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Top 10 things to know when weaning

  • Top tips for picky eating
    Never force feed. This will only make your little one less likely to accept new foods. Trust your little one’s internal cues. From weaning to toddler teatimes, your little one is gaining autonomy which you should let them express. Parents can worsen fussy eating by encouraging toddlers to eat more than they need. They are more in tune with their hunger cues than we […]
  • Dietitians, Nutritionists and Nutritional therapists – what’s the difference?
    Registered Dietitians (RD) are regulated by law and the title ‘dietitian’ is protected by statute. To register requires at least a university degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and 1000 hours practical work experience. Dietitians can work clinically within the NHS, working with patients to treat medical conditions, as well as many other areas such as in food industry and freelance. Registered (Associate) Nutritionists (ANutr/RNutr) […]
  • Top 10 things to know when weaning
    Top ten things to know when weaning Start weaning at around 6 months, no earlier than 4 months,when your baby is developmentally ready. Signs of readiness include them sitting up and holding their head up, showing interest in your food and reaching out and being able to put a spoon or food in their mouth without them spitting it back out. Start with veggies, […]
  • Weaning 101: Choking vs gagging
    Whether your little one is starting on pureed foods, finger foods or both, a common concern for parents is choking. Babies have a very sensitive gag reflex which means gagging can be a regular occurrence, but it’s important to remember that it’s normal. In response, remain calm and allow your little one to respond naturally, and never try and fish the food out as […]
  • Weaning 101: Signs of readiness
    UK guidelines recommend starting to wean when your baby is around 6 months old, and no earlier than 17 weeks old. At this age, your baby’s digestive system, kidneys and nerves (which all play an important role) should have developed enough for them to start with solid foods. Every baby is different, so it’s important to be familiar with the signs of readiness that mean […]
  • Weaning 101: What is ‘weaning’?
    Weaning is when your baby is ready to start on solid foods, usually at around 6 months of age and no earlier than 4 months. It’s sometimes called ‘complementary feeding’, as it complements breast milk or infant formula to provide additional nutrients and diversity. Up until this point, milk has been nutritionally sufficient, as your baby has stores of the nutrients it doesn’t provide. […]
  • Weaning 101: Milk & Drinks
    First things first, use only open or free-flow cups when giving your little one a drink to protect their teeth. In terms of what should go into that cup, from 6-12 months only water and breast milk or infant formula should be offered with or between meals. Other options, such as fizzy drinks, flavoured milks, fruit juices and smoothies, have a high sugar content […]
  • Weight stigma, and why it deserves your attention
    This blog was originally written for Dietetically Speaking in May 2020. A personal note regarding this article. I am an able-bodied, straight-size* female with thin privilege**. I will not profess to fully understand what it means to be a person in a larger body because I have never experienced it. This article is written for those who (like me, until recently) are not aware […]