Once your baby reaches 6 months of age, their nutritional requirements are much greater. Not only have they started to run out of their important nutrient reserves that they were born with (such as iron), but also as they are growing and developing, their bodies actually need more.
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.
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!
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.
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.