This guide is intended to help pediatric healthcare practitioners have conversations with their patients and provide tips for establishing smart, lifelong habits for babies when it can matter most — at the start.
HELPFUL TIP: Parents can easily find vitamin D drops at any grocery store or online. Look for brands with 400 IU of vitamin D3 per drop.
HELPFUL TIP: It’s important that, once allergenic foods are introduced, they stay in the baby’s every day diet. Parents can buy products that are a blend of these foods to make daily feeding easy. Make sure to look for products that cover a wide range of allergens, especially difficult to feed foods like shellfish or fish.
HELPFUL TIP: Be encouraged to feed babies a diversity of nutrient dense foods in infant safe formats in their first year of life; however, make sure to stay away from honey, unpasteurized foods and beverages, and limit foods with added sodium and sugars.
HELPFUL TIP: More information on establishing healthy eating patterns in infants are available from: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
HELPFUL TIP: Parents often wonder whether infants need to drink water. In fact, breastmilk or formula should provide the hydration a baby needs in the first 6 months of life! Half a cup to one cup of water may be given when babies are starting to eat solids. In order to facilitate transition from a bottle to cup or breast feeding to a cup, it is advisable to offer milk (formula/breast milk) and water randomly from a cup to the infant – that way, infants learn that cups are not only meant for drinking water.