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The 5 Nutrients All Babies Need

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VITAMINS C AND B

Why babies need them
Vitamin C improves iron absorption and helps prevent scurvy, a condition that causes large bruises on the body. B vitamins, including folic acid, enhance the immune and nervous systems, maintain healthy skin and muscle tone, promote cell growth and regulate metabolism.

Daily dose
If you offer your baby a variety of foods from the food pyramid -- fruits, vegetables, dairy, whole grains, healthy fats -- and your doctor says she is growing appropriately for her age, she is likely getting enough of these water-soluble vitamins.

Serve it up
Vitamin C is in citrus, tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe and potatoes. Folic acid is in green vegetables, and fortified cereals and breads. The other B vitamins are found in whole grains like brown rice as well as in bananas, beans, eggs, meat, poultry and fish. Good to know: Don't give up on the green stuff or other nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables! Most toddlers have to try a food -- as in, put it in their mouths and spit it out -- an average of eight to 10 times before they start to like it.

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