4 Dangers of Baby Led Weaning

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Baby Health77 Comments

Dangers of baby led weaning

Important update! I’m receiving a lot of comments saying “food before one is just for fun.”  This is WRONG and DANGEROUS. Babies 6 months and older need solid foods, particularly foods that are high in iron. Breastmilk does not meet their iron needs. The potential danger of iron deficiency is permanent brain damage. I’m not saying this to scare people off of Baby Led Weaning, just to educate you about this danger so you can proceed safely. For more information, please read this article and its accompanying scientific sources.   When a fad diet or health trend comes along, we all want to get … Read More

how to start your baby on solids – an infographic

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Baby Health15 Comments

For the visual learners out there, I created an infographic that summarizes how to start your baby on solids. I think seeing the info laid out on one page makes it easier to understand the big picture.  I would love your feedback. Do visuals such as photos, graphics, charts, etc, help you to remember information better?  

homemade baby biscuits

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Baby Health, For Baby, Recipes96 Comments

DIY Baby Cookies

Babies don’t need teething rusks but it sure is nice to give them something that they can easily pick up and eat. That’s where this recipe for baby biscuits comes in. why these homemade baby cookies are the smart choice While teething rusks are just starch, sugar, and salt, these biscuits are full of nutrients that babies need, like iron. If you give this recipe a go, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram!  I’d love to see your creations! Knowing someone has enjoyed one of my recipes always makes my day … Read More

the #1 most important food for your baby

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Baby Health8 Comments

Since I am a nutrition nerd, I recently spent some free time calculating the amount of iron that would typically be absorbed from different foods. Fun, right?!   Ok, humour me a bit here.  Which food would you think is highest in iron? I was surprised to find that, bite for bite, egg yolk had the highest amount of absorbable iron! I definitely thought beef was going to be the winner.  If you’ve read that post you’ll remember that iron is incredibly important for your baby.  Babies have an ENORMOUS need for iron.  I can’t emphasize this enough. For that reason alone, I hereby dub egg yolks the #1 … Read More