Start Healthy, Stay Healthy™ Resources
Consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations, Start Healthy, Stay Healthy™ recommends starting with breastfeeding, because breastmilk is the ideal food for babies. Once your baby is ready, Start Healthy, Stay Healthy can provide guidance on developmentally appropriate feeding choices. Start Healthy, Stay Healthy is a stage-based nutrition system of products, education, support, and services.
Five core areas form the foundation of the Start Healthy, Stay Healthy Nutrition System. Each is supported by nutrition science and sound feeding guidance.
1. Development-Based Milestone Symbols™
Because all babies develop differently, it’s important that feeding choices are based on stages of development, not chronological age. That’s why we created a range of developmentally based Milestone Symbols. These color-coded icons will be on every Nestlé and Gerber product. They help you quickly identify the products, services, and information offered by Nestlé and Gerber that are appropriate for your children at each developmental stage:
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2. Nutrition Guide
The heart of Start Healthy, Stay Healthy is the Nutrition Guide. This stage-based feeding plan is grounded in healthy eating guidelines, including the appropriate amount of food groups and nutrients young children need. Through the use of the Milestone Symbols, the Nutrition Guide also provides you with information about your baby’s hunger and fullness cues, and examples of appropriate food choices. You can find the Nutrition Guide on our website, StartHealthyStayHealthy.com, receive it through the mail, or get it from your health care professional.
3. Science-Based Products
All Nestlé Infant Nutrition products and Gerber foods for babies, toddlers and young children fit into the Start Healthy, Stay Healthy Nutrition System. The Nestlé brands in the Start Healthy, Stay Healthy portfolio include: GERBER® GOOD START® formulas, GERBER® baby foods and juices, and GRADUATES® snacks, beverages, and meals. Stage-based products can help you feel confident that what you’re giving your child supports his healthy growth and development. Backed by the world’s largest private nutrition-related research facility, we continually evaluate and fine-tune the nutritional value of our products to meet the needs of babies and young children.
4. Resource Center
The Start Healthy, Stay Healthy Resource Center is a comprehensive knowledge base that supports you as your baby’s development and nutritional needs change from birth to preschool. You can use the Resource Center in several ways to increase and expand your knowledge and understand your nutrition choices:
- Interactive Web tools—Our website, StartHealthyStayHealthy.com, offers parent-driven tools such as the Interactive Menu Planner, which has personalized menus for your baby at every stage. You’ll also find a Pregnancy Calendar, Baby Development Calendar, Baby Growth Tracker, and Baby’s Feeding Chart. All can help you set the course for your baby’s developmental needs.
- Contact Center— Ask our experts 24/7. Our staff of experts, including Registered Dietitians, can answer your questions about prenatal nutrition, breastfeeding, and nutrition for your little one from birth to preschool. Call us at 1-800-508-1717 or e-mail us at StartHealthyStayHealthy.com/AskAnExpert
You can also schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant for any questions about breastfeeding by clicking here
Informational booklets—You can sign up to receive Start Healthy, Stay Healthy information sent directly to your mailbox. Our series of information-rich booklets delivers relevant, stage-specific nutrition and feeding advice for mom and baby, beginning with the third trimester of pregnancy through your child’s first years of life. You also can learn more about the Start Healthy, Stay Healthy Nutrition System, Milestone Symbols™, Nutrition Guide, and Contact Center.
5. In-Store Childhood Nutrition Section
Start Healthy, Stay Healthy consumer education continues in-store and at-shelf. Our Childhood Nutrition Section provides easy-to-understand guidance as to which products can be introduced at each stage of baby’s life, easing parents’ shopping decisions. All of our stage-appropriate products are located in one area, and shelves are arranged so that products progress according to age and developmental stages. As a result, parents can readily choose the right mix of products for their child.