about your child’s daily intake of fruits, veggies, dairy, grains, protein etc.
I swear, if you read too much about parenting, you’ll end up going insane trying to keep up with what a supposed good parent should do. Don’t sweat it.
Trust your instincts and use your common sense.
When it comes to feeding your child, experts believe that there are so many things to take into consideration:
- portion size
- frequency of meals
- caloric intake
- how many of each food group should be consumed daily
As a new parent, you always fret. Has she had enough greens today? Oh no, I forgot to give her a grain yesterday…I’ll have to double the portion today. Does pizza fulfill any of the food group requirements? Why did she love broccoli last week and is spitting it out now?
Your child’s body will dictate the portion sizes of the necessary food groups that it needs. I’ve watched it come in waves over my Beach Rose. One week she’ll eat and crave everything dairy. So, apparently her body needs more of that, and I listen. She’ll still get her daily dose of veggie, but she might get 2x the amount of cheese or yogurt than I’d normally serve her.
Just don’t listen to your child if they say they just want pizza or chicken nuggets all the time. That may be their body talking, but it’s just telling you what it wants not what it needs. There is a difference!