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!
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!