Key Nutrients Babies Need – Minerals – Calcium
Calcium for Babies
We all know how important calcium is to the good health of our bones and teeth but did you know that of all the minerals we have, calcium is the one found at a higher level than any other our bodies? Calcium is stored in our bones, teeth, and even in muscle and other tissue. It is very important to the growth of healthy bones and those teeth that start coming out around the age of 6 months.
Calcium also helps to build permanent teeth. Your baby will get enough calcium from formula and/or breast milk, and it is only when he starts to wean from these liquids that you need to pay closer attention to calcium needs. Throughout infancy, breast milk will always contain the right amounts of calcium that your growing baby needs and while breast milk contains less calcium than formula, it is better absorbed (as with iron) so that baby does not need as much.
Calcium is found in so many foods that if a baby does not drink milk after the age of 12 months that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Just check out the labels of any foods you buy and you will be surprised to see all the places that calcium lurks: yogurt, cottage cheese, plain cheeses, and even cream cheese are wonderful sources of calcium and Vitamin D and are very nutritious for your little one. Some other foods that contain calcium are:
certain types of legumes such as kidney beans
whole wheat bread
fortified orange juice