All Day Weaning Tips: April

Do you have a question about your baby or toddler’s nutrition? Struggling with complementary feeding? Looking for some tips to help your fussy eater?

Every month we hold an all day Q&A session on Instagram where our in-house dietitian, Paula, answers all your questions! If you missed April's Q&A, here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers - we hope you find it helpful.

 Photo from @mae.mummy on Instagram

Photo from @mae.mummy on Instagram

How do you know when to move your little one on to two meals a day after trying their first tastes? @h.a.t.t.i.e_

There are no hard and fast rules about this, but usually after about 2 -3 weeks of having first tastes you can move into 2 “meals” per day. Some babies take a little longer (if you’ve been advised to start between 4 and 6 months for instance) and other babies may move on quite quickly. 

I'll soon be starting to wean my little one. Any tips for weaning a vegan baby? @floweree

Weaning a vegan baby is possible but takes a lot of planning. Veggie sources of iron would be important such as beans, lentils, dhal, chickpeas, hummus, nut butters, bread and green leafy vegetables along with a source of vitamin C to improve absorption. Breastfeeding 🤱 or a suitable infant formula are important too. Remember a vitamin D supplement for breastfed infants. Non dairy fortified milk alternatives such as oat drinks, soya milks etc can be used in cooking but not as main drink until at least 12-18 months of age. When no longer breastfeeding or on an infant formula, a vitamin b12 and probably iodine supplement will become necessary. Speak with a paediatric dietitian if you are unsure about anything. 

My baby is now 9mths. His a bit on the smaller side for his age due to having ezcema. He is eatting 3 meals a day and roughly 15oz of soya formula plus BM. I have a few questions I hope you dont mind... 1) Is a pudding after dinner essential, he is not very keen on sweeter tastes 2) He has started to vomit when he has had enough. Do you have any suggestions to stop him from doing this 3) Advice on foods which are high in protein as being raised as a veggie. @fiorajade

 1) you don’t have to offer pudding but as your LO is on the small side it may offer a way of adding calories to his diet. But if he’s not keen on sweet tastes, try to make his savoury meals as nutrient dense as possible by including a protein source and good fats such as nut butters, avocado, olive or rapeseed oil. I’ll mention more veggie protein sources below.

2) could he be eating too quickly?? Try to offer him finger foods and a spoon so he can start to self feed as then he can control how much he’s eating and decide when he’s had enough.

3) good veggie protein sources include soya, eggs, beans/lentils/pulses/chickpeas, hummus and nut butters or ground nuts.

As an aside note, if he’s consistently having <500ml formula, you should introduce a vitamin D supplement of 10 micro grams per day. BWs Paula x

ps. Due to his eczema, he may need an assessment by an allergy doc before introducing peanuts (if you haven’t done so already). 

What are some healthy dairy free breakfast ideas for an 8/9 month old? We’ve tried avocado and bananas, coconut yogurt, porridge and muesli, but she’s getting bored. @juliabruskin

Thanks for your question. You can try pancakes (if eggs ok) made with dairy alternative drink such as oat drink or soya milk if allowed. You could also try Ready Brek or weetabix with dairy alternative drink. How about toast with peanut butter? (If she has eczema see comments above...she may need allergy testing before introducing peanut butter). If ok with eggs, how about scrambled or boiled egg?

I am very confused about when you can give little one nuts, nut butters and nut milks. I have seen you should avoid until after one in one camp but you should give it to them before one to reduce the likelihood of allergies. @54321jax

A great question and I’m not surprised you are confused, it’s tricky with lots of information out there! If your LO has severe eczema and/or egg allergy, speak with an allergy specialist paediatrician first before introducing nut butters as they may need skin prick tests. If no eczema or allergy, you can introduce nut butters from 6 months of age. Mix with a little warm water to thin down the nut butters. New evidence shows that It is NOT advisable to wait until after 1 year of age to introduce nut butters. Children with eczema and/or egg allergy can benefit from nut butter introduction (before 11 months) to help prevent future nut allergies BUT they need to be seen by an allergy paediatrician FIRST. hope this makes sense and is helpful. 

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