Early Childhood - Nutrition for Professionals

Early Childhood

Information for Professionals Who Work with Children: Nutrition

Kids who eat more fruits and veggies grow strong and healthy.

Children need a healthy diet to promote normal growth and development. The foods you offer and the food environment you create can make a big difference in babies’ and young children’s eating habits, food preferences and attitudes toward new foods.  

Guidelines

  • Be aware of, and avoid or modify, foods that are choking or swallowing hazards.
  • Provide healthy food choices at regular meal and snack times, then allow the child to decide how much to eat.
  • Never use foods to bribe, reward or punish a child.
Nutrition best practices

Mother’s milk is the baby’s first and healthiest food. Support new moms to breastfeed as long as they can and hold off introducing solids until the baby is at least 6 months of age.

  • Limit foods that are high in fat, sugar or sodium.
  • Serve no sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Limit 100% juice to no more than 4-6 oz per day.
  • Serve only nonfat or low fat milk to children over 2 years old.
  • Introduce vegetables before fruits, so babies acquire a taste for veggies.
  • Introduce only one new food at a time, in order to identify potential food sensitivities.

Resources

Updated Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10:13AM