But what if there was a different way? What if babies didn't need a timetable and special foods and books seemingly complicating what parents have been doing for thousands of years? Well it's already here, having quietly crept into the baby feeding world around ten years ago and gathering speed and tens of thousands of followers ever since.
Now let's get one thing straight, you have every right to not allow your children to eat anything containing sugar of any sort. You get to do your research and make the decision about what healthy eating looks like for your family and I promise I will never give your toddler a sneaky forbidden "treat" behind your back. But can we tone down the judgement a little (OK, a lot)?
'These findings will come as an unwelcome surprise to the many parents.'
Shunning ready-made meals in favour of preparing homemade food for toddlers may not be the healthiest option, according to
It is not just money (or lack of) that is forcing children to eat in a way that is detrimental to their health. People make poor choices in general when it comes to food for their families. The modern diet, full of refined carbohydrates, hydrogenated vegetable oils and sugar, can in itself cause problems.
I went to meet a Child-Minding Association in Northamptonshire with over 8oo registered Child-Minders providing essential care for up to 24,000 children. They are also responsible for an innovative project to set standards of excellence in Food and Nutrition for Early Years Home Child-Care.
We all spend a lot of time worrying about what we feed young children, but do we know enough about how much or what they should be drinking? Water makes up about two-thirds of a healthy child's body weight: - slightly more than an adult's. As we know, most of the chemical reactions that happen in our cells need water. We also need water to carry nutrients around our body and get rid of waste. In short water is essential for our life.
Crawling, walking, catching, running, riding a bike and learning to swim - all essential activities to learn for a child. But cooking? It might not sound like a core skill but an increasing amount of evidence points to the fact that learning to cook has numerous benefits for children.
Addressing stunting can break the cycle of poverty and have significant social and economic impacts on the development of nations. However, at the moment the scale of stunting means that more than one quarter of the world's children cannot reach their full potential.
There is a widespread belief among experts that nutrition and diet influences cognitive function in a number of ways; nutrients such as certain types of fats and vitamins have a positive effect as do eating habits such as starting the day with a healthy breakfast, whilst excessive amounts of sugar can cause problems.