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July 27, 2018

Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help parents prepare for their baby’s transition to solid foods.

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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August 3, 2018

The immune system of infants is not fully developed at birth, making them highly susceptible to infections. Breast milk contains nearly all the essential nutrients that babies needs to be healthy, including those that benefit their immune system like antibodies, immune factors, enzymes, and white blood cells.

Learn how breast milk protects infants against a wide variety of diseases and infections not only while they are breastfeeding but in some cases long after they are weaned.

Author: Dharam Goel, MD and Purva Gujar
Source: Inceptive Education 
Estimated time to read: 04:00

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Image credit: Breastfeeding USA
August 9, 2018

Picky eating is common among toddlers. Babies usually grow a lot and quickly in their first year but their growth rate and appetite slows down in the second year. In addition, toddlers are learning lots of new skills like talking, walking, scribbling and so forth. During this period of rapid change, they often seek consistency as much as possible, including sticking to the same small group of foods.

Children’s appetites and eating behaviors typically level out with time. But here are simple tips that can help parents get through the picky eater stage.