With do-it-yourself parents leaving the jarred baby food on the shelf and making their own pureés like brown rice, sweet potato, apples and more. They may be missing the mark when it comes to including enough iron, despite good intentions. Most healthy infants are born with enough iron stores to initially meet their needs. But at about six months, baby’s iron stores start to deplete and breast milk can no longer meet his or her nutritional requirements.[i]
Health Canada recommends babies between six and twelve months should be offered iron-rich foods two or more times a day.[ii] Iron is an essential nutrient for an infant’s growth and carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body, including the brain, and helps a baby remember all of the new things learned each and every day.
Today, Nestlé Gerber is serving up the chance to WIN a “Feeding Time Fun” prize pack, valued at over $100 with special treats including Baby Cereal, which provides 100 per cent of the daily value of iron babies need and to give moms an easy and delicious way to offer an iron-rich option at every meal.
The prize pack includes:
· Three boxes of Nestlé Gerber Cereal
· Safety 1st Recline & Grow 5-stage Feeding Seat
· Gerber snack bowls
· Gerber Kiddy Cutlery 3-Pc Set
· Babies R Us 10 pack bibs
· Babies R Us – 12-pack super soft washcloths
· Straw Basket
[i] Butte N, Lopez-Alarcon M, Garza C. Nutrient adequacy of exclusive breastfeeding for the term infant during the first six months of life. Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organization: WHO Press; 2002.
[ii] Joint Statement of Health Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada, and Breastfeeding Committee for Canada. Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants: Recommendations from Birth to Six Months. 2012. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/