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Winner Announced May 22 2018, 0 Comments

Thank you to everyone that entered our weaning bundle competition.

We had a massive response so I am actually giving away 2 prizes!

Our winners have been collated and picked at random. Congratulations to....

Derick Doughty who entered on Facebook
Becki Smith who entered at The Baby Show

 

Both winners will be contacted directly today!

If you would  like to get your hands on my products. I have re-instated the 20% off Offer until midnight tomorrow night (Wednesday 23/05/18).

 

Use THIS LINK to head over to our online store and the offer will be automatically added to your basket.

 

 

 

 


Plastic Waste and Recycling May 16 2018, 0 Comments

One of the main reasons for developing my food pouches was to help save waste. It really pained me that 10's of millions of pouches were being thrown away each year in the UK alone. 

I have always found pouches amazingly helpful for feeding snacks on the go. They are the ultimate convenience food for babies and toddlers but disposing of them responsibly is not easy and it's all too convenient for them to be thrown away.

In a recent article by The Times newspaper discussing Pouch packaging it was stated that  "More than TEN BILLION plastic-aluminium packets containing baby food, pet food and drinks are sold each year in the UK but less than one in 20,000 is recycled, according to analysis of industry data. Two thirds are sent to landfill sites and nearly all the rest are incinerated"

For Baby food pouches alone there is only one significant recycling scheme which is funded by Ella’s Kitchen. The scheme was set up to recycle any brand of baby food pouches but according to a spokesman at the company they have "recycled only 1.9 million pouches in seven years (now the total is 2,014,617). The company admitted that this was less than 1 per cent of the pouches it had produced"

The scheme is not widely advertised even by Ella's kitchen themselves and requires individuals or businesses to set themselves up as a collection point for pouches and register themselves. There are lots of collection points throughout the country so it's definitely worth a check on the EllaCycle map to see where you could drop yours off.

EllaCycle mapTo give credit to Ella's Kitchen though. They are the only baby food brand supporting the recycling of baby food pouches and will accept any brand into the scheme. They also award 2p for every pouch recycled to charity to encourage consumers to recycle their pouches. The charity is selected by the collection point manager and they can choose to make their location public or private. If you are interested in becoming a collection point, saving waste and raising money for charity then you can find out more and sign up to the scheme here.

If you would like to read the full article from The Times click here

In response to my worries I created a reusable food pouch and was featured on BBC Midlands today as part of their recycling week back in March. 

 

If you would like to know more about our products or save more pouches from landfill you can purchase our reusable versions here or pop over to Amazon.co.uk and search for Nom Nom Kids.

If you continue to use the shop bought vesions, Please consider the environment and collect up all of your old empties so you can drop off at a collection point near to you. It really is our reponsibility to help keep our planet clean for our little ones to enjoy.

Thank you 

Suzanne

 


2 Competitions - CLOSED May 09 2018, 2 Comments

We have 2 fab competitions for you in the run up to The Baby Show at the Birmingham NEC. You can win tickets to come to the show or win a fabulous weaning bundle.

Win a Weaning Bundle

We have one of our amazing weaning starter kits to give away worth £20 + a pack of 2 Choo Mee Sip'n tops that can be used on any baby pouch....all in a cute little cotton bag. So you've got....

  • 10 x 140ml reusable food pouches
  • 5 x spare caps
  • 1 x write on, wet wipe off pen
  • 1 x 200ml reusable food pouch
  • 1 x reusable snack bag
  • 1 x Choo Mee Sip’n pouch topper
  • 1 x cotton drawstring bag
  • 1 x Munchkin bottle brush
  • 1 x Tommee Tippee mini blender

weaning bundle prize

Our reusable pouches are an amazing way to store home made baby purees that can then be taken out for warming up in hot water and feeding whilst out and about. They are fab to store your homemade meals in the freezer and equally great for serving yogurts and baby smoothies even when your little one moves beyond weaning.

The Choo Mee Sip'n tops were developed in America to be a soft barrier for the spout of a pouch and also help control mess as it acts s a valve. To find out more click here 

There are 4 ways to enter (you can do all 3 to increase your chance of winning!)

Facebook

  • LIKE our nomnomkids page. 
  • LIKE the competition post. 
  • COMMENT on the competition post so I can see that you've entered.

We would love a share or it would be great if you tag some friends. It's always good karma to spread the love.

Twitter

  • FOLLOW @nomnomkidsgo
  • RETWEET one of the competition tweets - ensure to comment with the hashtag #nomnomkids so I can be sure to find your tweet and add you to the draw at the end!

