Tag: weaning

Wobbles When Weaning

| April 9, 2013

Before long you will have mastered the art of weaning your baby with pureed fruit and vegetables. After a couple of months of puree your baby will be ready for the next stage of weaning, eating foods with more texture.

Adding texture is an important stage in weaning and development for your baby. It helps to strengthen jaw muscles, encourages the development of speech, helps to ensure healthy teeth and prepares your baby for chewing food and eating family meals.

The best advice I received when I was introducing texture to my baby was to take things slowly. There’s no need to get anxious or frustrated if your baby spits out the lumpy bits or refuses textured food altogether.

You may find your baby takes to textured food straight away or it could be some time before your baby is happy chewing and swallowing lumpier food. Either way, there are things you can do to help make this next stage of weaning as easy as possible for both you and your baby.

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Tips for the Smooth Introduction of Texture

1. Until your baby is at least ten months old they should be able to easily mush any lumps in their mouth, with or without teeth.

Lumps in food need to be small, soft and manageable for your baby.

2. Begin by slowly adding texture to the foods your baby likes.

Introducing texture to your baby’s puree will most likely be met with a surprised face! You can start by adding grated fruit, mashed vegetable or finely chopped food to your baby’s puree which is a subtle way of encouraging your baby to eat thicker and lumpier food. Introduce new food textures one at a time.

3. Keep baby interested in texture.

When your baby is happy with some texture you can start to vary the texture you give by adding baby pasta shapes or grains such as couscous into their favourite meals.

4. Offer your baby finger foods if they’re developmentally ready.

Babies will often eat lumpier foods if they’re feeding themselves.

5. Don’t force your baby to try something if they don’t want to.

The key is to keep things relaxed and fun so your baby looks forward to mealtimes. This helps to avoid fussy eaters later on.

Initially, I found my baby was happy to eat food with a thicker consistency but she didn’t enjoy food with lumps in it. She would spit the lumps out or refuse to try what I was offering. I took my time and continued to give her food with texture for several weeks until one day she just ate the spoonful of lumpy food as if it were the most normal thing to do!

mummy and me magazineLydia Oliver – Nutritional Advisor Only Best For Baby

This article was published in the April 2013 edition of Mummy and Me Magazine

I offer one to one nutrition programmes for breastfeeding, post pregnancy weight loss, weaning, weight management and health. Contact me.

Food for Thought

| March 7, 2013

Weaning your baby from the breast or bottle is an exciting time for you and your baby. You’re about to introduce new tastes, textures and foods that will help provide the nutrients your baby needs to develop and grow into a healthy child.

Waiting until your baby is ready to process solid food lessens the chance of developing food allergies. Health experts recommend full term babies begin weaning at six months to give baby’s digestive system time to mature. At six months babies start to need a higher level of nutrients, especially iron, which they can’t get from breastmilk or infant formula alone.

Nutritionally, babies still need breastmilk or infant formula until they’re one year old and emotionally your baby receives a great source of comfort and security from nursing.

In the beginning weaning is all about taste and exploration. For the first couple of weeks offer a teaspoon or two of solids once a day when baby is slightly peckish. Pureed pear, apple, sweet potato, parsnip and carrot are sweet tasting and gentle on baby’s tummy. Ripe banana and avocado can be mashed to achieve a smooth consistency. Baby rice and baby cereals are a good introduction to grains and can be mixed with your baby’s usual milk.

It’s beneficial to introduce foods one at a time over a few days to check for any allergic reactions. Foods that most commonly cause allergies are wheat, eggs, shellfish, milk, nuts and seeds. You should seek urgent medical help if you think your baby is having an allergic reaction.

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Foods to avoid when weaning are salt, sugar and low fat foods which are nutritionally unsuitable. Honey is a source of sugar and should not be given to babies under one year as it can contain bacteria. Cow’s milk should only be used in cooking until baby is at least one year. Nuts should not be given to children under the age of five due to the risk of choking.

Let your baby lead the way. At six months I started to wean my baby with pureed fruit and vegetables and by seven months she was showing an interest in using her fingers to eat so we moved to more of a baby-led weaning approach.
Take things slowly to give you and your baby time to adjust to weaning and allow baby to enjoy a variety of foods. Weaning is an incredible developmental stage for your baby. Eat together as a family, have fun and accept things will get messy!

mummy and me magazineLydia Oliver – Nutritional Advisor Only Best For Baby

This article was published in the March 2013 edition of Mummy and Me Magazine

I offer one to one nutrition programmes for breastfeeding, post pregnancy weight loss, weaning, weight management and health. Contact me.

Baby Dinner Sets

| November 25, 2012

I loved making weaning fun with my baby and these Martin Gulliver baby dinner sets are wonderful for introducing baby to their first tastes.

Suitable from weaning the Martin Gulliver melamine baby dinner sets will brighten up breakfast, lunch and dinner time. Each 7-piece dining set comes beautifully presented in a gift box and contains a mug, plate, bowl, egg cup and a cutlery set with a fork, knife and spoon.

Choose from the Trucks, Boats and Planes Dinner Set, the Cupcake Fairy Dinner Set and the Jungle Friends Dinner Set.

Martin Gulliver Trucks, Boats and Planes Dinner Set

Martin Gulliver Cupcake Fairy Dinner Set

Martin Gulliver Jungle Friends Dinner Set

In the Martin Gulliver range there’s also the cute stainless steel and ceramic Farmyard Cutlery Set and the Elephant Dinner Set both suitable from 12 months.