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Want to Raise a Healthier Child? Use These Nutrition Tips From the CDC

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The first couple years of a child’s life can be anxiety-inducing for even the most chill parents.That’s because there are a million little things to figure out.

How do I know if she’s too warm or too cold?

How should I lay him in the crib?

Should I pick her up or let her cry it out?

How long before he reaches his next growth and development milestone?

Infant and toddler nutrition is its own bundle of confusion. Well-meaning grandparents, friends and strangers throw tons of advice your way, but how do you sort out the good information from stuff that’s, to put it nicely, not so great?

The medical professionals at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have you covered.

The CDC unveiled a new section of its website recently that’s filled with guidance and recommendations on infant and toddler nutrition.

The website already had loads of advice on breastfeeding, formula feeding and general nutrition for tots, but this new section consolidates it all in one place for easy access. It covers everything from the types of vitamins and minerals young children need to what foods and drinks to give six-to-24-month-olds.

For a deeper dive that goes beyond nutrition advice, you’ll also find resources to learn more about oral health and food safety, and pick up general parenting tips.

The older children get, the harder it is to break bad eating habits that could lead to health and cognitive development problems, so start building a solid nutritional foundation while they’re young.

Who knows? They may even grow up liking broccoli.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She enjoys telling readers about affordable ways to stay healthy, so look her up on Twitter (@lisah) if you’ve got a tip to share.

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