According to the World Health Organization, iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the world, which is especially concerning since iron is critical for proper growth and development during childhood and adolescence. Health Canada recognizes the critical importance of offering iron-rich foods such as meat to babies as their first solid foods starting at 6 months, and through the toddler years. #EveryBiteCounts
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Tips for introducing solid foods:
- To ensure your baby is tolerating new foods, wait two to three days before introducing a next new food.
- Help your baby learn to eat foods with different tastes and textures. He/she may only require puréed foods for a very short time, or not at all.
- Your baby should progress from soft mashed or minced foods quickly and then onto soft foods that are chopped into small chunks or pieces.
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