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.