Appropriate infant and child nutrition, including breastfeeding, and physical activity reduces health risks and can lead to improved health beyond childhood.
California Infant Feeding Guide
Feeding guide for children from birth to one year of age, with a focus on breastfeeding.
Baby Behavior - When parents understand their infants' cues, they can meet the babies' needs appropriately, resulting in: an increase in exclusive breastfeeding and a decrease in formula feeding and overfeeding. Baby Behavior videos:
MyPlate Resources to help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Tools and handouts encourage children, teens and pregnant and breastfeeding women to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day and be physically active.
The Baby-Led Approach to Feeding: What Does the Research Say?- Katie Ferraro: MPH, RDN, CDE In this recorded webinar, you will learn about current research into baby self-feeding as it pertains to growth and development, prevention of picky eating, acquisition of essential nutrients from foods, choking risk and achieving developmental milestones.
Supporting Responsive Feeding Using Baby Behavior- M. Jane Heinig, Ph.D.
In this recorded webinar, you will learn developmental reasons for many of the most frustrating toddler behaviors that may lead to non-responsive feeding practices. You will also learn how extending the Baby Behavior curriculum to older infants and toddlers can be a positive way to promote responsive feeding during the toddler years.
Infant Formula Preparation and Storage (CDC) How to prepare and store powdered infant formula.
Choking Prevention for Young Children
Helpful tips and resources to prevent food choking risks in young children under the age of 5 years.
Physical Activity for Children
Helpful tips and resources to help children participate in more physical activity.
Childhood Overweight & Obesity (CDC)
Addresses childhood obesity facts, defining childhood Overweight and Obesity, causes and consequences, clinical guidelines and child/teen BMI calculator
Center of Disease Control (CDC) World Health Organization (WHO) Growth Charts
CDC provides information on the WHO Growth standards for infants and children less than 2 years of age, including growth charts, data tables, and other resources and information on using the growth charts.
The Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) has developed
Childcare Nutrition Standards (PDF) required for licensees of child care homes and centers. See the most recent update of the
Child Care Nutrition Training Topics for the nutrition curriculum and resources.
Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards - Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs
A comprehensive set of health and safety standards for early child care and education settings.
California WIC Program
WIC provides healthy foods, education, and more for babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers.
Emergency Preparedness: Infant and Young Child Feeding
Resources for safe infant and child feeding during a disaster.
Nutrition Fact Sheets for Families (California Childcare Health Program, UCSF) Written in easy-to-understand language for families with a child in childcare.
Disability and obesity CDC (2019)
Physical activity for people with disability CDC (2020)
Promoting the participation of children with disabilities in sports, recreation, and physical activities.
Murphy N.A., Carbone P.S., & Council on Children with Disabilities. (2008). Pediatrics, 121 (5), 1057-1061.