Nutrition Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers

Start Healthy Feeding Guidelines for Children Ages 0 to 24 Months are being developed by the USDA-ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center (CNRC), American Dietetic Association and Gerber Food Products Company.

From the news release: “We felt that there was a lot of information out there for when a child
is first born,” says Nancy Butte, professor of pediatrics at Baylor and
CNRC. “But there was really no concrete guidance for parents feeding
children aged 6 to 24 months.”

Guideline topics include coping with food allergies and sensitivities,
how to feed infants and develop children’s self-feeding skills, and the
importance of physical activity.

It’s disappointing to see the government partnering with a food manufacturer to present nutrition education. Surprise, surprise, the Start Healthy web site is interspersed with Gerber product plugs. But, Gerber did do a better job packaging the information in a friendly manner than I’ve seen from any government site.

‘Knowing what’s best for baby to eat’ [] Expanded article based on the USDA news release.

Feeding Guidelines for Toddlers brochure  [1.9MB PDF from American Dietetic Association at]

Start Healthy, Stay Healthy web site [] Includes PDF feeding plans and feeding charts.

Alternate Start Healthy, Stay Healthy front page [] This page is tailored to the news release, but could be temporary for the promotion of this news announcement.


One Response to “Nutrition Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers”

  1. Kelly Hjelmeland says:

    If you are looking for good information on feeding your baby you can’t do any better than the “Super Baby Food,” book by Ruth Yaron. It shows you how to make all your own baby food. No comercialized prepackaged stuff here. Follow even some of the guidelines inn this book and you will have the best fed baby on the block. So forget the gerber stuff and make your own. It really is easier than you think.

    July 1st, 2007 at 10:06 pm