Early Moments Matter parenting tips part 3: Nutrition for babies
FACT: Up to 75 per cent of each meal helps to build your baby’s brain. Your baby is growing quickly and needs more energy and nutrients than at any other time in her life. Make every bite count.
We all want what's best for our children, but being a parent isn't always easy. That’s why the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has partnered with Loop News to help you with tips, interesting insights and fun facts.
Here are a few simple suggestions to boost your baby’s nutrition from birth to toddler stage:
- Before six months, breastmilk alone meets all your baby’s energy and nutrition needs. The ‘first milk’ – or colostrum – is rich in antibodies and gives newborns an immunity boost while their own immune systems are still developing
- Breastfeeding also protects the mother from diabetes, breast and ovarian cancers, heart disease and postpartum depression.
- At six months start to introduce a variety of protein heavy soft foods (dairy, eggs, meat, fish and poultry), fruits and vegetables – every day. But breastfeeding is still important.
- Feed your baby when you see her give signs that she's hungry – such as putting her hands to her mouth. After washing hands, start by giving your baby just two to three spoonfuls of soft food, twice a day. At this age, her stomach is small so she can only eat small amounts at each meal.
- Remember – if porridge is too watery, it doesn't have as many nutrients. To make it more nutritious, cook it until it’s thick enough not to run off the spoon.
To learn more about giving your baby the best start in life, see more info at https://www.unicef.org/parenting/food-and-nutrition