6 Essential Nutrients and How They Help Your Baby Grow

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Bodies are complicated little machines. They need fuel to run, rest to rejuvenate, and the right nutrients to grow. As adults, we come to know our bodies and we can tell what we need to do to look good, feel great, and perform well. We know when we need to eat healthier, get more sleep, or join the gym! But our babies can’t do that. It’s our responsibility to keep them healthy and know what nutrients they need as they grow. Here are six essential nutritional building blocks for babies:


1. Vitamin D protects our bones and regulates cell growth. Vitamin D is needed to help absorb calcium.

2. Calcium helps bones and teeth develop and stay strong and healthy.

3. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that helps protect cells as they grow.

4. Potassium works with sodium and helps control the body’s water balance which is tied to blood pressure. Potassium is also related to muscle function.

5. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is important for the growing brain.

6. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, which helps transfer oxygen from the lungs to the body’s tissues and is important for metabolism, growth, and development.

When your baby is older and relies on solid food for most of his nutrition, you can offer a balanced diet. Until then, he will get his nutrients through breast milk or formula. The nutrients in Similac™ enable your baby to develop a strong immune system and help support brain, muscle, bone, and organ growth.

How do you support your baby’s nutritional needs?

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