Instagram

  • FOLLOW @nomnomkids,
  • Like the competition post
  • comment on the giveaway post and tag 2 friends

At The Baby Show 

  • Pop along to stand F72 and sign up to our newsletter.

Win FREE tickets to The Baby Show at the NEC (CLOSED)

Nom Nom kids at the Baby Show

Facebook

  • LIKE our nomnomkids page. 
  • LIKE the competition post. 
  • COMMENT on the competition post so I can see that you've entered.

We would love a share or it would be great if you tag some friends. It's always good karma to spread the love.

Twitter

  • FOLLOW @nomnomkidsgo
  • RETWEET one of the competition tweets - ensure to comment with the hashtag #nomnomkids so I can be sure to find your tweet and add you to the draw at the end!

Instagram

  • FOLLOW @nomnomkids,
  • Like the competition post
  • comment on the giveaway post and tag a friend

4 lucky winners will win a pair of tickets each to the show on whichever day you choose from 18th-20th May 2018

T's&C's:

  • Competition ends midnight Monday 14th May for the tickets and 21st May 2018 for the Weaning bundle
  • UK entry only
  • winners will be picked at random from entries on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined. The winners will be announced on Friday 1st September and posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The winners will be tagged or a reply made on their comment. Please look at our pages/accounts to check. Winners must reply within 24 hours to claim their prizes.
  • By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook, Twitter & Instagram from any claims.
  • This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  • Promoter: Nom Nom Kids

good luck

 


Cherry yogurt smoothie April 05 2018, 0 Comments

I love having frozen fruit in the freezer to make smoothies whenever I want and it saves so much waste too. 

cherry yogurt smoothie in a blender

Ingredients:

12 frozen cherries
2-3 strawberries (fresh or frozen)
10-12 blueberries
100g natural yogurt

squeeze of lime

Optional Extras:
1 tsp chia seeds

Method:

Place all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. 

The above ingredients will make approximately 2 servings in our 140ml pouches 

Great for adults and kids!!


Easter Chocolate rules March 27 2018, 0 Comments

colourful easter eggs

What’s your Easter parenting style?

Let’s face it, Easter is all about the Chocolate, but we all know that loads of chocolate is not good for our little ones and yet the Grandparents seem to up the ante each year going for bigger and more elaborate ones.

So what are your Easter rules for Chocolate consumption?

  1. None at all
  2. Just a little bit
  3. Have a little bit more than normal
  4. Go wild, eat what you like

I'm somewhere in between 2 and 3. On Easter day itself the kids probably end up having more than normal but still not a silly amount. After that everything goes in the communal treat box and it's kiddy treat size portions all round.

We will do an Easter egg hunt this year but we won't be buying them an egg from us and I've asked relatives just to give them something little and not necessarily chocolate based.

Solutions for a Healthier Easter

Instead of buying easter eggs why not ask relatives to buy non chocolate gifts like….

  • an egg cup
  • a cuddly toy
  • a new T-shirt
  • garden toy ready for summer
  • a craft activity pack
  • new water bottle
  • some reusable snack bags?

What to do with excess eggs

This is only for those of you that are above eating your children’s Easter eggs yourself (If they’re Cadburys, I do. If they’re fancy ones or own brand I won’t).

If they do get more eggs than you are comfortable with you can try one or more of these tricks:

  • Break them up into more manageable chunks to give as smaller treats
  • Use it in cakes (that’s more sugar so not necessarily a healthy option) but these all sound amazing 
  • Melt them down and make your own chocolate buttons.
  • Make chocolate rice crispy cakes
  • Give them to a homeless charity
  • Give them to staff in care homes to share with the residents

If you fancy just giving a little bit of chocolate to your little ones without all the ridiculous over packaging you could always fill up a snack bag with a few mini eggs*, some raisins or little biscuits, bread sticks or rice cakes so they got what looks like a whole bag of treats....and they have themselves some cool snack bags for using over and over again.

*Don't forget that mini eggs are a choke hazard. Chop them in half length ways for little ones although this is not an easy task!  I've just started to train mine to bite into them before they put them into their mouths. 

easter chocolate snack bags

If you would like to get your hands on our snack bags for Easter order by Wednesday 28th March at 12 noon. These should get to you next day or Saturday at the latest within the UK. Use code EASTER to get 20% off or click here.

Happy Easter

Suzanne x

 


2017 December 30 2017, 0 Comments

What a year it has been for me at Nom Nom Kids. With the help of friends and family I’ve attended numerous local Baby Shows as well as THE Baby Show and The New Baby to Toddler Show at the NEC. Our first time at such huge events and I have to say I loved every minute! Introducing my products to parents face to face has become one of my favourite parts of doing this. That and meeting other businesses with the same passion for their products. I hope to introduce you to some of these amazing small businesses on our blog next year.

