from their lives.
Of course, there are many stages in life where they won’t be eating with us at home, so check out what is an ethical parent means and let us help you start thinking about how being ethical parents apply when it comes time for them to start school or go off on their own. Remember, it may feel daunting but raising children who love animals and understand that we shouldn’t harm them isn’t difficult at all!
How about homemade recipes?
For example, if you make homemade fruit and vegetable purees, there’s no need to give anything else but breast milk or formula until they’re eating solid foods. But when you are ready to move on from purees, you can use commercial baby food in glass jars and pouches, or homemade in reusable containers.
I’ve found frozen organic peas and corn for as low as 59 cents per pouch compare with $1 per pouch for most organic brands. You don’t even have to spend much more for fresh veggies, though you do need some way of keeping them chilled until serving time. If you freeze them first, then thaw them overnight in the fridge, you can serve up broccoli florets at room temperature without any loss of nutritional value.
Are there any pre-made foods?
Preparing meals for babies and children can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to maintain good nutritional habits. While it’s possible for people who follow a meat-free lifestyle to prepare their own children’s food from scratch, many prefer not to do so. Luckily, there are plenty of options available on the market that cater specifically to those who wish to feed their children a vegetarian diet. Here are some of our favorites
* NurturMe: This brand offers baby foods that are entirely organic and free of preservatives or additives.
* Baby Mum-Mum: The folks at Baby Mum-Mum make all sorts of nutritious snacks for infants, including pasta pouches with veggies in them! You’ll want to check out their selection as soon as possible if you’ve got an adventurous eater on your hands.
How do I know if my baby is getting enough protein?
Babies need 19 amino acids to grow, develop and be healthy. The only source of these for infants under two years old is animal protein. Fortunately, almost all foods that are high in protein are also good sources of iron and zinc both essential nutrients. Eat a variety of proteins like lean meat, fish, eggs, or pulses (like lentils) at every meal and you’ll easily meet your nannu says needs for protein and iron without overloading on saturated fat or cholesterol. Animal protein should not replace breast milk or formula in any way until at least 12 months of age.
Is there any real danger in feeding my baby meatless meals?
One of the biggest concerns for parents who are introducing their babies to solid foods is whether or not it’s safe. As with anything, there are some health risks involved with switching from breast milk or formula exclusively to solids. But as long as you follow basic precautions and feed your baby a balanced diet, there shouldn’t be any danger in feeding her meatless meals.