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A baby’s first foods should be nutrient-focused and include healthy fats, quality meats and vegetables. Fat is necessary for nutrient absorption, brain development, hormone regulation and building the immune system. Meat is not only far more digestible for babies than carbohydrates, but is a more efficient source of the protein they require to thrive than any other food in our system. Finally, prioritizing meat, fat and vegetables over sugar and grains will help your baby’s energy and mood (read: far fewer meltdowns and way more peaceful sleep!).
In this section, we’ll fill you in on what we know about good nutrition for infants so you can
make the absolute best choice for your little one.
MEATS + VEGGIES ARE MORE
NUTRITIOUS THAN FRUITS & GRAINS
Nutrient-focused, first foods include
healthy fats, vegetables & quality meats
BRAIN & BODY
Your baby needs 30g of fat per day! This supports brain development, hormone regulation and builds the immune system.
VITAMIN SYNERGY
Fat is also needed for your baby’s digestive system to absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.
FULL & RESTED
Fats are satiating foods, which means your baby will feel full longer and get a longer, higher-quality night’s sleep.
VEG IS BETTER
Your baby naturally enjoys sweeter foods, but the high sugar content in fruit can be excessive for their tiny bodies.
IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS
Vegetables contain the same important vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber as fruits and then some!
BALANCED BLOOD
Choosing veggies, meat and fat over fruit purees means more balanced nutrition and fewer blood sugar crashes.
NUTRIENT DENSITY
Every bite counts. Choose foods that are easy to absorb and nutrient dense. Meat is high in protein, zinc, iron, and B vitamins.
EASY TO DIGEST
Your baby's stomach contains all the enzymes necessary to digest meat.
BETTER PROTEIN
Amino acids in animal protein are better absorbed that protein from vegetables
MEATS + VEGGIES ARE MORE
NUTRITIOUS THAN FRUITS & GRAINS
Nutrient-focused, first foods include
healthy fats, vegetables & quality meats
 
BRAIN & BODY
Your baby needs 30g of fat per day! This supports brain development, hormone regulation and builds the immune system.
VITAMIN SYNERGY
Fat is also needed for your baby’s digestive system to absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.
FULL & RESTED
Fats are satiating foods, which means your baby will feel full longer and get a longer, higher-quality night’s sleep.
 
VEG IS BETTER
Your baby naturally enjoys sweeter foods, but the high sugar content in fruit can be excessive for their tiny bodies.
IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS
Vegetables contain the same important vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber as fruits and then some!
BALANCED BLOOD
Choosing veggies, meat and fat over fruit purees means more balanced nutrition and fewer blood sugar crashes.
 
