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Is It Healthy to Raise a Vegetarian Baby? (video)

Are you a vegetarian?  Are you planning to raise your baby as a vegetarian too? Sometimes parents are pummeled with criticism and questions like “Are you sure that’s a good idea?” or “How will the baby get enough protein?” and “Have you checked with your doctor?”

Here are some clear answers from the noted baby book author and pediatrician, Dr. Bob Sears.  Watch the video yourself and share it with confused in-laws, babysitters, and friends to calm nerves and deflect any concern. This video shows an actual check-up – the patient is a healthy and adorable vegetarian baby, accompanied by his mom. Watch it and celebrate World Vegetarian Awareness Month!

Dr. Bob Sears’ advice:

  • It can be very healthy to raise a vegetarian baby
  • Some vegetarian babies don’t get enough B12, so once your baby reaches one year of age, Dr. Sears recommends a multi-vitamin with B12
  • It is easy to get vegetable proteins into a child’s diet – lentils, beans, yogurt, cheese, and egg yolks. After baby is one year old nut butters are another good choice (**but wait til after age two to introduce peanut butter**)
  • There is some controversy over soy — right now Dr. Sears recommends that parents limit soy to one serving per day
  • Listen to your baby and give them food when they seem interested
  • Try to feed your baby organic whenever you can

Stay tuned: there are five more videos in this series about babies, kids and healthy eating featuring Dr. Bob Sears.

Related:
Vegetarian Awareness Month
Growing Up Vegetarian
Healthy Cooking With Kids (2 Recipe Videos)
Teach Kids Good Eating Habits

This video was made by Parent Earth with sponsorship from Happy Baby and Stonyfield Farms. See more videos on food for families, find recipes, and have fun at parentearth.com.

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12:24AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

yes, give them a start at a healthy lifestyle

12:42PM PDT on Oct 18, 2012

well, it worked for people in India right? a lot of those people are vegans. like the Jains. did I spell that right? are they even full vegans?

8:44PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

Bullcrap, very dangerous and ignorant bullcrap which convinces misinformed people that it's okay to turn their children and pets into skinny vegans.

7:53PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

It can work if the parents are willing to follow all the information that is out there. That B12 vitamin is necessary.
School age children are not told that the hamburger they eat comes from a cow. The bacon they eat comes from an animal that once was alive and is called a pig. They don't associate food with death. Some would not care, but others would, and then they would become a vegetarian.

12:18PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

noted

5:11PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Have a doctor help you to decide what the baby will need more, or less, of as time goes on. Be aware that your baby could have a food allergy/intolerance to a certain plant, but that doesn't mean that the baby won't do well, though if it is lentil/legume (such as soy) you'll have to be extremely careful as many vegetarian and vegan friendly foods have them in them, and if your baby is allergic to one thing in that family then chances are it will be allergic to a good chunk (personal experience). Makes sure to get check ups yearly, or more if you think something isn't right.

12:12AM PDT on May 2, 2012

Thanks for the great post.

11:02AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Thanks

6:21PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Worth watching video. Thanks for the great post.

1:57AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Thank you

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