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Healthy Living for Infants

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about my baby's growth and development?

Your baby will grow more quickly during the first year of life than at any other time. Your baby's muscles and motor skills will develop during the first year. Your baby will learn how to eat foods and use utensils and cups. Healthy food that is right for his or her age will help your baby grow and develop normally. He or she will also need to be physically active to develop muscle strength. Muscle strength will help him or her learn to pick up objects, crawl, stand, and walk.

Which foods should I feed my baby from birth through 6 months?

Which foods should I feed my baby from 6 to 12 months?

Which foods should I avoid feeding my baby?

What other feeding guidelines should I follow?

How can I help my baby get physical activity?

Your baby needs physical activity so muscles can develop. Encourage your baby to be active through play. The following are some ways that you can encourage your baby to be active:

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your baby's care. Discuss treatment options with your baby's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your baby. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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