Balanced nutrition for your baby

Now that your baby is born, you will need to take the necessary steps to ensure she/he receives a balanced diet with the right nutrition. This was taken care of naturally when your baby was in your womb, but as a new mother, you may be feeling in need of some guidance. We believe that, thanks to our balanced diet suggestions, your baby will acquire not only the necessary nutrition, but also good eating habits. Here are our suggestions:

  • Breast milk provides the best start to your baby’s nutrition, and is most effective at ridding possible toxins from your baby’s body.
  • To prevent fluid loss in your baby, you must breastfeed regularly; this is even more important in babies who are not yet ready to drink water. Once your baby is ready to drink water (after around six months), you should encourage them to do so.
  • Your baby is usually ready to have solid foods from around six months old. You may continue to breastfeed or provide milk formula alongside solid food.
  • After weaning, your baby’s diet should include a balanced diet that contains, among other nutrients, fibre, to help avoid diarrhea; and protein, to aid growth.
  • Ensure your baby’s diet avoids salt, sugar, saturated fat and artificial flavourings.
  • Your baby, who has a delicate structure, shouldn’t skip any meal, especially breakfast, which is the most important mealof the day.

Diet in babies between 1–2 years old

The most important nutrients for children aged one to two years old are: iron, calcium, vitamin C and vitamin D. Infants in this age group need to have a balanced and regular diet. When fruit, vegetables, cereals, meat, milk, oil and sugar are added to your baby's diet, there should also be enough calcium. That’s why your one-to-two-year-old should consume a matchbox-sized amount of, for example, feta cheese, yogurt and milk every day.

Your baby’s bone development, which accelerates precisely in this period, depends on consuming adequate levels of vitamin D. Natural vitamin D is sunlight; but during winter, or if sunlight is not possible, make sure your baby meets her vitamin D need with cheese, butter, milk and fish oil.