HEAVENLY TASTY ORGANICS WEANING
Every parent wants to give their child the best start in life. When it comes to weaning your baby, there is a vast amount of information and knowledge out there, which can be confusing – or totally mind-blowing! You are probably getting words of wisdom from all angles - other parents, grandparents, health visitors, websites, books - how do you know you are getting it right?
WHEN TO WEAN?...
The Department of Health recommend introducing solids from 6 months for a number of very good reasons. But...the first thing to remember is that as a parent, you know your baby better than anyone. Some babies may benefit from a slightly earlier introduction to solids – if you have a hungry or bigger baby for example. Talk to your GP, Health Visitor or Paediatric Dietitian if you are confused, as they are likely to have seen it all before and will have some useful advice that can save you a lot of heartache. All our purees are suitable for use from 4 months should you choose to do so.
You should never wean before 4 months (17 weeks).
If your baby was born prematurely, ask your paediatrician, health visitor or paediatric dietitian for advice about what is best for your baby.
WHAT SHOULD I FEED MY BABY?...
Veggies!!... Well mashed vegetables are a great start for your baby. Mash really well, as your baby won’t be able to chew lumps in the early stages of weaning. You will notice that our purees are pureed and don’t have any lumps in – perfect for weaning. They have also been carefully selected as foods that are least likely to cause reactions or sensitivities in babies and toddlers, and their small portions are just perfect.
Have a go with vegetables you are cooking for the rest of the family, like carrot, parsnip, sweet potato, broccoli, butternut squash, spinach, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, leeks, turnip, etc. We would advise not introducing the nightshade family initially, as some babies can be sensitive to these – these are potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, aubergine and courgette.
Fruit!!... Mashed banana is usually a favourite. It is a good idea to avoid any fruit with seeds, like kiwi or raspberries to start with, and choose fruits that are easy to mash or purée instead, like banana, stewed apple or pureed pear. Try mixing some of the vegetables with fruit for a tasty combination. It is easy to mix and match different foods with our little puree cubes to introduce new flavour combinations.
Pulses... Can be added to help satisfy a very hungry baby – again, make sure they are well mashed or puréed and use tinned pulses without added sugar or salt. Try red lentils, butter beans, black eye beans, etc. They all mix well with vegetables and are easily puréed.
Grains... Baby rice is one of the most popular weaning foods. Just check it is organic and sugar-free. Other grains to introduce early include quinoa or millet (found in lots of baby porridge mixes) as these do not tend to trigger allergies or sensitivities in babies. Leave other grains like oats, barley, corn and wheat until a few months later.
Poultry, meat and fish... Introduce a little of these foods from about seven or eight months, once your baby is used to the vegetable mixes.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I FEED MY BABY?
Start off with just small amounts – one to two teaspoonfuls for the first couple of weeks. Our little purees are a perfect portion size to let your baby try new foods and if you find he doesn’t like it, you can easily mix into sauces or soups for the rest of the family, as it is simply puréed fruit or vegetables.