Babies: A Nutrition and Development Guide
From newborns to 1-year-olds, learn what babies should be eating and what milestones they should be reaching in the first year of life.
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Congratulations, your baby is no longer considered an infant – now a “toddler.” Although by this time these munchkins are 3 times their birth weight, their growth tends to slow down now, along with their appetite. Discuss whether or not your baby may need a daily multivitamin with the doctor. You can now finally get rid of formula and start whole cow’s milk, but make sure to serve milk with every meal. Serve 3 meals a day to mimic your own meal schedule, replace baby food with table food, and wean off the bottle to be replaced by the sippy cup. Milk intake should be between 16 and 24 ounces per day maximum, in order to allow for better solid intake. You can also make water readily available.
Your baby’s skill and development is really taking off now, as well. About 50% of 1-year-olds are able to walk, and perhaps even squat in the middle of play and then resume. They can also grasp using their thumb and index finger, called a “pincer grasp.” They also can say “mama” and “dada,” and start to follow simple directions. And they will be seeking your involvement in play – so please be a role model and play with your child for at least one hour a day. TV exposure in kids less than 2 years has been shown to be harmful to brain development, so limit this to strictly no more than one hour a day.
Congratulations – you’ve made it through what many parents think of as the toughest year (although the teen years are a very close second). You’ve survived the sleep deprivation, the lack of free time (although that, sadly, doesn’t end here), and stringent food/sleep schedules. What’s next? Toddlers, tantrums, and the toilet, oh my!
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