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This stage of early life nutrition focuses on the nutritional needs of infants 9-12 months of age. In this stage, parents can introduce more solid foods and animal dairy, like cheese and yogurt, to their child’s diet as teeth are starting to come through and many little ones are newly on the move. This stage is a game-changer both for nutrition and life in general. For many, breastfeeding has either stopped or started to decrease substantially, and children begin to get more nutrients from their food than from breastmilk or infant formula. Extruded snacks like puffs and melts are great snacks for this group. Those go-to purees get more advanced in both ingredients and texture, and flavor profiles also start to get more complex as children develop opinions on what they like and what they don’t (and they’ll definitely let you know about them).
Important nutrients for this stage are similar to other stages of early life nutrition and include:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
Considerations for Development
- Introducing more complex textures and flavors
- Snacks that little fingers can pick up themselves
- Introduction of animal dairy products