Can toddlers really have a boring sandwich every day?

Toddlers are just like the rest of us in that they need variety but variety doesn’t need to mean something different every day. Toddlers like routine. They like to know what’s happening ahead of time so they know what time of day it is. They like routine because it helps them feel safe. My toddlerContinue reading “Can toddlers really have a boring sandwich every day?”

How to stop breastfeeding safely

Your baby needs milk. The World Health Organisation recommends babies are exclusively breastfed til 6 months. Then that they have breast milk alongside food until they are at least 2. This does not come with a whole heap of mum guilt though. If you need to give up or not start breastfeeding, that is yourContinue reading “How to stop breastfeeding safely”

Understanding growth charts

In order to work out whether a baby is gaining weight in a healthy way, the World Health Organisation and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health growth charts were developed. There are 2 different ones. One for boys and one for girls. It’s not about baby being healthier if they are heavier, it’s aboutContinue reading “Understanding growth charts”

Essential nutrition: iron for baby

Iron is a vital nutrient for babies (and the rest of us!). In this article I unpack why, how much and how to include this essential nutrient in your baby’s diet. Why not print the infographic above and keep it as guide. Why do babies need iron? By the time they are 6 months, baby’sContinue reading “Essential nutrition: iron for baby”

Essential nutrition: fat for babies

Why do babies need fat? They need fat in their diet for energy for all the growing and learning they are doing. They also need fat because it contains vital vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. Where does fat come from? Fat comes from oils and spreads, dairy, meat, fishContinue reading “Essential nutrition: fat for babies”

Getting enough iron and protein on a vegan diet

Either going vegan or moving to a more plant based diet is becoming increasingly popular. It is possible to feed a baby well on a vegan diet but there are a number of things to consider and it takes careful planning. 2 of the things to consider are iron and protein (other key nutrients toContinue reading “Getting enough iron and protein on a vegan diet”