Infants & Toddlers (0-24 months)

The first two years of life is a critical period of growth and development and optimal nutrition during these years is important to prevent mortality, reduce the risk of diseases and aids overall development For all round development, health and safe nutrition, infant must be exclusively breastfed for up to 6 months of life.

Key nutrients

  • Protein,  for growth of muscles and tissues
  • Calcium, to support bone growth and development
  • Vitamin D, to build strong bones and absorb calcium
  • Iron, for red blood cell formation
  • Omega 3 fatty acid, for cognitive development

Healthy tips for infants & toddlers

  • Gradually introduce complimentary feeding along with breastfed milk to meet the nutritional needs after 6 months.
  • Introduce one food item at a time to identify any potential allergy or intolerance.
  • Introduce liquids such as water, diluted milk and semi solid foods such as kheer, ragi malt mashed fruits & vegetables etc.
  • Introduce variety of foods for the child to get used to different flavors and textures.
  • Ensure hygiene practices while preparing and feeding.
  • Introduce the foods in small amounts.
  • Avoid force feeding.