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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, desserts /  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…

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How to Have a Healthy Ramadan

Ramadan marks a period of fasting and religious focus for millions of Muslims across the globe. This blog will review some of our top tips for planning meals for a healthy Ramadan. The Ramadan start date for 2021 is expected to begin on Monday 12th April 2021, following the sighting of the moon over Mecca….

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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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Sensory Play Activities for Babies – Part Two!

Sensory play activities for babies aged 6 to 18 months do not need to be extravagant or over-planned. Everything is new and interesting at this age and can be totally mesmerising!  Here are a few easy free sensory activities to get your little one off to the best start on their learning journey. Outdoor Treasure…

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Sensory Play Activities for Toddlers – Part Two!

Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction!  And we can’t get enough of it! Here we have listed some more sensory play activities for toddlers you can do at home for free or little expense. Spaghetti Play Boil the spaghetti as specified in the…

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Giving Up Bottle Use

The Department of Health (DOH) recommend that infants should be introduced to drinking from a cup from 6 months of age, upon the introduction of solid foods. They also recommend that infants should be drinking all their drinks from a cup from the age of 1 year. Introducing the cup from the age of 6…

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Weaning Recipe Banana Custard

In this months #EatInWithEarlyStart recipe we create a tasty weaning recipe that your little one will love- Banana Custard. Weaning is an exciting time for you and your baby which is why we love to create weaning recipes here at Early Start Nutrition. Banana custard is a great recipe as the texture can be adapted…

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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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Gruffalo Crumble

In this blog we’re bringing you a very special apple and blackberry crumble… A Gruffalo inspired crumble in fact, adapted from the Gruffalo Cookbook. It’s the perfect recipe if you’re craving warm food, especially on a dreary weather day! “But now my tummy’s beginning to rumble. My favourite food is – Gruffalo crumble!” You can…

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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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