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Ensuring healthy food for your child

There’s been news circulating that some baby foods are contaminated with heavy metals. At first glance that news can be frightening but our dietitians want to bring you peace of mind. 

Mother spoon feeding child

There’s been news circulating that some baby foods are contaminated with heavy metals. At first glance that news can be frightening but our dietitians want to bring you peace of mind.

“Being a parent is a big job, there’s always a worry at every turn,” Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Briana Walker said.  “But with the food we feed our babies, we can take simple steps to feel safe and confident.”

First, Walker says babies need only breastmilk or formula for the first 6 months of life. Breastfeeding is recommended for children up to 2 years old and beyond. When your baby is around six months old and consistently showing the signs of readiness, you can begin to feed iron-rich solid foods. Signs of readiness include better head control, sitting unsupported, moving their tongues back and forth and side to side, opening their mouths for a spoon, or reaching for food and putting it in their mouths.

Walker says one way to feel confident about what your baby is eating, is to make your own baby food.

“Making baby food isn’t as hard as it sounds,” Walker said. “Ensure you’re working in a clean environment, all you need is the food you want to feed your child, a blender, food processor or potato masher and you’re off.”

Another alternative to baby food bought in stores is feeding your infant finger foods.

Walker says starting your infant at around 9 months with small pieces of soft foods, will give your little one a good start to a life of healthy eating.

Patients of our clinic can also make an appointment with one of our dietitians to learn more about what to offer their babies to eat in place of store-bought baby food.