Building strong foundations for young children
As babies grow, their nutritional needs change. From around six months, infants can start exploring the tastes and textures of non-liquid food, supplementing the essential nutrition they receive from breast milk.
This is an important time to look for food products that can contribute to optimal growth and development.
Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study
Research shows that regular exposure to a variety of foods and flavours in the early stages of life can positively affect a child’s food preferences and eating habits later in life.
In 2008, Nestlé Nutrition conducted its 'Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study' of children up to four years old. This followed a 2002 study by Gerber examining the eating habits and nutrient intake of more than 3 000 US infants and toddlers aged 4–24 months.
The findings from these studies indicate that:
- nearly 25% of 19–24 month old babies consumed no fruit or vegetables
- french fries were the most common vegetable item consumed by infants aged 15–18 months
- almost 50% of 7–8 month olds consumed desserts, sweets or sweetened beverages
- children did not consume enough healthy fats or fibre, and consumed too much salt.
These research findings were shared with parents and paediatrician and have helped Nestlé Nutrition develop a range of nutrition options to support your infant’s crucial early years.
Nestlé Infant Cereals – The ideal food to complement breastfeeding
Infant cereals are the ideal food to complement breastfeeding. They provide all the natural goodness of cereal grains and are nutritionally complete and balanced. Nestlé infant cereals are the first cereals for infants with Bifidus BL and Immunonutrients, scientifically proven to help strengthen babies’ natural defences during the critical period where complementary foods are introduced and first years of life.