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Help children build a strong relationship with food and make the right choices from the start.

Good food habits from birth

Good nutrition is important to make sure children:

  • get the right amount of nutrients they need while they are growing rapidly
  • don’t consume too much food, which may cause them to become overweight or obese

Offering children a wide range of foods, textures and flavours can help increase the variety of foods children will eat. This can encourage healthier eating habits later in childhood. This is especially important during this time of early growth and development.

This is a crucial time to help to reduce health inequalities throughout a child’s life. Some children might not have access to healthy food at home for a number of reasons. You can help influence children’s food choices, which may influence their parent’s choice of food.