Posts tagged iron rich foods
Getting Started with Your Child in the Kitchen

One of my favorite recommendations to families that may have a picky or selective eater is to get them helping in the kitchen, which can assist to encourage them to try new foods. Creating food is a sensory experience: we are touching, smelling and tasting - which are all beneficial to trying new foods! There have been so many times my daughters have surprised me by trying something new (check out the picture of my 4 year old eating raw spinach).

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Iron Rich Foods for Infants and Toddlers

At your baby’s 4 or 6 month checkup, your doctor may discuss starting your baby on solid foods.  It is an exciting time – up until this point your baby has been taking in all of his nutrition from breast milk or formula, and you get to shape his palate with new flavors and textures over the next 6 months and beyond.  Your doctor may have talked to you about introducing iron rich foods early on.  This is because iron stores in your baby typically start to become depleted around 6 months of age.  I typically recommend families wait until 6 months of age to start solids (although I have heard pediatricians recommend between 4-6 months). 

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Offering whole milk after one year of age: Is it really necessary?

My clients and students often ask  - is cow's milk something all kids need?  Most parents hear from pediatricians not to provide cow's milk prior to one year of age, but after the child turns one year old, to start providing a few cups per day.  Below, I examine the recommendation and the nutrition facts parents should know.

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Meeting Your Child’s Nutrition Needs: Iron

When we think about vitamin and mineral needs, iron is a mineral that may come to mind. It’s a important component of hemoglobin, which is a component of red blood cells that transport oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body. It is also one of the most common mineral deficiencies, especially in children.

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