Thursday, 04 August 2016
Why Babies Need Snacks!
In today’s adult world, snacking in between meals can often be perceived as something quite negative. But in the exciting world of baby - where everything is new and yet to be discovered - finger food snacks are in fact bursting with developmental benefits! Something which our research has shown is not widely known.
Almost half (49%) of British parents with babies view snacking as a negative eating habit.
When we talk about snacking, we’re talking about complementary solid foods which mum may choose to give her little one to support the weaning process; healthy nibbles bursting with flavour and soft textures that easily melt in the mouth - such as wafers, bananas, cucumbers and puffs.
That’s why we at Kiddylicious have joined forces with leading child expert Dr Jacqueline Harding, to explore exactly what is going on #insidebabysbrain during this stimulating time. And to reassure parents that - not only is it OK for your baby to try, and sometimes play with, new finger foods in between meals - but that it’s actually really important for their sensory and physiological development.
“Playing with food is the sort of experimental work babies like to do as little researchers, developing their sensory processes, as they start to figure out what they like and dislike about the world, through trying new things. It’s great to know that your baby actually wants to experiment and explore foods (in very much the same way as they explore the rest of their world).” Dr Jacqueline Harding.