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. However if your baby lead weaning it’s tempting to go for the sweet stuff…after all a lot of standard breakfast food is sweet, think cereals, toast with jam, fruit, yoghurt, pastries etc but there are more important nutrients to consider.
10 BLW breakfast foods for starting weaning
15 BLW breakfast ideas for when weaning is established and nutrition plays a bigger role and
10 BLW breakfasts for older babies who are eating well.
There are links to recipes and there are even some tips on why some of the BLW food ideas you might see on the internet might not be great for you baby too!
This blog intends 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….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:
Does your child suffer with a funny tummy? Some children could be constipated, not pooing for several days and when they do go it takes them a while. Other children might have diarrhoea or loose watery stools. Frequent tummy pains are often a complaint and oh, my… the wind….!! But what could all of this mean?
Worrying about a potential food allergy is a real concern for most parents when they start to wean their baby. How will you know if they are going to be allergic to a food? Could they have a life threatening reaction? Its scary stuff! Read on for what you need to do...
Weaning onto solids is important because breast and formula milk simply don’t contain enough nutrition for the rapid growth and brain development that occurs at this time. The food you choose to give your baby must be carefully considered for its nutritional value as there are critical nutrients that are needed during their weaning journey. Not enough of the right nutrition can lead to cognitive issues including learning and behavioural problems but getting it right can enhance your baby’s intellectual abilities.