The Importance of Iron for Babies
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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends whole cow’s milk up to age 2 and low-fat cow’s milk after that to help meet calcium requirements. For dairy-free children, a fortified, unsweetened soy milk is nutritionally equivalent to cow’s milk and our top choice for children. With soy allergies, we recommend a fortified, unsweetened pea milk instead.
Soy is not only safe for children, it’s likely beneficial. Soyfoods are a good source of high-quality protein, essential fatty acids, calcium, choline and iron. Additionally, there is some research that when soyfoods are consumed early in life, they may help reduce breast cancer risk in girls.
Mild picky eating is common and developmentally normal! That said, we know what a pain it can be to watch your “eats everything” babe suddenly start to shun their favorite foods. That’s why we’ve created a library of resources to help you. Start here.
Baby-led weaning (BLW) is just a term used to describe feeding your infant solid food right from the start. BLW is intended to begin around 6 months of age, or when your baby has met the required milestones of sitting up and bringing his hand to his mouth to eat food. When using baby led weaning, your baby will mostly eat foods that are soft, easy to grab, and cut into long strips about the width of a pinky nail.
Check out our Top 10 Food Ideas for Baby-Led Weaning here and, our First Bites ebook– the definitive guide to baby-led weaning for plant-based and predominantly plant-based babes.
It depends! There are several factors that you’ll want to consider when deciding whether your child needs supplements including diet, level of selective eating, location, and more. To make it easy, we’ve created a free supplement guide that walks you through the various recommendations of supplementation by age, things to consider, and PBJ-approved brands. Grab it here.