At home in Cheltenham I attended two local Pop ups hosted by the wonderful Cheltenham Maman Kate Starkey and joined her incredible mum boss group which has introduced me a huge collection of other mums running their own businesses. You can’t beat women supporting other women.

We launched our brand-new snack bags just in time for last Christmas and they have proven to be incredibly popular with little ones all over the country.  Personally, I haven’t stopped using them and I have managed to clear out my Tupperware cupboard, avoiding an avalanche of lids and mismatched boxes each time I open the doors!

snack bags

Our original animal pouches have become popular in France this year. French children enjoy pouched compotes at all ages and parents batch fill our pouches and pull them out of the freezer as needed. i'm really proud to have amazing reviews on Amazon for my pouches and snack bags in France, Spain and the UK.

I found some really wonderful new brand reps for my products this year whilst holding onto some of my amazing existing ones. These ladies all rock their respective squares and I am so grateful for the love they’ve shown for my pouches and bags over the last 6 months.

I signed up my children’s infants school as a pouch recycling collection point, so we can raise money for charity and save disposable pouches from going to landfill. I see lots of parents dropping off their waste to reception and our first box of empties will be heading off to Terracyle in the New year.

One of the biggest events in 2017 was Nancy starting school. It has felt like such a long time coming as she’s a September baby but she’s also my youngest so of course I cried! Stanley has gone from being afraid of putting his head under water to diving in. Both of them have grown up so much over the last year and developed their own little interests and learning to play well together (with the more than occasional bust up).nancy

What I love most is that by running my business I’m able to take them to school and pick them up every day. If they are poorly I don’t have to juggle child-care or feel guilty about taking time off. I can pay for their swimming lessons and gymnastics myself and even help out other mum friends with little bits of work when I’m busy. It’s hard work managing every aspect and I may not be as professional looking as some of the bigger businesses, but I care 110% and will ensure that my customers are as happy as they can be.

There have been only a couple of lows to 2017. As for all other small businesses our social media presence is being drastically limited by Facebook and Instagram. Our posts aren’t seen by many people and when I put an offer on only a few of you get to see it! If you would like to know about offers or competitions sign up to my newsletter. I don’t send out a huge amount, so you won’t get bombarded…just a few bits of news plus competitions and offers. You will also get invited to try new products before they launch. Sign up here if you are interested.

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Competition in the reusable pouch market has grown this year (the pouches food market too). Yes, it’s impacted my sales but it’s great that more people are going to get to know about reusables and with so many new pouched food brands coming on the market we need to do something about the extra waste going to land fill. Ours are still the easiest to clean out there. Every time a new brand is launched I buy them and test them. All of them are more difficult to clean as they tend to stay closed or flop over during the washing cycle. Nom Nom Kids pouches are the only ones sized to fit over the spikes in your dishwasher and stay open with the help of the gusset.dishwasher safe

With everyone having less time many families are finding it hard to make their own foods and find themselves buying ready-made. It’s so simple to make your own and can save time and money in the long run. I hope we can inspire more of you to give it a go if you aren’t already. I’ll have more recipes coming in the New Year and more ideas for healthy snacks for your little ones.

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Christmas Dinner with little ones December 13 2017, 0 Comments

Christmas dinner is my favourite meal of the year and I like to try to eat it as many times as I possibly can in December. It’s such a lovely meal with everyone at the table together and so many different things to put on your plate.

Christmas Dinner

On Christmas day even the littlest eater can eat the same as you. Just remember to leave out the salt until your baby’s portion has been removed from the pans.  You can then add the extra seasoning to the rest of the family’s food. 

Finger Food / BLW

You can give your 6 month + baby finger food to eat for their Christmas dinner and they can pretty much eat most of the things that you are eating.  It may be wise to add a sheet under their high chair so you don’t have to worry about the amount of food hitting the decks whilst you all enjoy your dinner. Just watch where you tread afterwards! 

Carrots – cut into batons or coins. Both are easy to pick up.

Broccoli – Broccoli is so easy to handle for a baby so give small florets or cut larger florets in half

Turkey – cut into strips so baby can easily pick them up and eat. You can cut across the “grain” of the meat so bits fall off easily rather than them having to chew long stringy bits.

Mashed potato – pre-load spoons for your baby to pick up or roll the potato into balls for baby to pick up.

Peas – serve as they are. Great pincer grip practice! If this gets tricky we serve a really tasty pea and soya bean puree that other foods can be dipped into or served on pre-loaded spoons. See our recipe here.

