Pregnancy Nutrition: Constipation

Hormonal changes during pregnancy have a relaxing effect on the digestive tract, which can slow down transit time through your bowels. Pregnancy constipation often occurs mostly in the first trimester, but 4 in 10 women get constipation during pregnancy.

What to eat to help pregnancy constipation

  • Ground flax seeds can help form a soft stool
  • Include prunes, dried figs and raisins
  • Eat fresh fruit and vegetables to increase your fibre
  • Include beans, lentils and pulses in your diet

Flax Seeds

Lifestyle changes

  • Keep moving, walking is excellent exercise and helps regulate the bowels. Aim for 30 mins a day.
  • Drink lots of water or herbal teas.
  • Raise your feet up on a low stool when doing a poo. Squatting is a more natural position and can help the bowels to open.
  • Always go to the toilet when you feel you need to poo, holding onto it interferes with the nerve connection which allows us to let go.
  • Set a certain time of the day when you try to go, perhaps first thing in the morning, and after a meal.
  • Check your iron tablets if you’re taking them. Iron in the form of ferrous sulphate can cause constipation so look for an organic iron if this is a problem.
  • Avoid taking bran which can irritate your gut and inhibit the uptake of iron, calcium, magnesium and other minerals.

 

If you’ve found these tips useful why not come along to our pregnancy nutrition seminar on 7th October where we’ll cover all sorts of pregnancy ailments. We also look at the key nutrients you need in pregnancy, and what to eat to meet these targets. https://the-gentle-touch.com/booking/pregnancy-nutrition-seminar/

 

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Tongue Tie – Medically known as Ankyloglossia

What is a tongue tie?

Tongue tie is where the strip of skin, frenulum, between the underside of the tongue and the floor of their mouth is shorter than usual anchoring it down and restricting movement.

If your baby has a tongue tie it will hopefully be picked up by your health professional at birth during their routine check.  However, lots aren’t and sometimes it is only noticed some weeks later, and a few weeks for a newborn is obviously a significant amount of time.

Does it cause any problems for baby?

Sometimes a tongue tie doesn’t cause any problems and if this is the case, then no treatment is needed at all.

However, it can interfere with feeding your baby.  Especially breastfeeding as commonly babies can’t open their mouths wide enough to latch on securely to withdraw milk from your breast.  To have a successful and comfortable feed, babies need to be able to take some breast tissue into their mouths and not just the nipple.

If they aren’t latched correctly you may hear a clicking or sucking noise as their mouths slip off.  This might also mean they take in more air when feeding so adding to a gassy tummy too.

Although it’s common for babies to feed often, sometimes every hour, if this is constant and combined with an unsettled and unsatisfied baby consistently after every feed, it is worth checking their tongue for a tie.

How can I check if my baby has a tongue tie?

Always see your health professional as soon as you have any worries about tongue tie.  It is quick to diagnose and worth getting it looked at because it can really impact whether you and your baby are successful at breastfeeding due to the difficulties it can cause.

You can also have a look at your baby’s mouth yourself, some tongue ties are much more obvious than others.  An obvious thing to look for is the actual string of tissue, like a little thread from tongue to floor of mouth. 

It is also worth putting your clean fingers in their mouth and sliding from one side to another, underneath their tongue.  Sometimes you can’t always see an obvious frenulum but you may be able to feel the tightness there.  The best position for your baby to be in to do this check is lying down with their head on your lap, facing upwards, feet pointing away from you.

What can be done if my baby has a tongue tie?

A trained medical professional can snip the frenulum freeing up any tension it is causing and allowing the mouth to gain full range of movement.  A frenotomy is a quick procedure with a very good success rate.  You may need to spend some time afterwards relearning your latch again as it may feel very different to both you and your baby.

 

Baby Weaning: My 6-9 month old baby isn’t interested in food!

It can be stressful if your baby doesn’t seem keen on solid foods. You want the best for your baby, and we all have an innate desire to feed the things we love (just see kids poking grass into a rabbits cage!) 

