What Nutrients Does My Infant Need?

There are many nutrients that both newborns and infants need on a daily basis. These nutrients are crucial for healthy brain development, bone growth and immune system development. However, if these nutrients are so crucial, how you can ensure that your child gets the recommended daily dose that they need?

One of the most important nutrients that both newborns and infants need is Iron. Iron is crucial for newborns and infants brain development. If they do not get sufficient amounts of this important nutrient, it has been shown that it can lead to brain and motor function abnormalities. Fortunately baby formula has sufficient amounts of iron to meet the child’s needs for the first year.

Even infant cereal contains sufficient amounts of iron that your baby needs. After that when your child is old enough to eat solid foods, there are many foods that contain this crucial nutrient that you can give to your child – such as turkey, beef, eggs, broccoli, spinach and beans. The recommended daily dosage for iron is around 7-11 milligrams per day.

Calcium is yet another important nutrient that every newborn and infant needs on a daily basis. This important mineral is responsible for helping children reach their peak bone mass, which is incredibly important for building strong bones in your child. The daily recommend dosage for calcium is about 500 milligrams.

The good news is that most children develop a liking to calcium foods early on with the infant formula so it usually isn’t an issue to give your child something with adequate amounts of calcium in it. Just a cup of milk already contains 250 milligrams of calcium. Other foods that you can give your child that are calcium rich are salmon, cheese, orange juice, and oatmeal. Most people do not realize that foods like broccoli and tomatoes are abundant in calcium too, so now is the time to make eating vegetables fun for your baby/infant.

Another ingredient that all infants and newborns need is Zinc. The nutrient Zinc is responsible for many important things, such as helping with cognition development, maintain a healthy immune system and to help enhance cell growth and cell repair. Without this crucial nutrient it is common to see impaired growth, high susceptibility to infection and an increased risk of diarrhea.

A child needs to have about 3 milligrams a day of Zinc in order to maintain their development. There are many foods that contain this mineral that you can give to your child. Any from the following list will help to boost consumption of zinc:-

  • Pork, Turkey, Beef and Fish
  • Milk & Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Infant cereal (even regular fortified cereal)

As we have discussed above, there are many important nutrients that your child needs on a daily basis. These nutrients are responsible for a variety of things such as helping your child to develop strong bones, a strong immune system and all around healthy cells.

While many parents think that ensuring that their children get these important nutrients is going to be hassle, it is not necessarily the case. There are many foods out there that your child will find palatable but will also provide the required nutrients to keep them healthy.

How To Make Eating Vegetables Fun For Your Child

Most of us remember that when we were younger, that we hated to eat our vegetables. Children today are no different. In fact, they may even be worse in this respect. While trying to get our children to eat their vegetable can give even the best of us migraines, it is not an impossible feat.

The key to making it happen is to inject a bit of fun into the process. This post will outline a few things that you can try to make it easier to get your children to eat their vegetables.

The first thing you want to do is to set an example for your child. How do you expect a child to eat a Brussels sprout if Mom or Dad point blank refuse to eat them as well?!

Unfortunately if you want your children to eat their veggies you’re going to have to take one for the team and eat the vegetables with them too. Children only eat what they are taught to eat and leading in this way will help immensely in the long run.

Another way you can help you child to eat their vegetables is to make eating them fun. Make a game out of it! Role play with broccoli such as in order to outrace a scary t-rex the child has to eat as many as they can in order to get away.

Children love games and it has been proven time and time again that creating games out of boring practices makes it more fun and children are more willing to do whatever it is.

Another creative way you can use to help your child to eat their vegetable is to have them involved with the cooking process. It has been proven that children will eat almost anything that they help to prepare. Not only will this help your child to eat their vegetables but it was also help to make the entire process a happy time for them.

While they help you to prepare the evening meal or lunch you can teach them about vegetables and explain why vegetables help them to become big and strong. While you do this also make sure to offer a variety of colors of vegetables. This will make their food colorful and bright and make it more interesting for them to eat.

Giving them a rainbow color scheme of vegetable will pique your child’s interest in the food and they will most likely eat it without complaint.

Yet another way to interest them in the eating process is to include them in the purchasing process. Take them shopping and let them choose – or at least think they are choosing – the foods that they will be eating. This method of letting them control parts of their life works in all parts of their life and is a great way to give them some responsibility at a young age.

One last thing that you can do to help your child eat vegetables is to reward them for eating them. Show them that when they eat their veggies that they get something in return. You don’t need to reward them with something expensive like a new PlayStation! You can use a sticker on a calendar method when they eat and at the end of the month get them a special toy or a day out.

As you can see we have covered many methods you can use to make eating vegetables fun for your child. As long as you make the process fun or have them involved in the cooking process you should have no trouble with your child eating vegetables and having them grow up big and strong in the future.