• Introduce one new food at a time so • Infants go through many growth spurts • Breast milk is the best nutritional option your child can choose if he/she likes it & need extra nutrients at those times. for infants. or not. • Extra breast milk or formula will do. • Do not introduce any other new food • Breast milk offers infants a natural immunity against many infections by • Texture of food should be smooth and for a few days, giving yourself a passing on antibodies from the mother to thinned. chance to detect any allergic the child. • Reduce the liquidity of foods as the baby reactions. • Although breast milk contains many of becomes a more experienced eater. • Be aware of your baby’s food the essential vitamins, minerals and fatty allergies BEFORE you bring in a new • Keep it simple and separate. acids, it does not contain Vitamin D. item to their diet. Infants who are exclusively breast-‐fed • If you think he/she is allergic, wait a require a separate Vitamin D week before trying the food again -‐ if supplement. they react again, then they are • Infants that are breast-‐fed have a lower The required amount children should eat possibly allergic. Consult your chance of developing allergies and have according to Canada’s Food Guide. pediatrician a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death • Consult your pediatrician about your Children 2-3 4-8 9-13 baby’s nutrient needs. Syndrome (SIDS). Age Years Years Years • Cow’s milk can be introduced to the • Avoid feeding your child foods like; old old old infant at 12 months, but until that time, chocolate, honey or egg whites until Vegetables 4 5 6 commercial baby formula is the next best you know for sure they’re not & Fruits servings servings servings option to breast milk. allergic. Grain 3 4 6 Products servings servings servings Milk & 2 2 3-4 Alternatives servings servings servings Meat & 1 1 1-2 Alternatives servings servings servings Did you know When feeding Did you know? When introducing children cereal, you should start vegetables to children it is better to with single-‐grain varieties. start with milder options, like sweet Did you know? When feeding children fruits, Make sure it is not sweetened; potatoes or carrots. For best results choose those that are natural and easily keep it natural. boil them to make it soft and easy to digestible. swallow.