Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Infants and Toddlers (Aged 0–2): A background paper - Partially revised December 2012

Published online: 
02 May 2008
Food and Nutrition Guidelines publication cover

Summary

The 4th edition of the Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Infants and Toddlers (Aged 0–2): A background paper brings together and updates key areas of food and nutrition that affect the health of infants and toddlers.

The document specifically supports three of the key population health objectives of the New Zealand Health Strategy – to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and reduce obesity. It also links with the Ministry’s specific health indicator of increasing the proportion of infants being exclusively and fully breastfed in the first six months of life.

The Guidelines provide a policy base for nutrition focused strategies like Healthy Eating: Healthy Action and health education resources such as Eating for Healthy Babies and Toddlers (From Birth to Two Years Old); Starting Solids and Feeding your Baby Infant Formula.

Partial revision December 2012

Some sections of this publication have been partially revised because of changes in policy. The Ministry of Health has reviewed and updated its recommendations to decrease the risk of food-related choking in babies and young children. The updated advice expands on previous Ministry advice and includes a list of foods considered to be of a higher choking risk, with suggestions for minimising risk. The key messages and background information related to choking risk can be also found in the Food-related choking in young children section of this website.

Minor changes have also been made to the information on infant formula.

The updated information below is also included as appropriate in the health education resources website (healthed.govt.nz): Eating for healthy babies and toddlers from birth to 2 years; Starting Solids; Feeding your baby infant formula and Eating for healthy children from 2 to 12 years (June 2012).

Updated information

  • Food-related choking policy
    Section 4.4.2 - Increasing the texture, variety, flavour and amount (pg 26)
    Section 4.4.3 - Feeding the toddler (pg 27)
    Table 4: Developmental stages and complementary foods for the first and second years of life (pp 28–32)
    Section 4.4.4 - Creating a safe, positive feeding environment (pp 33–34)
    Appendix 7 Sample meals plans for Infants and Toddlers (pp 136–140)
    Appendix 13 Food-related choking in babies and young children (pg 151–153)
  • Minor changes to making up and storing infant formula
    Section 5.4.1 - Cleaning and sterilising feeding and preparations equipment (pg 41)
    Section 5.4.2 - Preparing a feed using powdered infant formula (pg 42)
    Section 5.4.3 - If formula must be prepared in advance for later use (pg 43)
  • Standard baby bottle volume measurement
    Section 5.4.2 - Preparing a feed using powdered infant formula (pg 42)

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 May 2008
  • Hardcopy date of publication:
    02 May 2008
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-40235-3 (Print), 978-0-478-40238-4 (Online)
  • HP number:
    5608
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health 2008. Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Infants and Toddlers (Aged 0–2): A background paper - Partially revised December 2012. Wellington: Ministry of Health
  • Ordering information:
    Hard copy available to be ordered, also soft copy available to download
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