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Baby led weaning snacks and 25 nutritious ideas

Baby led weaning snacks and 25 nutritious ideas

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!

Baby led weaning breakfast ideas - getting nutrition right

Baby led weaning breakfast ideas - getting nutrition right

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.

Here are

  • 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!

Shop bought baby jars, pouches, puree's, puffs and rice cakes

Shop bought baby jars, pouches, puree's, puffs and rice cakes

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!

Finger Foods for Early Weaning by Leading Children’s Cookery Author Annabel Karmel 

Finger Foods for Early Weaning by Leading Children’s Cookery Author Annabel Karmel 

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!

Vegan diets for babies, toddlers and children

Vegan diets for babies, toddlers and children

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.

Omega 3 - A critical Nutrient

Omega 3 - A critical Nutrient

Omega 3 is a family of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) consisting of many compounds but the three most commonly referred to are:

  1. docosahexaenoic acid (DHA),

  2. eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) 

  3. alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)

They are very important for babies as are needed for brain and vision development. The most common source is oily fish. But what do you do if you are vegetarian or your child hates fish….read on!