Infant Nutrition Blogs

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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Babycup First Cups, as demonstrated by the Early Start Group at the Nursery World Show

Water should be freely available throughout the day and children should be encouraged to help themselves. Children require approximately 6 – 8 drinks (of 100 – 150ml) each day to stay hydrated, but will need more in hot weather and before/after extra physical activity. Drinks should be offered in open top or free flow cups….

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Sterilisation and Making Up Infant Feeds Safely

In this blog post we’ll be exploring sterilisation during weaning with a particular focus on infant formula milk and how to safely make up feeds. Powdered Infant Formulas Not all families can or want to breastfeeding their baby, and it’s important they are supported to choose a suitable formula milk and given information on how…

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Off to the Best Start in Life

The first years of a child’s life are recognised as a key time for supporting optimal growth and development, as outlined in campaigns such as the first 1000 days of life (from conception to a child’s second birthday). What are infants requirements in the first 6 months? Breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for…

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Portion Size Guide for Adults and Children

Adults and children need energy and nutrients to carry out everyday tasks and to maintain a healthy weight. Nearly a third of children aged two to 15 are currently overweight in the UK. A healthy lifestyle can help to reduce our risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers….

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