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What Foods do Babies Need?

What Foods do Babies Need?

Your baby’s nutrition is of prime importance to you. You need to be aware that for the first six months you are to provide exclusive breastfeeding to the baby and only post that time is you to opt for solid foods. However, when you begin feeding the baby solid foods you need to be aware of the type and the kind of nutrients that your baby’s body shall be requiring.

Nutrients that the babies need:

Babies can get all the nutrients they need from breast milk until they are around 6 months old. And after 6 months don’t force feed baby to eat until they are not interested. While using the spoon, wait for your baby to open their mouth and start offering just a few pieces or the tea spoon of food.  Well, the variety of food in baby’s diet really important. Some important nutrients do all baby needs such as:-

  • IRON: – It is important for the development of the brain. Lack of this mineral can lead to motor deficiencies. Formula meets iron needs for the first year and after your baby is 6 months old, two servings of iron fortified cereal provide the 11 milligrams your baby needs, so make cereal for first solid food for your baby.
  • CALCIUM: – This mineral helps children for building strong bones and also preventing fractures when they start playing. Once you switch to whole milk, your baby needs 500 milligrams daily.
  • ZINC: – ZINC’S primary roles are to maintain immune function and assure optimal cell growth. Deficiency of zinc leads to improper growth, increased risk of diarrhea and infection. Zink is most commonly found in iron rich foods.
  • VITAMIN A AND VITAMIN D:- Vitamin A helps in proper vision and healthy skin and vitamin D helps in increase in calcium absorption and also helps with bone growth. Deficiency of vitamin D can lead to bone weakening (rickets). Good source of vitamin A includes carotene rich fruits and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and broccoli. And there are some few foods which are rich in vitamin D like cow’s milk and egg yolks.
  • VITAMIN E AND VITAMIN K:– All antioxidant are rich in vitamin E which helps in cell growth and development of the nervous system and vitamin K helps in normal blood clotting. Vitamin E rich foods include vegetable oils, cereals, and grains. And for vitamin K rich foods are cow’s milk, green leafy vegetable fruits, and soybean oil.
  • VITAMIN C AND VITAMIN B:- Vitamin helps in absorption of iron and prevents scurvy. Vitamin B includes folic acid which helps in boost the immune and nervous system also maintain healthy skin and promote cell growth. Vitamin C found in citrus, strawberries, and potatoes and vitamin B found in brown rice, bananas, eggs, meat, fish, and poultry.

 

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