Infant Nutrition Blogs

Vegan Breakfast Muffins

In this months #EatInWithEarlyStart video, Georgia creates these healthy Vegan breakfast muffins! This is a fantastic recipe to make with your little ones as they’ll love to weigh out and stir together the ingredients. It’s also a great recipe to help add more variety at breakfast times! Visit our YouTube channel to see the full…

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Baby Foods – A review of homemade and shop-bought food

If you’ve ever taken a stroll down the baby food isle in a supermarket, you’ll have seen the vast array of foods and products on offer. It can seem like a minefield! So in this months blog we’ll be exploring how you can make simple nutritious homemade recipes for your baby, at the fraction of…

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Weaning Textures

If you are about to start on your baby’s exciting weaning journey you may have lots of questions on what type of food to offer. There is so much information available which can often be overwhelming and sometimes contradictory. We hope to answer some of your questions relating to textures in this blog. When to…

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Infant Infographics

Infant Infographics The following infographics produced by the Early Start Nutrition team can be downloaded or used on your social media accounts. The infographics are a useful way to highlight important health and wellbeing messages and can be linked to health promotion themes in your setting/place of work. Download your copy here now! Download your…

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Choosing a Cup for your Baby

Choosing a Cup for your Baby Why should my baby use a cup? Introducing your baby to a cup is an important step as it requires them to sip. This helps them to develop the muscles in and around their face and mouth which are helpful for biting, chewing and talking. The Department of Health…

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Is a vegan diet suitable for young children?

A number of food trends have become popular over the last few years, including a shift towards a vegan diet. According to Google searches, interest in the vegan diet has increased seven fold in the five years between 2014 and 2019. It now gets almost four times more interest than vegetarian and gluten free searches….

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Infant Feeding Guidelines

We are excited to see the release of the latest Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report on ‘Feeding in the first year of life’. The last report, in 2004, shaped government recommendations and we have been eagerly awaiting an update. The latest report provides recommendations on infant feeding from birth up to 12 months…

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Infant Feeding – Behind the Headlines

You may have seen discussions on infant feeding in the news last week with headlines such as “Bottle-Feeding Mothers Choice Must Be Respected and, Midwives Advised By New RCM Guidelines”. While encouraging breastfeeding should be a priority for your early years setting, it’s equally important for families who choose to formula feed their babies to be…

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Baby Food Choices

Recommendations Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months (26 weeks) of life as it provides all the fluid and nutrients a baby needs. Introducing solid foods is the process of introducing an infant to foods alongside their usual breast milk or formula milk feeds. The age and types of food an infant is…

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Breastfeeding Support

Good nutrition and healthy eating is important for everyone. It is especially important in the early years as children have very specific energy and nutrient requirements as it is a time of rapid growth and development. “Breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for infants and exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months…

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