During their first year babies triple their birth weight and increase in length by 50%. To fuel that amazing development, eating is the top priority every day. With tummies too tiny to eat a lot babies compensate by eating often. And that food has to be nutritionally rich.
Besides physically growing, your baby is also socially, emotionally and cognitively developing. Food plays a role in all these areas.
Babies gain control as they grow: they transition from reflexive sucking with a bottle, to crawling by age one, to using a precise pincer grasp to feed themselves solid food they bite, chew and swallow – food that probably comes from your plate.
In the early months, offer breast milk or formula to your baby as he or she requests. Attentive feeding lays a healthy foundation for growth with a supportive, loving environment. At the right time, gradually add solid foods to vary texture and consistency and give your baby the important nutrients he or she needs to grow. This also stimulates their little mouths for oral and motor development.
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