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Baby food habits

If you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint making organic baby food is a great way to go. Plus homemade baby food tastes great. Who knows?

Your baby may grow up to love brussels sprouts and mangoes! As a new parent, you want to provide your baby with the best possible start in life. Studies show healthy eating habits begin to develop with your baby's first foods.

Starting early by educating yourself and to introduce your child to fresh, all-natural foods, you are creating the foundation for your child to make healthy food choices.

Healthy eating habits play a key role in preventing obesity, a serious issue that will affect more
of all babies born in 2004Child obesity rates are rising at epidemic levels, so quickly, that some researchers predict this new generation of children will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. 10 Healthy Eating Habits.

Teach your baby about different fruits and vegetables

Talk about what your baby is eating. Make it fun.

Be a role model. Your baby learns by mimicking you.

Encourage drinking water. Offer it at each meal.

Don't give up. Your baby's tastes will change daily.

Your baby needs a balanced diet. Offer plenty of variety.

Don't be in a rush at mealtimes. Relax and enjoy the time.

Set times for breakfast, lunch snacks and dinner.

Homemade food chart

Making baby food is a great gift to give the environment and your baby. Consider the GREEN facts:

ORGANIC - Organic fruits and vegetables are the best choice for making baby food. They are the most natural ingredients and organic foods drastically reduce harm to the environment.

LESS WASTE - When you make your own baby food, there are no jars, labels or metal lids to dispose or to recycle.

NO FACTORY REQUIRED - Just a little energy to steam foods and run a blender is all you need to make your baby's meals! Did someone say near 'zero' greenhouse gases?

LOCAL - Your baby's food does not need to trucked to you from a factory thousands of miles away. Instead you can simply buy organic produce from your local farm market and get started.

HEALTHY - Homemade baby food is safe & nutritious. Baby food jars are often lined with Bisphenol-A, a controversial hormone disruptor that should be avoided. In addition, homemade baby food has no preservatives, additives, or chemicals - it is pure and natural goodness.

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Vitamin chart for Mother and babies

1 Vitamin A Fortified milk, eggs, cheese, liver, fish oil, carrots, margarine. Growth; night vision; protects the linings of the digestive, urinary and respiratory tracts; antioxidant.

2 Vitamin D Fortified milk, oily fish, egg yolks. Helps absorb calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones and teeth.
Vitamin D is important in helping the body absorb and use calcium from food and supplements.

3 Vitamin E Vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, wheat germ, green leafy vegetables. Helps form blood cells; antioxidants.
Also contributes to a healthy circulatory system and aids in proper blood clotting and improves wound healing. Some studies have shown that vitamin E decreases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and certain types of breast disease.

4 Vitamin K Spinach, Broccoli, milk, eggs, cereals. Help blood to clot.
Water-soluble vitamins
Vitamin K is necessary for blood clotting. Without it, even a small cut would cause continuous bleeding in the body. Vitamin K also plays an important role in kidney function and bone growth and repair - some studies have even shown that it may help prevent osteoporosis.

5 Vitamin B1 Pork, seeds, nuts, fortified bread, cereals, yeast extract. Needed for muscles and nervous system to function; aids digestion.

6 Vitamin B1, also known as thiamin, helps fuel your body by converting blood sugar into energy. It keeps your mucous membranes healthy and is essential for nervous system, cardiovascular and muscular function.

7 Vitamin B2 Milk, yogurt, meat, nuts, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, lentils. Aids hormone production; keeps eyes, skin and nerves healthy.
Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin, works with other vitamins in the B complex to process calories from carbohydrates, protein and fat. Your body needs it for growth and red cell production, and adequate riboflavin intake promotes healthy skin and good vision.