Proper Infant Nutrition
How to introduce first foods and solids to
How to know your baby is ready for a new food.
What nutrients does a baby need?
Reduce lifetime allergies and other health
Proper infant nutrition at its most powerful relies on nutrient packed, whole foods. No additional nutrients are needed.
helping baby's immune system get set up..
In addition, the timing of the introduction of foods, and the way you do it, is a huge influence on the healthy - or unhealthy - development of the child.
For example, many popular beliefs - such as using rice cereal as a first food - actually work against the child.Parents have great power to set up Baby to desire and enjoy foods that support life, or foods that set up the child for a lifetime of disease, obesity, and addiction.
- Importance of starting with breast feeding.
of introducing food poorly
- Modeling behavior
- Making and freezing your own baby food
- Do you have not enough breast milk?
This means you could give a baby a food overflowing with great nutrients, but give it too early. You could give poor quality baby food from store shelves, and teach baby to desire harmful foods for life.
Keep in mind that until the last hundred years or so, babies nursed for very long times. For their bodies and minds, this is normal.
Following the child’s lead means learning to recognize Baby's signals. Resistance should be interpreted as a sign that it’s not time yet.
Signs of baby's readiness to eat solid food:
- Sitting up alone
- Able to swallow food
- Has an effective pincer grasp
Click to learn why cow's milk does NOT provide proper infant nutrition.
A child who is ready to eat does not need to be spoon fed. The introduction of solid food should be child-led, meaning the baby has sufficient reach and pincer grasp to get the food. Most babies don’t need you to puree the food, though mashing may be helpful.
Model the eating behavior you want baby to follow.
It may take 10 to 15 times before a new food is accepted.
The Family Plate
Baby’s food should be fresh, ideally local, organic and, for animal products, pastured and grass fed. Just for starters, such food has healthier oils, a richer nutrient profile, and far fewer poisons.
Jarred, boxed, canned or otherwise packaged food is of low nutrient value, devitalized, old and processed. Just as you would not make a regular habit of eating packaged foods, so baby should not be fed such things.
The abundance of packaged “baby foods” in both conventional and natural food markets is nothing more than a ploy to increase the profits of food companies. The food is NOT nutritious. Avoid them.
Good information on contents for the family plate from the Weston Price Foundation.
Some good information on proper infant nutrition, but note - she suggests very specific foods. For example, grassfed meat is usually not available at the grocery store, but in a health food store.
Place them in ice cube trays covered with waxed paper or plastic, and freeze.
More details on making and freezing baby food.
the schedule for introducing foods.
Other pages in this series:
- Part 1 (this
Covers when and how to introduce solid foods and provide proper infant nutrition.
- Part 2
Provides a schedule and guide for how to go about introducing food to baby, month by month, as well as giving baby a taste for nutritious foods.
- Part 3
Lists foods to avoid giving to babies, and some you should.
- Part 4
Describes how to make and freeze your own, super-healthy, baby food.