These free downloads are not intended as a substitute for tailored nutrition advice, and I strongly recommend that if you are planning to or are already raising children on a plant-based / vegan diet that you book in for a consultation .
These free downloads include information on the 8 essential nutrients that I recommend people on a plant-based diet be aware of, as well as a fact sheet on vitamin B12. I have also covered some basics of plant-based eating for children, from conception to adolescence, and tips for weight gain in young children.
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FREE DOWNLOADS: Click on the one you are interested in and it will open as a pdf in a new window.
For more information on plant-based eating for adults (including food groups, meal planning and supplementing), I recommend that you get this ebook, purchase this giant fridge magnet and consider booking in for a consultation.
OPTIMUM NUTRITION FOR RAISING A CHILD ON A VEGAN DIET (Covering essential nutrients, introducing "solids", avoiding fussy eating, supplementation etc)
Ideally you should have your young child's growth and development assessed regularly at a child health clinic (or by a doctor). I strongly recommend that all parents do this. However, if this is not possible or parent want to do this between visits, use the links below.
Be sure to use the correct chart corresponding to the gender and age of your child. There are charts for length/height, weight and head circumference. Plotting your child's growth on the charts (say once a month for babies, and once every few months for children) will enable identification of whether or not they are tracking on /parallel to one of the growth percentile lines (the expected growth pattern). Early identification of deviations from the expected pattern (such as crossing lines on the charts in a downward direction) can provide an early warning sign of feeding, nutritional or other health problems that need to be addressed.
LINK TO GROWTH CHARTS: here
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES: Although not all children develop in the same ways at the same rate, there are certain characteristics and behaviours which will generally be seen by certain ages, and monitoring of these can help identify health (including nutritional) issues that need addressing.
LINK TO DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES:
Birth to 5 years (Australia): here
USA (includes link to app and printable checklists): here