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Nutrition & Feeding

It’s no secret that dark leafy greens are good for us. But have you ever wondered what the benefits for baby really are?

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite sensory play activities for babies and toddlers, and no surprise here, most of them revolve around food!

You may have heard the saying, “Food before one is just for fun.” And to a large extent, that’s true. Here’s a list of the top 12 nutrients important for proper development:

Remember paint-by-numbers? Well we’re talking feeding-by-colour! When it comes to fruits and vegetables, often the colour of the food is a great indicator of what nutrients it’s full of.

When Baby Gourmet Co-founder Jen Carlson was growing up her favorite children’s books growing up were from Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter series and Professor Wormbog, which looking back, were books that were both fun and had great underl

As a former Elementary school teacher, Baby Gourmet Co-Founder Jill Vos was an avid collector of children’s books, so her kids were exposed to books at a very young age.

Baby Gourmet President, and CEO, Michael Watt, shares a few books that top the list of family faves for his daughters Addison and Charlotte.

Among the advice new parents receive, is to devote time to reading to babies early and often.

What food is your baby ready for?

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4 months old Begin with an iron-fortified cereal (rice, oat). Start with one tsp. of prepared cereal, ensuring the texture is runny. Gradually reduce the amount of liquid. A baby will start with 2 to 3 tsp. once a day and progress from there.
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5 months old Begin with an iron-fortified cereal (rice, oat) or puréed single ingredients like apples, bananas, pears, butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Try each new food on its own for a couple days to watch for allergies or intolerances. learn more
6 months old Start serving puréed fruits, vegetables and iron-rich proteins with cereal like oatmeal or brown rice. You could try apples, bananas, pears, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, strained chicken or turkey. learn more
7 months old Now that baby has had a variety of fruits, veggies and protein, experiment with flavours. Mild herbs and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and basil help babies develop their palates, making the transition to table food easier. learn more
8 months old After enjoying cereal and puréed fruit, veggies and meat, baby may be ready for new textures. Introduce mashed versions of fruits and veggies and finger foods like ripe banana, peas, pasta and cheese. You can also add yogurt into the diet.
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9 months old After enjoying cereal and puréed fruit, veggies and meat, baby may be ready for new textures. Introduce mashed versions of fruits and veggies and finger foods like ripe banana, peas, pasta and cheese.
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10 months old Your baby is now ready to eat all cereals, fruits including berries and citrus, and vegetables including corn, spinach and tomatoes. You can also add whole eggs and all types of fish to their diet. learn more
11 months old Your baby is now ready to eat all cereals, fruits including berries and citrus, and vegetables including corn, spinach and tomatoes. You can also add whole eggs and all types of fish to their diet. learn more
12 months old Your baby is adapting to a greater range of foods and becoming more curious. Continue to offer variety with puréed, mashed, diced and bite-sized pieces. Veggies should still be gently cooked and meat tender and bite-sized. learn more

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Meet our pediatric dietitian, Jennifer House
Jennifer House works with women, babies and children with issues like starting solids, picky eating, allergies and constipation, pregnancy, nutrition, postpartum, weight loss and family meal planning.

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I receive many comments and requests from moms asking how to deal with their baby not taking to meat – they are concerned that they are not getting enough protein in their diet.