Nutritional advice

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!

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!

Which formula is best for my baby?

Which formula is best for my baby?

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.

Sweets, Sugar & Children - how much is too much?

Sweets, Sugar & Children - how much is too much?

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.

How much should your child drink?

How much should your child drink?

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: