Did you know that 2-3% of babies have an allergy to milk or Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA)? It’s the most common nutritional issue that babies have and it’s on the rise. Cutting dairy out of your baby’s diet (or yours if you are breastfeeding) is how to manage the symptoms of the allergy but there are other foods you need to have to replace the critical nutrients that babies and toddlers need.
Stage 2 weaning starts at around 7 months and is when things really start to get exciting! Gone are the simple purees or sticks of single well cooked veggies. Now it’s all about food adventures, tasting and trying a whole world of flavours. There are nutritional and developmental considerations too as well as balancing food with milk and your baby’s daily routine.
Toddlers make their eating decisions based on what the food looks like and at this developmental stage they are ‘magical thinkers’. This means that food really does need to be fun to be desirable. They use their imagination a lot and so shape, colour and how their meal is presented can make the difference between it being accepted or rejected.
I asked my colleague Annabel Karmel to write some recipes for us to inspire us mummy’s on how to make food fun!
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.
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!
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.