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As parents, we do know that a balanced diet is essential for a baby’s optimal growth. But, very few of us know what constitutes a healthy diet and the importance of these nutrients in ensuring long-term health. Visit https://www.littlespoon.com/ for more information.

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5 essential nutrients that every baby needs

5 Essential Nutrients That Every Baby Needs

As parents, we do know that a balanced diet is essential for a baby’s optimal growth. But, very

few of us know what constitutes a healthy diet and the importance of these nutrients in ensuring

long-term health. Here are five essential nutrients every child needs:

1.Protein:

Protein, along with carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids form the building blocks of life.

They’re essential not just for babies, but for adults as well. Proteins help repair damaged cells

and build new ones. In a baby’s body, this essential nutrient breaks down food to convert it into

amino acids that are used to grow and maintain bones, muscles, hair growth, etc. While breast

milk and formula is an important source of protein for babies until 4 to 6 months, they should be

supplemented with protein-rich baby foods. Some of the fruits and vegetables rich in proteins

include broccoli, cauliflower, apricots, kale, and peas.

2.Carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates are a very important nutrient for babies. They’re an infant’s major source of fuel

and essential for its growth and development. In fact, breast milk contains 6.9% to 7.2% of

carbohydrates. Foods rich in carbohydrates include rice, sweet potato, bananas, avocados, and

lentils.

3.Fats:

Fats are essential for a baby to ensure healthy brain development. The baby’s brain grows rapidly

in the first 1,000 days of its life. A diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids helps in the development of

brain cells and is good for the retina as well. Food such as avocado, coconut milk, coconut oil,

and pumpkin seeds are very good fats for infants.

4.Iron:

While breast milk and formula provides enough iron for babies until they are 4 to 6 months old,

they need to be supplemented with iron-rich foods after this period. Iron helps the body produce

hemoglobin, an essential nutrient of red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout our body.

Anemic babies are known to experience behavioral and cognitive development. And that is why

the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends iron-fortified foods for baby. Foods rich in

iron include leafy greens, peas, berries, apricots, and lentils.

5.Calcium:

What Essential Fatty Acids are to the brain, calcium is to the bones. It not only helps build bones

but is also essential for the baby’s muscle growth and helps promote nerve function. It helps the

blood clot properly, thereby preventing bone-related issues later in life. Besides milk and cheese,

some other important sources of calcium include

some other important sources of calcium include green leafy vegetables, butternut squash, and

chickpeas.

You could either spend time preparing baby blends that include all these nutrients or call us to

order fresh organic baby food. All our ingredients are preservative-free, certified organic and

non-GMO and made using cutting-edge technology that preserves the food’s nutritional quality.

Resource Box:

Littlespoon offers organic baby food deliveryto your door. Every baby food blend is

personalized to suit your baby’s nutritional and development needs.