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Recommended Nutritional Requirements for an Infant

Recommended Nutritional Requirements for an Infant

Feeding toddlers is no easy feat. Usually, once your child turns one, their growth has begun to slow down and appetite decreases as a result. Your once active eater might suddenly appear fussy.

We’re all born with the innate wisdom of how to best nourish ourselves.

The Daily Intake Guide or % is a set of reference values for an acceptable intake of nutrients including:

  • Energy
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Saturated Fatty Acids
  • Carbohydrate
  • Sodium (Salt)
  • Sugars
  • Dietary Fibre.

Fats

Fats are an essential part of a baby’s nutritional requirement that helps provide babies with energy along with fat-soluble Vitamins like A, D, E and K. Since a baby’s stomach is small, they need energy that is in a concentrated form and should, quantity-wise be something that their stomach is able to hold. Fats are also very important when it comes to the healthy development of a child’s brain and the eyes.

Protein

It plays a crucial role in the development of new cells in our body, which in turn is extremely important for a baby’s growth. Understandably, the intake of proteins is essential for a newborn and something that can be found in breast milk itself.

First foods

The first solid food to offer your infant is iron-fortified infant rice cereal with infant formula or breast milk, mixed to a thin consistency. We may also introduce mashed potato, sweet potato and ground cereal.

Second Foods

When your baby has mastered cereals, he is probably ready to start strained vegetables.

One should introduce at least 1 new food every week, to help recognize possible food allergies or intolerances.

You may also gradually start offering your infant soft finger foods such as egg yolks, bananas, soft meat sticks, soft cheese, tofu and oat ring cereal.

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