Tips for baby’s de­li­cious diet:

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Feature -

Be­gin be­fore birth. Preg­nant mothers should eat a var­ied diet, with plenty of cal­cium, vi­ta­min D, iron, and omega 3 fats. The baby needs to build up a store of these nu­tri­ents for its first six months of life.

Breast­feed­ing mothers should drink a lot of wa­ter, eat a var­ied diet, con­sume up to 500 ex­tra calo­ries daily, and take a vi­ta­min D sup­ple­ment.

Ba­bies should also re­ceive a sup­ple­ment of vi­ta­min D to help with bone growth and to re­duce the risk of de­vel­op­ing cer­tain con­di­tions. The cur­rent rec­om­men­da­tion is 5ug daily.

Solid food should be in­tro­duced from six months of age, ear­lier in some cases. A wide va­ri­ety of fruit, veg­eta­bles, fish, meat, pulses and grains are recommended.

Iron-rich foods are crit­i­cal for brain de­vel­op­ment. These in­clude for­ti­fied break­fast ce­re­als, green veg­eta­bles, red meat, eggs, beans, and pulses.

Cal­cium is nec­es­sary for build­ing strong bones. It can be found in whole milk, yogurt, cheese, salmon, tofu, broc­coli, white beans, toma­toes, and oat­meal.

Zinc plays a role in cog­ni­tion, the im­mune sys­tem, and op­ti­mal cell growth. Foods rich in zinc in­clude pork, yogurt, chicken, turkey, beef, fish, eggs, lentils, whole­meal, ched­dar cheese, and for­ti­fied ce­real.

Omega 3 fats play a role in brain and eye de­vel­op­ment and can be found in oily fish such as salmon, trout, her­ring, mack­erel and sar­dines, green leafy veg­eta­bles, and eggs.

Foods that are high in fat, salt, and su­gar are to be avoided as ba­bies’ bod­ies can strug­gle to break them down and too much can con­trib­ute to child­hood obe­sity and poor den­tal health later on.

Honey should be avoided be­cause it can con­tain bot­u­lism, a form of bac­te­ria that a baby’s im­mune sys­tem is not de­vel­oped enough to fight.

Bran is too high in fi­bre and it can im­pair the ab­sorp­tion of other nu­tri­ents such as iron and cal­cium.

Per­se­vere. Don’t as­sume a baby doesn’t like some­thing if they re­ject it on the first try. Try again. Ba­bies and chil­dren need to be of­fered some­thing ten times or more be­fore they know if they like it.

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