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A day in your 6 to 7 month old’s diet

A day in your 6 to 7 month old’s diet

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This sample day was created by registered dieticians to help meet the nutrition goals for your 6 to 7 month old baby. Your child may eat more or less, so always follow his hunger and fullness cues.

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Morning feedingMilk feed (cow’s milk should not be offered to babies younger than 1 year old)

Breakfast2 tablespoons pureed fruit, such as peaches or pears2 tablespoons dry infant cereal mixed with milk that baby is currently using (for NESTUM) or mixed with previously boiled, cooled water (for CERELAC)

Mid-morning snackMilk feed

Lunch1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons pureed vegetables, such as carrots4 tablespoons pureed meatMilk feed

Afternoon snackMilk feed

Dinner2 tablespoons dry cereal mixed with milk that baby is currently using (for NESTUM) or mixed with previously boiled, cooled water (for CERELAC)2 tablespoons pureed fruitMilk feedEvening feedingMilk feed

Foods to wait onGiving your baby more adult foods, such as sweetened beverages, chips or cookies, may seem like a treat for your little one, but nutritionally these don’t offer much.

Hold up on the sugar and saltSome babies are being introduced to salty snacks, chips and soda as young as 7 to 8 months old. These foods are inappropriate for such young children and run the risk of filling them up before they can eat more nutritious foods. This also establishes poor eating habits at a very young age that may become harder to change as time goes on.

Do not offer sweetened beveragesSweetened drinks should not be part of the infant’s diet. And, because of their relatively high natural sugar content, some nutrition and health experts suggest that fruit juices should not be introduced during the first year. If you choose to offer juice, you may start after six months by offering juice from a cup to introduce new flavours. Never offer juice in a bottle. Start with 30 t0 60 ml per day, and limit juice to no more than 120 ml a day. Only give your child 100% juice, not juice drinks or other blended juice-like beverages, which contain added sweeteners.

Waiting on cow’s milkCow’s milk is not an appropriate beverage for your baby before 1 year of age.

CONSULT YOUR DOCTORTalk with your paediatrician to see which milk option is right for your child once he’s reached his 1 year old birthday.

Hold off on the honeyHoney can contain botulinum spores and cause serious health problems. Even in small amounts, honey can be dangerous for a baby younger than 12 months.

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