Infant and Childhood Nutrition Tips
Today’s blog post is written by Carly Noe, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Complete Balance Nutrition. Some of you may know Carly since the feeding therapy team at High Hopes often refers families to her. We are so grateful for Carly’s partnership and her willingness to share her expertise on our blog!
With so much information at our fingertips about how to properly nourish our children, how do we determine what is essential to the growth and development of our precious little ones? In honor of National Nutrition Month, I am going to give five tips regarding the building blocks of good nutrition for infants and children. From when to introduce new foods to how to overcome or avoid picky eating habits, we will cover some of the most essential points of infant and childhood nutrition.
Tip #1: When is it appropriate to introduce certain foods, and how do we introduce new foods? Most infants are developmentally ready to start puree foods when they are four to six months old. Puree foods will compliment either breast milk or formula intake, which should remain their main source of calories and nutrition during introduction of new puree foods. Begin by offering fortified baby cereal once or twice daily using a small infant spoon or teaspoon while helping your baby sit upright. Initially, you may offer one to two teaspoons after baby finishes breast feeding or a bottle. Once your infant is tolerating runny baby cereal, you can slowly increase the thickness of it by adding less breast milk or formula until it is a