Introducing your baby to their first solid foods can be both an exciting and challenging time for many parents and an important stage in your baby’s development. Around 6 months of age your child’s nutrient stores and requirements are no longer met by breast milk/formula alone. Introducing solids can help to ensure your child receives all the vitamins and minerals they need to grow and develop into healthy children.
Your child will benefit from healthy eating at every stage of development – from birth, when good nourishment is needed for rapid growth – to adulthood, when a well balanced diet can reduce the risk of many diet-related diseases.
Some common issues parents may experience with their child’s nutrition / food intake:
- Fussy eating
- Food refusal
- Food allergies / intolerances
- Failure to thrive – slow growth or weight gain
- Iron deficiency
- Difficulty introducing solids or progressing through food textures
- Formula requirements
- Overweight and obesity
- Special medical conditions
- Lunch box and snack ideas
- Meal time preparation – meal planning
Now is the time to introduce life-long healthy eating habits for your child and whole family. For more information or to make an appointment with one of our dietitians please contact us at one of our consult locations.