Baby Nutrition Table – The Foods Your Baby Needs
By the time your baby is about 10 months of age he or she will be enjoying a variety of solids and you will have introduced foods from all the food groups.
Baby will be relying more and more on solids for his or her nutritional needs, so to ensure healthy growth and development you will need to plan meals carefully to include all the right elements in a well-balanced diet. Proteins, vitamins, minerals, fats and carbohydrates must all be combined in the right proportions to satisfy your baby’s energy, growth, organ-function and system requirements.
Always discuss your baby’s development with your doctor who will help you with any specific dietary needs, but below is a simple guide to the basic elements necessary in a well-balanced diet for baby.
|Food Element:||Needed To:||Good Sources:|
|Vitamins||Help the body absorb food and use it effectively, and support the body’s immune system.||Fresh fruits and vegetables|
|Minerals||Ensure that vital organs function well, and balance the body’s water content.||Breast or formula milk, cereals, eggs, green leafy vegetables, meat|
|Proteins||Support growth and help the body to repair itself.||Poultry, meat, grains, dairy products, eggs and legumes|
|Carbohydrates||Provide energy for maintaining bodily functions.||Breast or formula milk, whole grains, pasta, potatoes, beans, legumes, dairy products and fruit|
|Fats||Store energy.||Breast or formula milk, vegetable oils
These recommendations, of course, apply equally all members of your family. When your baby begins to enjoy meals with the family, remember to include the foods mentioned in healthy meals for everyone!