I realize I haven’t shared any sources yet, and I want to make sure to give credit where it’s due. Sure, some of my data has been picked up through trial and error. That’s how I know that avocado is unbelievably hard to get out of clothes once it has dried on. You have been warned. But, much of my nutritional data and general science stuff about children is directly from the CDC and the AAP. If you have any hesitation about the numbers I’m sharing or what I’m suggesting, please double check. Sometimes I skim over research too quickly and I miss key points. Other times, additional research has been done since I last looked and I need to adjust my perspective. I’m not an expert. I do have experience and my gut is usually correct, but that’s not enough for me. I trust the scientists and doctors who have chosen to try and give the best information they currently have to help me be a more informed person. They are human and mistakes happen. It is possible that their data may end up being wrong. But, it’s more likely their data is correct, because they’re highly trained in their fields. I’d want parents to trust me as an educator, so I try to give other experts in their fields the same support I’d want for myself. So whether you want to verify what I’m writing or learn more yourself, https://www.aap.org/en-us/Pages/Default.aspx and https://www.cdc.gov/ are your friends.