If your baby isn’t keen on eating as you introduce solid foods there are a couple of things to consider. (These pointers are for babies between 6-9 months in the first few months of weaning) 

  • Some people don’t take to food straight away – allow your baby time to explore food, putting together a picture of the smell, taste and texture of each food. 
  • Babies go through stages of growing, sometimes they eat more than others, so try to look at the trends over a week / month rather than a day.
  • Try not to panic – if your baby is still getting regular milk feeds with wet and dirty nappies he is still getting enough nutrients. At this stage food isn’t a major source of nutrients. The nutrient content of milk (mum’s milk or formula) won’t compare to a bit of carrot and some banana.
  • Offer what you’re having every time you sit down to eat and don’t make it a big deal. Sit down at the table together, put your baby in a highchair and give him the same as you, or offer him bits of your food whist you eat. 
  • If you’ve got to a point where you feel nothing is working and you’re really stressed then take a break for a couple of days.  Go back to milk only, and then start again 

If you’ve got past 9-10 months and your baby still isn’t interested in any food it might be worth getting some additional advice. Anna’s Baby Nutrition consultations are £45 for an hour, held at your home. FREE 15 minute phone consultations are available to see if you’d like to book a full session. 

Contact us for more details about the consultations or with any questions on weaning – info@the-gentle-touch.com. 

Are you worried you don’t have enough breastmilk?

Many mums worry at some point that they don’t have enough breastmilk for their baby. You can’t measure the amount of milk your baby is receiving so it can leave you feeling insecure and wondering.

There are a few myths surrounding this subject, so let us look at these first. The following are NOT indicators that you are producing too little milk;

  1. The feeling of ‘let down’ is gone.  Not everyone feels a strong let down sensation; it doesn’t mean the milk isn’t there.  Some mothers say let down can feel like pins & needles, others say it’s painful, or some experience nothing at all.
  2. If / when you pump milk you get very little.  Babies are much more efficient than a pump so don’t rely on measuring the pumped milk as a guide to how much you produce.
  3. Your breasts feel soft/ softer than they did.  Your breasts will adjust the supply to your baby’s needs, the feel of your breasts does not determine the amount of milk.
  4. Leaky boobs have stopped leaking.  This can happen, as above, once your breasts have adjusted to the demand of your baby’s needs.
  5. Your baby suddenly wants feeding more frequently or seems hungry after feeding.  This can be common especially during a growth spurt, they want more milk because they are growing, fast.
  6. Their dirty nappies are less frequent.  This can sometimes happen to breastfed babies, it can mean that there is just no waste.  The breastmilk is uniquely made for the growth stage they are at so they may just be using every ounce of it up for their growing. 

What are the indicators you may have low breastmilk?

If your baby is not producing wet nappies and not gaining weight then it would be advisable to discuss this with your GP or Health Visitor.

How can you increase your breastmilk naturally?

Diet

The best way to improve your milk flow is to ensure you have a nutrient dense diet including lots of healthy fats, drink lots of water and rest as much as you can. These traditional herbs and foods are thought to stimulate lactation and are used in cultures throughout the world:

  • Fennel seeds or fenugreek seeds soaked in boiling water to make a tea. You can also add these herbs to cooking sauces like curry.
  • Snack on nuts and seeds for protein and healthy fats.
  • Sesame seeds / tahini.
  • Add warming foods like soups and stews to your diet. Well cooked meat or pulses with root vegetables will nourish you and help milk production.
  • Porridge oats with added seeds and coconut oil.
  • Dark green leafy vegetables – spinach, kale, cavolonero.
  • Drinking lots of water through the day

Offer your breast often to your baby

Breastfeeding works by a supply and demand method.  The more your baby suckles at your breast the more milk your breasts will produce.  If you are worried about lack of milk then offer your breasts more often to give your body the signal to keep producing more milk for your baby.

Pump

Using a breastpump can be helpful to increase your milk.  The stimulation will trigger more milk to be produced and ejected. This can be done directly after you breastfeed or a regular intervals inbetween.  Speak to a lactation consultant to see what works best for your situation.

Skin to skin

Hormones have a huge part to play in breastfeeding. Holding your naked baby against your bare skin is relaxing for both of you and it can help stimulate helpful hormones.  Prolactin helps your body produce milk and as you relax and enjoy holding your baby close the hormone oxytocin will help milk be released.

Relax

Stress isn’t good for anyone and when those niggles of doubt set in that you aren’t producing enough milk it can make you feel stressed.  Cortisol, our stress hormone, doesn’t affect the amount of milk produced but it can impact the initial let down.  So, if you find breastfeeding stressful and the let down isn’t triggered your baby may then fuss at the breast which in turn may make you feel more stressed. This negative feedback loop is common can impact on successful breastfeeding.

