Have you heard this phrase? Food can be fun and it really should be too, but it's so much more than that. Food is needed for nutrition, for sensory development, for social interactions and ultimately it's needed so your baby can learn how to coordinate her whole body so that she learns how to eat.
Toddlers and young children make their eating decisions based on what the food looks like which means that food must be visually appealing, it needs to look nice in order for it to be desirable. At this stage children are also ‘magical thinkers’. This means that food really does need to be fun. They use their imagination a lot, and so if you make a food a particular shape and call it something that they can relate to they will picture it that way in their minds.
I asked my colleague Annabel Karmel to write some recipes for us to inspire us mummy’s on how to make food fun!
Lactose intolerance is when the digestive enzyme lactase is missing and so the carbohydrate or sugar in milk called lactose can’t be digested. This is my guest blog post for Annabel Karmel all about how to manage a lactose free diet for your baby.
The most complex sensory task that your baby has to do in his first year of life is learn how to eat.
There are eight (not five) different senses that coordinate with each other when your baby eats and form connections in his or her brain. Read on to learn what they are and what you can do at home to help develop your baby’s brain.
Weaning is an exciting time for parents (and for baby too!) but sadly when your baby has a food allergy it’s not always as smooth-sailing as you’d originally hoped. In this article Annabel Karmel shares with us some of her favourite dairy free weaning recipes.
This is a link to my guest blog for Annabel Karmel on a dairy free weaning diet for babies with cows milk protein allergy.
Cows milk protein allergy is one of the most common allergies in babies. If your baby has been diagnosed with this or if it has been suspected you will need to follow a dairy free weaning diet under the supervision of a dietitian.
You may be getting to a stage when you think your baby is ready for snacks in between their meals. Read this first to find out if he/she truly is ready. I’ll teach you how to craft a nutritious snack and you’ll also get a list of my top 25 favourite baby led weaning snacks with links to the recipes to make them!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. (Hopefully) your baby will have slept through the night and gone a good 12 hours without food and so needs refuelling. Read on to learn how to make a nutritious weaning breakfast including the important baby nutrients to consider. There are 35 breakfast ideas & recipes for inspiration too!
I’ve written this blog to give you the facts about shop-bought baby jars, pouches, puree's, puffs and rice cakes so you can make an informed choice about what to buy for your baby. I’ll talk you through nutrition, texture, cost and how they impact on your baby’s development….there’s lots to consider….read on!
Your baby’s centile charts are found in her red book or Personal Child Health Record and are where you plot her weight, length and head circumference in order to see how she grows. In this article you will learn how to weigh and measure your baby accurately and how to interpret the percentile curves.
Family style serving is when you present all the individual parts of a meal in separate serving dishes in the centre of the table (including dessert) and each member of the family decides what they want and how much they're going to eat.
Whether your baby lead weaning or following traditional weaning methods you will be offering your baby finger foods from around 6 months of age. But its often tricky to know which foods to choose, which are safe from choking and which are nutritious. Annabel Karmel shares her tips and three amazing recipes suitable from the start of weaning and beyond!
January is ‘Veganuary’ the month that going vegan is promoted. Plant based diets are increasing in popularity and many families are opting to raise their children on vegan diets.
Typical vegan diets tended to be low in fat and high in fibre which is not suitable for growing children who need a lot more energy and nutrients from food, being filling means they can curb appetite before your child has eaten enough too. In addition there are other critical nutrients that have to be carefully thought about when meal planning in order meet their unique nutritional requirements.
Thanks to my colleague Annabel Karmel for her cookery expertise and amazing food ideas for making Christmas party food a little healthier this year! Head over to Annabel’s App for more recipes and ideas. Link at the bottom of this post.
Halloween means excitement, trick or treating and bye-bye to healthy eating during this ‘spooktacular’ holiday. It’s sugary chocolate heaven and sweet treats abound! As a dietitian I’ve got my work cut out for me but as a mum I love Halloween and the excuse for a (trick or) treat!
Fun, however doesn’t have to be sugar laden -read on for my colleague Annabel Karmel’s top tips and favourite recipes for a healthy halloween.
I was lucky enough to be asked to write a guest blog for Annabel Karmel on infant formula milks. While I’m an advocate of breastfeeding there are some mums who can’t breastfeed their babies and others who choose not to.
This blog was written to give mothers information so that they can make an informed choice about formula milks in order to feed their baby in the way that they choose.
One of parenting’s biggest challenges is how to manage sweets, treats and sugar. Children are obsessed with sweet food and crave sugar often asking for ice cream, biscuits or candy bars. Read on to find out why we need to worry and my strategies for managing their relentless requests.
Adequate fluid is a real concern for a lot of parents and if your child is prone to constipation, fluids are something you will be asked to encourage them to have more of. In the summer we need to drink more as we use fluid to cool ourselves down and if your child has had a tummy bug extra fluid will be needed to help them rehydrate. Here are my top 5 tips for a healthy fluid intake: