New parents in Stettler can attend a free workshop offering tips on introducing babies to solid food.
The two-hour workshop will be led by a registered dietician who will take questions, and show parents how to make nutrient-rich baby food using tools they already have in the kitchen.
“At six months of age it’s important that babies start consuming iron in their diets,” said Karen Olafson, a registered dietician with Alberta Health Services (AHS).
Parents are encouraged to bring their babies to the class to learn preparation techniques for fruits, vegetables, and meats using different tools, mixers and food processors.
“I strive to provide an easy going, family-friendly environment. So people can come in and meet other people who may have similar questions, and have those questions answered by a registered dietician.”
Following the workshop, a taste test with the homemade foods and store-bought foods will be done to compare textures and tastes.
The class offered by AHS will also focus on why babies should start eating iron-rich foods at six-months-old, and the importance of progressing to different food textures.
The workshop will be held on May 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Parent Link Centre – 6600-50 Ave. Those interested in attending should contact 403-742-3326 to register.
Infant nutrition classes were first offered in Red Deer in 2003, and are now offered in 29 communities across the Central Zone.