Nutrients required for infants
Good nutrition for the first 2 years is vital for healthy growth and development. Starting good nutrition practices early can help children develop healthy dietary patterns. Mealtime can be fun, rewarding, and sometimes messy time for you and your child. The healthy mealtime patterns you and your child start now will help promote healthy habits in the future.
Choosing how to feed your baby has life-long effects for your baby and for you. The ideal for your baby for several months is mother’s milk, for the first 6 months give your baby mother’s milk nothing else, after 6 months along with mothers milk give purees made up of fruits like apple, banana, mango, watermelon, and vegetables puree made up of vegetables like spinach, sweet potato, beetroot, tomato, pumpkin, potato.
Start solid foods when your baby can hold up their head, sit up with support, and no longer has tongue thrusting. Give a different combination of purees to your baby as it will help to develop the taste buds. Do not give these types of food to your baby during the first year of life.
• Foods that can be easily choked like peanuts, grapes, raisins or popcorn. You must provide all the essential nutrients, minerals, proteins, fiber, vitamins in your baby’s diet, which will promote health, improve the immune system of your baby.