Oxytocin is responsible for inducing feelings of calm and supports bonding, amongst other things.  The hormone is released when the nipples are stimulated by baby suckling, this induces the let down reflex and milk is ejected. 

Check your latch

If you’re worrying about low supply do get your feeding position checked by a lactation expert. Your baby may be having problems with the latch and struggling to get milk out of the breast. Even the smallest adjustment can help. Lactation consultants can also check for tongue tie which may interfere with your baby’s latch.

So try whatever you can to feel relaxed. Snuggle in a comfortable position and hold your baby close. You are both learning how to breastfeed together so be kind to yourself, try to relax and breathe.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY COOL AND SAFE IN THE SUN

Our A-Z guide to staying cool

When it’s hot your little one can be very grumpy, not understanding why it’s so warm. You can also be worry that your baby will overheat. Read our top tips for keeping everyone cool.   

A – APPLES or any fruit actually.  You can make it fun for older babies and children by making fruit salad or ­­fruit kebab stick.  Young babies might enjoy sucking on cooled orange segments.

B – BATH. Give babies and children a cool bath before bed to bring that body temperature down.  Keeping activities slow and calming like reading, puzzles etc. No running/jumping games that my children always want to play.

C – CURTAINS. Keep them closed on the sunny side to help stop the heat building up.

D – DRINK lots of water.  Aim for 2 litres for adults.  Formula fed babies can be given small amounts of cooled boiled water.   Offer breastfed babies extra feeds, the milk will naturally change consistency to be more thirst quenching, clever hey.

E – EAT cooling foods. In Chinese and Ayervedic medicine foods are seen to have cooling or warming properties. These foods help our bodies cool down from the inside so include cucumber, lemons, apple, melons, papaya, pineapple, butternut squash, radish juice, and courgette.

F – FLANNEL.  Especially lovely for pregnant women, soak a cloth in cold water then apply to your pulse points to keep you cool, back of your neck and on your wrists.  Keep re-wetting it in cold water.

G – GET YOUSELF a spray bottle, fill it with water and carry it with you, perfect for instant cool and refresh for all the family if out and about.

H – HATCH.  If you have a loft hatch leave it open, as hot air rises it might help the hot air escape from your home.

I – ICE. Place a bottle of water in the freezer, at bedtime put the frozen bottle in front of a fan, it helps cool the air, a bowl of ice works too. Ice really is a versatile and perfect accompaniment for hot weather, add to drinks, suck on cubes (although be careful a chocking with younger ones) or add to a cold foot bath.

J – SEE Y.

K – KEEP APPLYING the SUN CREAM.  Use a suncream that doesn’t have lots of chemicals on their tender skin, you can find a number of brands like Green People. Babies under 6 months shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight.

L – LOLLIES.  Make your own.  You can puree your own fruit and veg combinations for a delicious cool healthy treat.  Water lollies are good for instant cool down for little ones.

M – MUSLINS have a multitude of uses.  Dampen one with cool water and put over your baby’s body whilst out and about.  Also great when cuddling or feeding baby to have a damp muslin between you both to keep the body temperatures down.

N – NATURAL FIBRES.  Keep to cotton and other natural material as they let the skin breathe. Keep away from nylon, polyester and other man made sweat inducing fabrics. This is for clothes, bedding, blankets and buggy seat liners.

O – see Y

P – PADDLING POOL.  Fun for all the family.  Never leave babies and children unattended.  If you don’t want to submerge yourself in a pool just sit with your feet in, it will help cool your whole body, wonderful if you are pregnant.

Q – Quercetin. Foods rich in quercetin help to fight off hay fever symptoms, something that can affect your enjoyment of being outdoors. Eat apples, red grapes, red onions, dark cherries, tomatoes and broccoli.

R – REST.  Don’t over exert yourself when it’s hot.   Your body will have to work hard to keep yourself cool so if you can do nothing. Do nothing. (Except looking after the kids, and some may argue that is a lot of exertion)

S – SHEEPSKIN.  This might sound counter intuitive but laying your baby on sheepskin can help keep them cool.   Google it, it’s true.

