solid food
July 9, 2018

Introducing an infant to solid foods (also called weaning or complementary feeding), typically starts when he or she is around 6 months old. Learn to recognize the signs when your baby is ready to start solids and how to introduce them.

Author: Raising Children Network
Source: Raising Children Network
Estimated time to read: 09:10

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A guide to introducing solids and eating well up to baby’s first birthday

Want to find out when, what and how much solids to introduce to your baby? This visual resource illustrates how the dietary needs of infants can be met during the first year and offers sample meal plans and simple recipes. 

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When transitioning from breast milk or formula to solid foods, some infants don’t get enough nutrients that are vital for their continued growth and development. In consultation with a pediatrician, supplements can be used to fill these nutritional gaps.

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Nutrition

The developing brain dominates the body’s metabolism in early life. A young child’s brain consumes two-thirds of all the calories her body uses at rest. The rapidly growing brain is highly susceptible to the quality and quantity of nutrition and requires key nutrients for proper cognitive functioning and neural connections. 

Parents play a key role in ensuring  that their child gets a balanced and adequate nutrition. This section focuses on the roles that various nutrients play in shaping the brain and what parents need to know and do to promote a healthy development. 

This report by the nonprofit 1,000 Days discusses why good nutrition is particularly important during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood and suggests strategies to improve the current state. The Part 1 of this report, Nutrition in the First 1,000 days Why it Matters’ and particularly the table on pages 20-23 has valuable information about the key nutrients (their role, vital periods, sources, and common deficiencies) that parents and caregivers would find useful. 

Author: Lucy Martinez Sullivan and Cara Brumfield
Source: 1,000 Days
Estimated time to read: 37:02 (part 1), 7:19 (pages 20-23)

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When transitioning from breast milk or formula to solid foods, some infants don’t get enough nutrients that are vital for their continued growth and development. In consultation with a pediatrician, supplements can be used to fill these nutritional gaps.

happy-1196986_640
A guide to introducing solids and eating well up to baby’s first birthday

Want to find out when, what and how much solids to introduce to your baby? This visual resource illustrates how the dietary needs of infants can be met during the first year and offers sample meal plans and simple recipes. 

infant_nutrition_web

Even when babies can’t talk, they have all kinds of ways to tell us when they’re hungry and when they’ve had enough. Watch this video to learn how to identify, understand, and respond to a baby’s hunger or fullness cues. This practice is called responsive feeding’, where the parent decides what and the child decides how much and when. Responsive feeding promotes infant-parent attachment and establishes longer term positive eating behaviors.

May 10, 2018

Find simple tips recommended by a pediatrician for parents to keep in mind when feeding toddlers. 

Author: Doctor Yum (Nimali Fernando MD, MPH)
Source: The Doctor Yum Project
Estimated time to read: 03:05

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