From the moment a fetus is formed in the womb till the moment it is born, its body absorbs all the important nutrients required for its growth from the mother. That is why the mother should be well nourished during the pregnancy to ensure the delivery of a healthy baby. After birth till the age of one year, again the baby receives its proper nutrition mainly from breastfeeding where again the nourishment of the mother plays an important role in keeping the baby healthy during that period. However, starting from the age of one through the childhood period, your child will be more dependent on external sources for nutrition. Also, the nutritional needs of each child will vary according to the age, activity level, weight and any health conditions.