How To Keep Your Baby From Developing A Sweet Tooth

Most of the time, risks in becoming an obese adult starts with the eating habits people develop during their toddler years. In this case, parents have the responsibility in making sure their children do not grow up to become obese. One of the toughest things to do is to discipline your baby – including drawing the line when they have had enough sweets.

 According to experts, developing a sweet tooth develops in childhood. During these years, children and toddlers’ taste buds are introduced to different, distinct tastes. It could be quite an exciting time for them but on the other hand, it could be the years when bad eating habits begin. So how can parents keep their babies form developing a sweet tooth?

 Dr. Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, had offers advice for parents.

 "Avoid juice and other sweet-tasting beverages," Altmann told ABC News. "Get her used to the taste of plain water at this age. Keep giving her sips of plain water and she'll grow up to love the taste of plain water."

 In Altmann’s book entitled “What To Feed Your Baby,” she also offers tips on how to develop the best eating habits for children and infants, as well as research data on food allergies.

 Altmann added that it takes at least 10 times for babies to get used to certain foods, so when they refuse to eat the healthy stuff, it’s best not to give up right away.

 "Throw veggies in to make smoothies, you can make cute shapes out of fruit and you can steam and cut veggies into tiny pieces to dip into hummus and other healthy items,” she said.