Parent Nutrition

Teaching Children to Cook

It’s important that we’re teaching children to cook, as it’s a fantastic opportunity for them to learn new skills and explore a range of foods from an early age. We know that developing healthy eating habits and an interest in food, early on, can help promote lifelong positive attitudes and enjoyment of good food and…

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Toddlers desserts and puddings – should I offer them?

Why offer desserts? To support toddlers to meet their energy and nutrient requirements they need regular meals, puddings and snacks across the day. Toddlers can be offered three meals (breakfast, lunch, tea), desserts and two or three snacks each day to get the balance of nutrients they need. Alongside lunch and tea, there is a…

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Dairy and Alternatives for infants and toddlers

Milk, dairy products and alternatives for infants and toddlers are important sources of energy, protein, and a range of vitamins and minerals including calcium. The importance of dairy and alternative foods for infants and toddlers Dairy foods include items such as milk, cheese and yoghurt. These foods play an important role in our diet as…

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Which Milk Should I Offer My Toddler?

It is important to ensure your toddler gets enough fluid across the day and this can be achieved by offering them six to eight drinks (each 100 to 150ml). You may find your little one needs more fluids in warm weather or when exercising. The best drinks for your toddler are milk and water. Water…

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Guide To Making Up Infant Formula

In this blog we’ll be exploring the Start4Life guide to preparing infant formula, how to sterilise baby feeding equipment and making up your baby’s feeds safely. It’s also important that staff in your early years setting (nursery/childminder) follow the step- by- step guide to correctly and safety preparing feeds. What is infant formula milk? Infant…

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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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Fussy Eating in Toddlers and Top Tips to Help

Fussy eating in toddlers is common and considered a normal part of their development! However, if your little one is a fussy or picky eater, it can be a worrying time for you and other family members. There are lots of strategies that you can try at home, and in partnership with your childcare provider…

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Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit

Veg Power has launched an appeal to get us all eating more seasonal vegetables (and fruit) to support food producers and reduce food waste Let’s take a look at more of the benefits of eating seasonal vegetables and fruit.  Seasonal vegetables and fruit are typically of a higher quality and flavour Foods that are grown…

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Snack Ideas for Children

One of the most common requests we receive from parents here at Early Start Nutrition, is for snack ideas for children. In this blog we explore how to incorporate snacks into your little ones mealtime routine, how to plan healthy snacks and which foods to include.  As part of a healthy meal routine, try to…

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Growing and Gardening Activities for Children

There are so many benefits to gardening with children and so in this blog we explore some fantastic basic growing activities that you can do indoors or outdoors with your little ones. Why are gardening activities beneficial? Growing and gardening activities offer so many fun and interesting learning opportunities for children. For example, children can:…

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