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Good Nutrition Starts Early

September 12, 2019
Baby Healthy Eating

Kids’ early eating experiences can affect how they eat as they get older. That’s why it’s so important to introduce them to healthy foods from the very beginning.

 

What foods should I Introduce to my child first?

   When your child is about 6 months old, you can start introducing him or her to foods and drinks other than breast milk and infant formula. For most children, you don’t need to introduce foods in a specific order.

   By the time your child is 7 or 8 months old, he or she can eat a variety of foods from different food groups. Your child needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to grow healthy and strong. Try making a rainbow of different colored foods on your child’s plate. Here are a few examples:

Drinks matter, too!

   When your child is between 6 and 12 months old, you can offer:

Once your child is 12 months old, you can begin offering fortified cow’s milk.

 

Foods to Avoid

   There are certain foods and drinks you should avoid giving your child.  If your child is under 12 months, avoid foods and drinks such as:

Be their role model

   Once your child is 12 months old or older, they’ll be eating more of the foods that you eat. Eating a healthy diet sets a good example for your children.

   It’s important for children and adults alike to limit foods that are high in sodium and added sugars.

   Eating a healthy diet can help children get the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. For adults, a healthy diet can help protect against a number of serious and costly chronic disease, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity.

   A healthy diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat or fat-free dairy. The USDA’s Choose My Plate can help you choose the healthy foods and drinks that work for your family.

 

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