August Blogs

Introducing Solids to Your Baby
 

by Clara Lavandier, RD

Starting solids with your baby feels like a graduation for you and the child. It is a small step toward independence in that they no longer rely completely on their mother's breast milk for nourishment. By six months of age, babies are ready for new foods, textures and methods of feeding. But how do you know when your baby is ready for solid food? Baby is ready for solids when he or she can sit up comfortably, has good head control, opens his or her mouth when food is offered, can swallow food placed on the tongue (does not squeeze it out) and can turn his or her head away when finished eating. Another cute indicator at this age is if they seem interested in food and watch you eat.

 

Nutrition for Toddlers

by Clara Lavandier, RD

According to Canada’s Food Guide, children in the 2-3 year age range should consume 4 servings of Vegetables and Fruit, 3 servings of Grain Products, 2 servings of Milk and Alternatives and 1 serving Meat and Alternatives. (Check link to Canada’s Food Guide for serving sizes). Because children at this age tend to eat very small servings at meals and snacks, several small servings from each of the food groups will help them meet their needs. A child’s appetite may vary from day to day, and you may think they ‘eat like a bird’ at times, but if your child’s growth is normal there is no need to be concerned. It is important to keep a positive attitude about food and meals in general. Avoid discussing a child’s appetite in front of him or her and keep servings of snacks and drinks small between meals. Keeping a regular schedule for meals (4-5 hours apart) and snacks (2 hours before a meal) can help ensure toddlers come to the table ready to eat.

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