Monday, August 28, 2006

Day 189 - Take Your Vitamins

Today's first time parenting tip - Give your baby a multivitamin during the winter months.

Now that your baby is moving into a solid food based diet rather than a breast milk or formula based one, you might be wondering if your baby is getting the right nutrients and minerals. A good way to make sure is to feed them all kinds of different fruits and vegetables. Different colors mean different vitamins, so feed accordingly.

One vitamin that often gets missed is Vitamin D. It usually comes from the sun, but is missing from breastmilk and formula. So around the age of 7 or 8 months, you might want to think about giving your baby a multivitamin, like Provisol from Enfamil, to supplement their diet and give them the Vitamin D they miss out on during the winter months.

Talk to your pediatrician about when to give a multi, and what one to give. Just to prepare you , they smell absolutely horrid and taste even worse. Just the high price you pay to have a healthy baby I guess.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're talking about vitamin D, not E.
And if your child is breastfed, there's no need to supplement with vitamins.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Classic Jef said...

Thanks for the catch!

Also, the AAP does recommend vitamin supplements...

Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), following the National Academy of Sciences' Dietary Reference Intake, recommends that you give your baby a supplement of 200 IU per day of vitamin D if he's exclusively breastfed or drinks less than 17 ounces per day of fortified formula. (That's because only small amounts of vitamin D are transferred in breast milk, while fortified formula does contain adequate amounts.)


7:35 AM  

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