Being a parent is, was, and always will be the hardest job on earth. Starting from what we feed them, to how we dress them, what values they ingest from us, what we teach them and so on; every little thing we do has an impact on their growth and development. We are often making difficult choices for our little munchkins that essentially shape the people they grow up to be.
As a newborn nothing is better than breastmilk but as your baby grows and reaches five or six-seven months they should be eating a variety of pureed and mashed foods. The real stress begins after 6 months when parents start to introduce solid foods. The kind and quality of foods we choose in this crucial period in their formative years will undeniably impact not only the health and nourishment of your babies and toddlers but their overall growth and development and their perception of food.
So, what does organic food promise you? Unlike natural and other eco-label claims, only organic produce offers government-backed assurance that products are grown and processed without the use of toxic chemicals, antibiotics, and synthetic growth hormones.
Lower chemical exposure
Organic foods are grown without using hazardous chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and other such harmful substances, unlike conventional foods. These environment-friendly foods are grown using natural methods and naturally-derived pesticides and are GMO-free too.
Chemical and synthetic pesticides and fertilizers are harmful, by definition, even for adults. So, it must not be surprising that they are harmful to babies and toddlers. When babies and toddlers consume such food, the chemicals get absorbed very easily in their still-developing digestive tract. These chemicals block the absorption of vital nutrients (that make our little ones grow into strong, immune, and healthy children and adults). So, babies and toddlers with consistent chemical exposure through foods develop poor immunity.
Rich in nourishment and better for physical health
By choosing organic foods for your little ones in the formative years, you are choosing health, nourishment, immunity and holistic development. This is because organic foods are richer in essential nutrients and provide better nourishment to babies and toddlers.
Better taste and exposure to natural flavour profiles
Organic foods are available not just in the form of cereals, fruits and vegetables but also in the form of snacks, packed foods and so on. In either case, they taste better. That too, without using artificial preservatives and flavouring, unnecessary additives, taste enhancers, added sugars and food colouring, all of which are mindlessly thrown into processed foods to make it attractive to babies and children. These additives, synthetic flavours, added sugars, etc. are known to make children hyperactive apart from causing health complications. Organic foods enable us to train our little one’s taste buds to like and appreciate natural flavours and taste. Learning to appreciate the natural taste and flavour profiles is one of the best things we can teach our little ones, a lesson that will help them throughout their lives.
Be it a stay at home parent or working parents, everyone is concerned about the right nutrition of their kids and refuse to compromise anything for the sake of their well-being. Therefore, organic food products are the best options for babies and toddlers in their formative years and beyond.