So your baby is sending you cues that they want to start solids….they are watching you eat with a wishful look in their eye, opening their mouth every time you go to take a bite and trying to steal your spoon out of your hand.
Although the introduction of solid foods is important to meet your baby’s changing nutritional needs, this is also a time of discovery and experimentation and it is important to remember that babies will progress at different rates.
Speech and language are fundamental to children’s cognitive and behavioral development. It provides them an important tool to learn and communicate. It is also fundamental to their personality and sense of identity.
Brain development starts in utero, and while the cognitive, social and emotional parts of the brain will continue to development across the lifespan, a great deal of the brain’s ultimate structure and capacity is shaped early in life before 3 years of age .
Pregnancy is a challenging time in terms of knowing what you can and cannot eat. There are lots of nutrients needed to help your baby develop and keep you healthy, so pregnancy is an important time to put nutrition first.
The weeks following the birth of your baby are filled with excitement, sleeplessness and possibly stress. While during pregnancy you were most likely very attentive to what you ate, eating well with a new baby can be challenging.
Breastmilk is a unique source of nutrition containing immune stimulating and microbiome developing compounds. The composition of breastmilk changes over the course of lactation and varies within and between feeds.
During the second trimester, systems that formed during the first trimester start to become more complex and functional. Growth rate needs to be maintained, so your ongoing nutrition and general health are very important at this stage.
Finding out that you are pregnant brings much excitement and hope to you and your family. With the miracle of a new life comes the responsibility of giving your baby the gift of a lifetime – good health.