T – THERMOMETER.  It is recommended that babies and children will be most comfortable sleeping between 16C (61F) and 20C (68F).  Obviously the temperature can’t always be adjusted when it’s super hot but it’s useful to know the recommend temps.  Change rooms if you have to, for example my son is in my bed tonight as he has a 30c+ loft room, husband is on the sofa!  Remember you may need to adjust your baby’s clothing, perhaps they are in a nappy when put to bed but may need another layer later as the sun goes down.

U – UMBRELLA.  Always use a parasol/ sun umbrella or loose muslin (always with airflow) when your baby is in a buggy to keep them out of the sun.  It is not advised to peg blankets over the buggy as it can increase the temperature inside the buggy to dangerous levels.

V – VEHICLE.  Never ever leave a baby or child in a car unattended in the hot weather. There have been a number of heartbreaking fatal stories in the news.  Yes it can be a time consuming and tricky task getting one or more hot and tantruming children out of the car to nip to a shop, but the consequences are just too awful.

W – WHEN TO WORRY.  If you are concerned your baby or child is dehydrated then please take them or phone doctor immediately.   Some of the signs of dehydration from NHS are;

  • Drowsy
  • Breathe fast
  • Have few or no tears when they cry
  • Have a soft spot on their head that sinks inwards (sunken fontanelle)
  • Have a dry mouth
  • Have dark yellow pee or have no/ few  wet nappies.
  • Have cold and blotchy-looking hands and feet

X – EXCUSE YOURSELF from invitations if you have to that involves long journeys, especially in the car.  It is not a place a baby or child wants to be on a hot day.  It isn’t rude or lazy, your friends and family will understand.

Y – We have put J, O and Y together because let’s face it us Brits take a while to get used to a heatwave but it is also a lot of fun.  Have some JOY too with the sun, it doesn’t come out often!

Z –  Zzzzzz  If you aren’t sleeping well at night then try and nap as much as possible during the day to keep energy levels up.

Develop healthy gut flora in your child

There is a lot we can do to improve the health of our children. Whilst the microbiome (gut flora) is developing we have an opportunity to improve how the immune system works.

Why is gut health important?

Around 70-80% of the immune system is in the gut and more research is always coming out that shows the link to our mental health, behaviours, insulin management and weight as well as links to hormones.

children holding grapes - The Gentle TouchYour baby’s microbiota is thought to develop in the womb, and more studies are coming out that support this hypothesis. Newborn babies have a complex microbial community within the gut within a few weeks of birth; this tends to fluctuate over the first 3 years of life when it becomes established.

Babies born via a vaginal birth have a more complex bacterial balance, but babies born by c-section gain the same bacterial complexity by 8 weeks of life. A more diverse bacterial mix can take up more room leaving less space for pathogens. Research is still in progress around whether the immune system is altered within this period of time and what we can do about it.

If one of the risk factors for an altered microbiome are present (born by c-section, formula fed baby, premature or significant time in hospital, early antibiotic treatment) then focussing on the diet and environment are particularly important.

How to help develop healthy gut flora for your children

  • Where possible breastfeed your baby for more than 4 months. Babies who were breasfed for more than 4 months show less types of bacteria in the gut.
  • Get a pet – Exposure to pets has been associated with reduced risk of atopic diseases like eczema, asthma and hay fever as well as obesity.
  • Play with the dirt – children growing up on traditional farms have very low rates of asthma, so exposure to animals and earth can help develop a healthy bacterial mix in the gut. More time outside and in nature can help.
  • Wash up by hand! – Allergic diseases are less common than in families who use dishwashers. A small amount of exposure to germs really helps the immune system develop. So you really don’t need to sterilise your baby’s dish and spoon once they start weaning.

Gut Health & Baby Weaning

Diet is an important way to support your baby’s gut health, especially for those babies who already are at risk of an altered microbiome. Here’s how you can help:

  • Fibre is an essential food for our health bacteria. We need fibre to feed the bacteria which produce Short Chain Fatty Acids – these increase serotonin production which improves our nervous system health and immune health. Add a variety of vegetables to your child’s diet every day. Aim for 5 veg a day.
  • Probiotic foods – add sauerkraut or kefir to your diet can help develop your immune health by increasing the beneficial bacteria. Consider a probiotic if not eating any fermented foods. From 6 months babies may take a little kefir (fermented milk or water) or sauerkraut juice in their food.
  • Prebiotic foods such as bananas, onions, garlic, asparagus, and leeks help to feed the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut.
  • Continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years if possible to provide the ongoing immune support to your baby.

