It is well known to everyone that how important and healthy way to stay and live a vegan lifestyle. Nowadays, many families are testing and have started practicing a vegan attitude by influencing the environment, animal welfare and health to showcase their values and health beliefs.
It is quite challenging as an adult to turn into a vegan lifestyle. But as a toddler, it again makes a huge difference as a parent as well. There are different angels such as you are already a vegan since a longer period, or a new member added to a vegan family, it is for sure that you are going to face many challenges in your path to feed your vegan toddler or baby. At times, you may feel that a diet that you are following is good for your family, but how can you be very sure that the same diet is the best one for the baby as well and he is getting everything that is needed for his growth.
An answer to this question is quite simple. By understanding and studying different paths and medium to make your baby grow just like other babies is possible.
Living vegan helps in decreasing the causes of high blood pressure, cholesterol, and type two diabetes and particular types of cancer. It does not take much time to be vegan, you can simply start taking plant-based diet and you can achieve your desired goal of being vegan, of course only if that particular diet suits your body.
You need to make sure every time that your children are receiving enough amount of nutrients and energy as required. Bibiluv.com will give you some more tips how to feed your toddlers without any mess, you can use their cute and colorful placemats which can also increase your toddler’s appetite. Below-mentioned are some tips that can be utilized to grow your toddler as a vegan:
Till 6 months: At the beginning, your baby just needs breast milk and a vitamin D supplement every day. If you are not able to breastfeed your baby, then getting a soy-based infant formula can be the solution. You can be consistent till the age of two.
6 months and above: Your baby I in need of many nutrients, like iron and now can have solid food as well. Try to give them iron-rich food at the start only. Also, make sure you are giving breast milk on demand and foods like ground nuts, seed butters, bean, peas, legumes, sweet potatoes, whole grains, can be given.
1 year and above: Try to give your child at least 3 meals a day and 2-3 time a snack. As they need higher amount of energy in their smaller tummies.
Till 2 years: Milk type stuffs like soy beverages are not recommended. As they do not provide the required nutrients needed to your toddler. Soy-based infant formula is different from soy beverages.
Toddlers: Try to add different types of food 3 to 4 times a day and make 2-3 times as a snack time in a whole day.
Nutrients required for toddlers are:
- Protein: There are many foods those are protein-rich such as peas, lentils, beans, well-blended nuts, tofu, and other soy-based products.
- Vitamin B12: Deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause serious issues. So try to give your toddler 0.9 mcg of vitamin B12 every day.
- Calcium: Good for healthy teeth. Calcium-rich food is: beans, peas, butter, leafy greens, lentils, etc.
- Vitamin D: You can give an infant formula which is vitamin D rich and fortified beverages to your toddler baby.
- Iron: Iron is found in beans, peas, cereals, broccoli, kale, green beans, and tofu.