You gave your baby the best start by breastfeeding, and you introduced healthy solids slowly during the first half of the second year.
Your baby’s life development begins at conception. The nurturing of your baby begins from this day on and is a life-changing and sometimes daunting responsibility, the first nurturing responsibility being that of simply growing your fetus from seed to bump to a healthy newborn baby. It is a very powerful and demanding time for your body and feeding it with the right fuel is so important. Then it’s all about the growing child and their development.
Good nutrition reduces the risk of malnutrition, obesity – and not only that, it also reduces the risk of diseases like diabetes and hypertension at a later stage in their life. Good nutrition can protect your little one from illnesses, leading to proper growth and development. Just like adults require a proper balance of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) children too require different amounts of nutrients at different ages.
Vitamin A is required for proper growth and development, strengthens the immune system and takes care of eye health. Vitamin A is found in foods like papaya, tomato, mango, bell peppers, green leafy veggies, carrots, sweet potato, fish, liver, carrots, and melon.
Iron is responsible for building up a healthy blood circulatory system and improve cognitive abilities. Sources are lean meat, eggs, fish, liver, green leafy veggies, nuts, and beans.
Keep in mind that the serving sizes for children are smaller than for adults – by about one-third to one-half. So, for instance, while adults need ½ cup of veggies for a serving, kids only need ¼ of a cup. With that in mind, you can control portion sizes of healthy foods so that your child feels fuller longer and gets all the nutrients needed for health and wellness.