Sep 25, 2012
By Jane Brown
Older parents will remember well introducing solid foods to their babies. You started with pablum or rice cereal, then veggies such as squash and sweet potatoes, followed by fruits. A few months later meat would be added to a baby’s diet. Health Canada is now recommending a change in the way foods are given to babies. New Canadian guidelines say parents should offer their 6 month old infants meat, fish, poultry or meat alternatives two or three times a day. They say these iron-rich foods should be the first ones that babies consume when being introduced to solids. Experts say iron is critical for a baby’s growth and cognitive development and by about six months, a baby’s iron stores start to diminish. Feeding meats or meat alternatives would boost iron levels to ensure proper brain development.