To find out more about how to support a health start to your child’s life get in touch. Anna offers a free 15 minute consultation to see how nutritional therapy can help you and your family.

Book onto our next Baby Nutrition & Weaning Class – or organise a private group class for you and friends at home.

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5 Reasons you don’t need Baby Rice

Think Zinc – Weaning your baby

 

 

Five Reasons Why You Don’t Need Baby Rice

Baby Weaning: Five Reasons Why You Don't Need Baby Rice

We are sold baby rice as a safe, easy food to start weaning your baby, and many of us were weaned onto this as children, so your family may put pressure on to start with baby rice, it’s the done thing, right?

Well, through research, we now know more about the gut and our microbiome, how childhood eating links to health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease and also nutritional profiles of food.

Here are 5 good reasons why you don’t need baby rice:

  1. White rice turns to glucose quickly

We all know we eat too many processed grains and simple carbohydrates. When we eat carbohydrates our saliva begins to breakdown the food into glucose. By the time baby rice, which is around 94% starch, hits the intestines it will be mostly all glucose. The more processed foods are broken down to glucose quickly, which sets a cascade of insulin release and blood sugar imbalances. It’s easy to see how we begin to get a preference for simple grains.

  1. It’s heavily processed

Baby rice is depleted of nutrients, processed white flour. It’s sometimes fortified with synthetic vitamins which are not as easy for the body to absorb or process as natural food based forms of the nutrients. It’s a kind of filler, which displaces other nutrient rich foods with no real value.

  1. Rice may contain arsenic

Rice is known to be high in arsenic, including in infant rice cereal.  Research last year into babies aged 6-12 months found rice cereal can markedly increase arsenic exposure among US infants relative to breast milk and formula.

  1. It’s outdated

Baby rice was introduced as a low allergen food that is easy to digest (because it’s so processed) which was important when babies were weaned very early on. The NHS advice now strictly advises babies are not fed solids until at least 4 months, with many parents waiting until 6 months to coincide with other physical developments such as sitting up, putting food in their mouth. This means babies are more ready for food at this later stage, and their gut is more developed so they can digest real food.

  1. It’s not real food!

Part of weaning is all about developing associations and experimenting with foods. If your baby is ready for solid foods they are also ready for flavours, textures and smells – there is no need to disguise food as textured milk and mix it with formula or expressed milk.

Want to know more about baby weaning? To find out more about what foods help your baby develop, when and how to introduce solids and ask any questions to our Nutritional Therapist come to one of our classes on Baby Nutrition and Weaning.

Book online or organise a group for you and some friends at your home – just email info@the-gentle-touch.com

 

 

Happy Family Mealtimes – tips for calm meals

Read our tips for calm family mealtimes to help your family eat together from Anna, our Nutritional Therapist working in Bristol.  

We recommend creating family mealtimes with your kids whenever you can. It’s not always possible to all eat together due to work patterns, but eating together can be a lovely routine in your day. It’s just not always easy, right? 

So it’s the end of the day, you’ve been at work, or you’ve had your children with you all day, you’re all tired, and you just want to get them fed, and into bed. But the bickering, shouting, food refusal and crying whilst you’re trying to cook, then feed them can really raise anyone’s stress levels. Especially when your own energy is low too.

Family Mealtimes

Family MealtimesWe’ve been running Baby Weaning classes for a little while now, and we begin by asking attendees to think about their own experiences of mealtime when growing up. What do you want to create in your own family, and what do you want to avoid? Did you have to sit at the table until you were finished, did you get rewarded for finishing vegetables with pudding?

Think about what kind of dinner time you positively want to choose to create with your own little ones. Ask yourself how this differs from what you actually do.

