Nutrition for a healthy infant


Infancy is the period in a child's life between birth and 12 months of age.


Infant nutrition is important for development in the first two years because the baby's brain and body are growing so rapidly (Berk, 2010). Proper nutrition is critical in this stage in part it will help with reaching full potential for cognitive, physical, and emotional development. Twenty-five percent of infants' total caloric intake is devoted to growth, and babies need extra calories to keep rapidly developing organs functioning properly (Berk, 2010).


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