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This stage of early life nutrition focuses on the nutritional needs of infants 12-24 months of age. These kiddos are now on the move and ready to try lots of new things! Pasta, meat, and more fruit and vegetable varieties are introduced at this stage, and vitamin and mineral fortified purees, bars, and cereals start to take a more leading role. At this stage in early life nutrition, the child is beginning to refine their individual taste preferences, so introducing a variety of healthy food options in this phase helps guide kids to healthier food choices later. It’s also important to note that parents are encouraged to focus on getting children the nutrients they need through their food rather than through daily supplements. Providing parents with solutions fortified with important nutrients like calcium, protein, iron, and B vitamins can help parents feel at ease that their little ones are getting the nutrients they need.
Important nutrients include:
- Vitamin D
- B vitamins
Considerations for Development
- Convenient formats (less mess!)
- Vitamin and mineral fortification
- New textures and more complex flavors