What changes can you make to help you feel calmer? (which don’t involve drinking a large glass of wine!) 🙂

 

 

How to create happy mealtimes

Here are some suggestions to support happy family meals

  • Eat with your children. If you are sitting down to eat as well there is less pressure then you watching them eat and hurrying through the meal.
  • Turn off all distractions like radio, laptops or TV. Make this a time when you concentrate on the food and conversation with your family.
  • Light a candle in the middle of the table – most people normally save candle light for special events, but using it every day can help to create a soft mood that is relaxing and a sense of occasion. Obviously the flame needs to be out of reach of little fingers!
  • Breathing before a meal – when we’re stressed our cortisol levels are high, which slows down our digestion. To help calm you before you start the meal take 3 deep breaths, in and out, to help reduce stress hormones. You can ask your children to join in too – can they make the flame in the middle of the table dance with their out breath?
  • Ask you children to help prepare the meal with you. Can they stir the sauce, or chop some soft foods with a blunt knife? Age dependant obviously, but getting kids involved in food preparation can sometimes help them to eat.
  • Get older children to help set the table and take responsibility for a small job around meal preparation.

Get talking

  • My children are 3 and 7 and we have recently introduced a new routine of asking each other about our day. We ask, ‘what was the best thing that happened today?’. Sometimes we go round again and ask ‘what was the next best thing that happened?’ and it’s a really lovely way to share the good parts of the day.
  • Obviously conversation doesn’t really work two ways with toddlers and babies, but you can still talk to babies about their food: What are they eating? What colour is it? Where does it come from? etc. You can also run through the day with your toddlers, ‘do you remember going to the park? It was fun going down the slide wasn’t it?’

Are you looking for tips on healthy meals for you and your family? Get in touch with Anna to find out how nutritional therapy can help you with your health goals. A free 15 minute health consultation is available on request – info@the-gentle-touch.com or 07812010412 to book yours.

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Weaning Snack: Super Simple Banana Flapjacks

These are really lovely little treats you can make for your weaning baby, toddler, or just yourself! Very easy to make, a toddler can help with the stirring if you want to get older children involved. Will keep for a few days in the fridge in an airtight container.

 

Baby Weaning Banana Flapjacks

Ingredients

300g oats
80ml coconut oil (melted)
2 mashed bananas
50g pumpkin seeds (ground in Nutribullet or similar)

Method

Mix together and spread into a tin lined with greaseproof paper. Cook at a moderate heat – around 140C (Gas mark 3 or 4) – for 20 mins or until starting to brown. Let the tray cool and cut up into squares.

 

 

 

Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc which supports a healthy immune system, they contain essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6 fats and also have and anti-parasitic effect (killing off nasties in our gut). Oats contain betaglucans which also help immune health and bananas are a good source of tryptophan which can help melatonin production, our sleep hormone.

Add other kinds of seeds to mix it up a little if you like. If you don’t have a powerful blender to grind up seeds to a powder, try ground almonds you can buy already powdered.

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Baby Weaning – Can I use ready made pouches of food?

Baby Weaning Question:  

Hi I was going to use pouches when out and about something like Ella’s Kitchen – what’s the recommended amount of salt and sugar I should be looking for on these pouches max? I just looked and one pouch was 9.9g of sugar!

Anna our Nutritional Therapist says: 

Great question, basically you should look for no added salt and sugar for baby food, and where you give your own foods, just check that you don’t give lots of a food with high salt, sugar and additives in.

Where you do use pouches from Organix or Ella’s kitchen these shouldn’t have any added salt or sugars since they are purely for babies. What they do often have is a lot of fruit, often mixed in with the veg. So it might look like you’re giving vegetables, but the main ingredient is fruit.

So the Ella’s Kitchen products called Broccoli, Pears, & Peas is actually:

Organic pears 79%
Organic peas 14%
Organic broccoli 7%

You might think from the order of the ingredients in the title that broccoli was the main ingredient! And the Spinach, Apples and Swede is:

Organic apples 55%
Organic spinach 34%
Organic swedes 11%

Of course fruit is fantastic for your little one, it is high in sugar, but it’s full of fibre, antioxidants and vitamins. Amazing to get them loving the taste of fruit at an early age, and nothing wrong with that! But if you give ready made foods to your baby all the time you may unknowingly be giving mostly fruit all day rather than veg unless you read the labels and choose ones with only veggies in, it’s pretty misleading.

Ready made baby food is pasteurised so it has a longer shelf life. Again, no problem with this now and again, but many nutrients are lost during this process, so if you can cook for your family most of the time there will be many more nutrients in fresh home cooked foods.

If you’ve got a question about Baby Weaning please email us on info@the-gentle-touch.com or ask to join our Baby Nutrition & Weaning Facebook group where Anna, our Registered Nutritional Therapist can answer more questions.