CDC Launches Website on Infant and Toddler Nutrition

Good nutrition during the first 2 years of life is vital for healthy growth and development. Children grow and develop every day. As they grow older, their nutrition needs change. Children with healthier eating patterns in their first year of life are more likely to have a healthier eating pattern later on. Yet too many children are not eating a healthy diet.

Among U.S. children between 1 to 2 years of age:

  • 15% are iron deficient,
  • Fewer than half ate a vegetable on a given day, and
  • More than 3 out of 10 children drank a sugar-sweetened beverage on a given day.

Credible information about infant and toddler nutrition is important for parents and caregivers. CDC is providing parents of young children with this nutrition information to help infants and toddlers get a healthy start in life.

CDC is releasing a website that brings together existing information and practical strategies on developing healthy eating patterns for infants and toddlers, from birth to 24 months of age.

Topics include:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Formula feeding
  • Essential vitamins & minerals
  • Introduction of solid foods
  • Foods and drinks to encourage
  • Tips on mealtime routines, …and more!

The Power of Music

Why is singing with your little one so important? Listening to music and singing together is a great way to have fun, bond, and help your child learn! Like talking and reading, singing supports your child’s language development. Music introduces children to new words, sound patterns, and much more! These skills help build the necessary foundation for learning how to read.

The power of music extends beyond supporting language development; music also builds social connections! When you make singing a family activity, not only are you building bonds between you and your child, you are also strengthening relationships between siblings.

Whenever possible, play music in your home and select music that you enjoy listening to together. PBS Parents has great tips on how to create a musical home environment for your little one.

Sharing nursery rhymes and lullabies can support your child’s development! It’s easy to create your own lullaby to sing with your baby! Check out this video Too Small to Fail created with Carnegie Hall to learn how you can create a special song for your little one. And for more lullabies, take a look at Carnegie Hall’s new playlist on Spotify Kids.

From Too Small to Fail

Sun Protection Safety: Infants

sun safety infants

Before you head to the beach  with your kids, don’t forget the sunscreen. But is sunscreen lotion right for all children?

Babies have sensitive skin, and the chemicals in sunscreen may put them at risk for side effects. Get sun safety tips on how to protect your infant from the sun.