The New Canadian Food Guide: for babies too?

The new Canadian Food Guide: for Babies too?

 

The inauguration of the new Canadian food Guide happened yesterday and I’m honoured to have been the dietitian invited to participate. Since I work with babies, lots of you reached out to me asking if the recommendations from the new Guide apply to their baby.

 

Tina from City TV, my 6 month old and I

 

A Historical Event: the Launch of the New Canadian Food Guide

 

I’m proud to have met the Honorable Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor and to have participated with Paule Bernier, president of our Professional Order of Dietitians of Quebec and Nathalie Savoie, president of Dietitians of Canada. Here are a few pictures of the event:

 

 

 

 

I talked about how the new Canada’s Food Guide will impact the lives of families across the country, including mine. Dietitians, policy makers and many others will be considering the new guidelines and we will see changes in our food environment over the coming weeks, months and years. At the same time, the families that I work with as a dietitian will be reflecting on what this new guide means for them. Food is so much more than a source of nutrients for our bodies. Food has the potential to heal, to prevent disease and to bring us together. As a dietitian, my role is to translate the complex science of nutrition into advice for the unique needs and circumstances of the families I work with.

 

Does this mean that the recommendations changed for my baby?

 

So, do the new recommendations of the new Canadian Food Guide apply to my baby? The answer is no. The new Canadian Food Guide is for children ages 2 years old and up. Recommendations remain the same for babies and children 0-24 months old. To read the official recommendations in  the joint statement from Health Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, Dietitians of Canada and Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, check out Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants. This document was updated in 2014 and includes information about breastfeeding, vitamin D, iron, food textures and more.

 

If you prefer to learn by watching short videos, I incorporated those official recommendations about starting solids in my online course. You will learn everything you need to know by watching 2-5 minute videos and you can ask me an unlimited number of questions under each video. I answer the questions quickly. There are also more than 30 recipes and videos of babies eating in the online course.

 

My own baby started eating foods

 

In fact, the baby you see below turned 6 months today. It’s a big day and he is ready to start solids! This morning, he explored an egg mixed with a bit of olive oil to make it soft:

 

 

What an incredible moment. He loved the experience and can’t wait to try new foods.

 

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