NUTRIENT DENSITY
Every bite counts. Choose foods that are easy to absorb and nutrient dense. Meat is high in protein, zinc, iron, and B vitamins.
EASY TO DIGEST
Your baby's stomach contains all the enzymes necessary to digest meat.
BETTER PROTEIN
Amino acids in animal protein are better absorbed that protein from vegetables
NUTRIENT DENSITY
It’s very important that a baby’s diet is focused on nutrient density from the start. Babies have increased growth and metabolism during their first few years, making their specific nutrient needs higher relative to body weight than children or adults. Organic meats, seafood, healthy fat sources and vegetables all yield some amazing nutrition. And because of the specific developmental processes children are going through, a few nutrients become particularly critical during this time, including the following.
IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
VITAMIN A
promotes healthy vision, immunity and gene expression. The best sources of vitamin in the form of retinol are liver, eggs and full-fat dairy products and the best sources of vitamin A precursors are sweet potatoes, leafy green vegetables, squash, carrots and many other orange and green fruits and vegetables.
VITAMIN B12
helps to process metabolism and is important for neurological health (including playing a role in myelination from early fetal development all the way through early adulthood). The best sources of vitamin B12 are animal products like meat, fish, shellfish, poultry and eggs.
VITAMIN C
plays a role in synthesizing collagen and neurotransmitters during childhood. It’s also critical for proper immune function. The best sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, melons, berries, kiwis, papaya, mango and pineapple.
VITAMIN D
supports children’s growing bones and teeth through its role in facilitating calcium metabolism. The best sources of naturally occurring Vitamin D (apart from what the body produces during sun exposure) are fatty fish, liver, eggs and full-fat dairy.
CALCIUM
builds bones and teeth. An adequate intake during childhood and adolescence is necessary in order for children to attain strong peak bone mass and reduce their risk of osteoporosis later in life.
IODINE
promotes brain development in infancy. The body uses iodine to synthesize thyroid hormones, which in turn helps control a number of processes in the body such as growth, metabolism and development. The best sources of naturally occurring iodine are unrefined sea salt, sea vegetables, fish, eggs and dairy products.
ZINC
plays a role in growth, development, neurological function, immune function and cell metabolism. Zinc deficiency can impair children’s physical growth and increase their susceptibility to infection, so adequate intake is important for preventing “failure to thrive.” The best sources of zinc are organic meats, shellfish, crustaceans, nuts and seeds.
OMEGA-3 FATS
(specifically DHA and EPA) build cell membranes and promote healthy brain development, vision, gene expression and nervous system function. The best meat sources are fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines, but they can also be found in avocado and olive oils.
NUTRIENT DENSITY
It’s very important that a baby’s diet is focused on nutrient density from the start. Babies have increased growth and metabolism during their first few years, making their specific nutrient needs higher relative to body weight than children or adults. Organic meats, seafood, healthy fat sources and vegetables all yield some amazing nutrition. And because of the specific developmental processes children are going through, a few nutrients become particularly critical during this time, including the following.
IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
VITAMIN A
promotes healthy vision, immunity and gene expression. The best sources of vitamin in the form of retinol are liver, eggs and full-fat dairy products and the best sources of vitamin A precursors are sweet potatoes, leafy green vegetables, squash, carrots and many other orange and green fruits and vegetables.
VITAMIN B12
helps to process metabolism and is important for neurological health (including playing a role in myelination from early fetal development all the way through early adulthood). The best sources of vitamin B12 are animal products like meat, fish, shellfish, poultry and eggs.
ZINC
plays a role in growth, development, neurological function, immune function and cell metabolism. Zinc deficiency can impair children’s physical growth and increase their susceptibility to infection, so adequate intake is important for preventing “failure to thrive.” The best sources of zinc are organic meats, shellfish, crustaceans, nuts and seeds.
VITAMIN C
plays a role in synthesizing collagen and neurotransmitters during childhood. It’s also critical for proper immune function. The best sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, melons, berries, kiwis, papaya, mango and pineapple.
VITAMIN D
supports children’s growing bones and teeth through its role in facilitating calcium metabolism. The best sources of naturally occurring Vitamin D (apart from what the body produces during sun exposure) are fatty fish, liver, eggs and full-fat dairy.
CALCIUM
builds bones and teeth. An adequate intake during childhood and adolescence is necessary in order for children to attain strong peak bone mass and reduce their risk of osteoporosis later in life.
OMEGA-3 FATS
(specifically DHA and EPA) build cell membranes and promote healthy brain development, vision, gene expression and nervous system function. The best meat sources are fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines, but they can also be found in avocado and olive oils.
IODINE
promotes brain development in infancy. The body uses iodine to synthesize thyroid hormones, which in turn helps control a number of processes in the body such as growth, metabolism and development. The best sources of naturally occurring iodine are unrefined sea salt, sea vegetables, fish, eggs and dairy products.
MACRONUTRIENT
REQUIREMENTS FOR BABIES
The composition of breast milk is a great starting point for our understanding of kids’ macronutrient needs. The macronutrient ratio of human breast milk is quite variable, and may even change based on a baby’s specific needs.
BREAST MILK RATIO
Carbohydrates — 57% to 70%.
Fat — 28% to 39%
Protein — 7% to 10%
The USDA used this information to establish a baby’s macronutrient guidelines:
 
 
PROTEIN
 
 
CARBS
 
 
FAT
 
AGE
 
0 TO 6 MONTHS
7 TO 12 MONTHS
 
0 TO 6 MONTHS
7 TO 12 MONTHS
 
0 TO 6 MONTHS
7 TO 12 MONTHS
RECOMMENDED DIETARY ALLOWANCE
 
9.1 GRAMS PER DAY
11 GRAMS PER DAY
 
60 GRAMS PER DAY
95 GRAMS PER DAY
 
31 GRAMS PER DAY
30 GRAMS PER DAY
MACRONUTRIENT
REQUIREMENTS FOR BABIES
The composition of breast milk is a great starting point for our understanding of kids’ macronutrient needs. The macronutrient ratio of human breast milk is quite variable, and may even change based on a baby’s specific needs.
BREAST MILK RATIO
Carbohydrates — 57% to 70%.
Fat — 28% to 39%
Protein — 7% to 10%
The USDA used this information to establish a baby’s macronutrient guidelines:
 
 
PROTEIN
 
 
CARBS
 
 
FAT
 
AGE
 
0 TO 6 MONTHS
7 TO 12 MONTHS
 
0 TO 6 MONTHS
7 TO 12 MONTHS
 
0 TO 6 MONTHS
7 TO 12 MONTHS
RECOMMENDED DIETARY ALLOWANCE
 
9.1 GRAMS PER DAY
11 GRAMS PER DAY
 
60 GRAMS PER DAY
95 GRAMS PER DAY
 
31 GRAMS PER DAY
30 GRAMS PER DAY