New website offers advice for feeding babies

URBANA, Ill. - Families with questions about safe and healthy practices for feeding infants now have a reliable source for answers. Feeding My Baby from Cradle to Table, a new website from University of Illinois Extension, offers practical, research-based information on feeding solid foods to infants and gives parents and caregivers reassurance they're following best practices.

The website answers common questions, such as the right time to begin complementary, solid foods; what foods should be introduced first; what concerns exist for possible allergies, and how to introduce different foods and textures. The site also features information on baby-led weaning and making homemade baby food, including recipes for babies and the whole family.

“A new baby doesn’t come with a manual on how to care for him or her, so it is up to the parents to figure out,” said Jenna Smith, Illinois Extension nutrition and wellness educator. “It can be overwhelming for new parents to sort through all the many resources available. This site offers concise, research-based best practices for navigating this time of transition for you and your baby.”

Illinois Extension works to translate information into actionable, useful highlights designed to improve the lives of Illinois residents. The nutrition and wellness team address a wide range of health and wellness topics for all ages, but this new website provides a condensed set of guidelines that are intended to provide parents with the assurance that they are making smart decisions based on tested techniques.

Jenna Smith, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, University of Illinois Extension
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