Pigs in blankets – limit these to only a small amount as the bacon is high in salt and can get a little tough. I would often unwrap the pig and eat the bacon myself!

Roast vegetables – ensure that these have been cooked without extra salt and don't roast with Honey for under 1's. Try Maple Roast parsnips and Carrots instead and leave the seasoning until Baby's portion has been removed.

Sprouts – To avoid any chocking incidents chop in half or even quarters when serving to baby.

Puree Weaning

If you are weaning with purees or your baby prefers purees you can combine most of your food together. I secretly found this delicious and would often finish off any leftovers. You can throw it all in together or try combinations as below which are suitable from 6 months +

Turkey, potato, carrot, sprout, roasted parsnip – blended with a little juice from the meat. Add extra water or your baby’s milk* to loosen if it’s too thick.

Cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, cheese – blended with your baby’s milk

If you are weaning before 6 months on;y blend the vegetables with some of your baby's milk.

*Breast milk, formula or you can use whole milk in food

Starting Weaning at Christmas

If you plan to start weaning over Christmas and have your baby join in with Christmas dinner I would suggest that you try a few first tastes now to ensure that there are no allergic reactions. Try a few of the foods that you would like your baby to eat such as Carrot, peas, Broccoli on their own gradually over the next few days. You can do this at a time when your baby is most happy and in between milk feeds. 

Toddlers

For a toddler you can do the same as Baby Led weaning but they may also enjoy using cutlery so try chopping it up a bit more with a little gravy to make it easier to pick up with a spoon or fork rather than using their fingers with bigger chunks. My kids have tiny little jugs that they use to pour there own gravy onto their dinner which they love. (look for low salt gravy granuals if you make it that way)

Also look out for these cool ergonomic cutlery from Doddl or Nana's Manners

Pudding

For pudding, how about a pouch of apple puree with a pinch of cinnamon mixed in. Custard can be a bit rich for babies’ tummies but for toddlers you could add a spoonful into the pouch too or add vanilla yogurt instead. Our reusable food pouches are great for serving up home-made puddings and if they can hold it them selves you can enjoy your own pudding.

nancy christmas pudding

What shouldn’t babies eat on Christmas day

Cranberries are quite acidic so it’s best not to give these at the very start of weaning but wait until around 8 months. You can then mix some in with their dinner.

Stuffing – my kids always loved stuffing but it can contain a lot of salt. If you are using the packet variety only give a very small amount to babies or omit entirely. Check the salt content and other ingredients in any stuffing’s that you buy at deli counters or try making from scratch with no added salt.

Honey - I'll mention it again as under 1's really shouldn't eat honey.

Salt - omit as much as possible but a small amount on this one day isn't going to cause damage so try not to stress too much about it and just omit where you can. 

Custard, Christmas pudding and bread sauce are a bit rich for a baby’s tummy so best avoided.

Tips for the day

Maria from @toddlerandtoast says: "I like to get a lot of my prep done in advance so I'm not spending all day in the kitchen. I peel and chop veg Christmas Eve, make roast potatoes in advance to save oven space too. 

A little preparation before the big day goes a long way! Figure out what you could use the slow cooker for.. Make ahead creamy mash leave it on low and you've saved a space on the hob!" 

Crackers are a must for Christmas but keep an eye on all the little gifts and bits that fly out when you've got little ones around. 

Leftovers

I love that you end up with so many leftovers after a Christmas dinner and it doesn’t take much to stock up your freezer with meals for your baby or toddler to eat throughout January! If you are the one cooking this year – add a bit extra of everything so you can pull them out of the pans before any salt is added and make up some lovely meals for when time is tight in January. Don't forget that our amazing reusable food pouches store your food amazingly well in the freezer and are fab for eating whilst out and about as they heat up really easily in hot water. Our new reusable snack bags are also fab for storing more solid leftovers like roast potatoes, meat, extra veg or mashed potato! 

I have scoured my favourite recipe blogs to find you some delicious leftover recipes for kids here

If you have any other tips or recipes, get in touch and we can add them to the list or feature your recipe.

Have a very Merry Christmas and fun feeding your little ones!

Suzanne x

 

 


Stocking Fillers December 07 2017, 0 Comments

If you're struggling to find an extra something to pop in your little ones stocking or need a little present to give to a mum friend then give our snack bags some consideration as a little extra present.

stocking filler

Our reusable snack bags are so handy, they can help save money, reduce waste and encourage kids to eat more healthy snacks. It may all sound a bit boring and practical but kids love them.

Of course it's Christmas and we all love a treat so fill them with festive treats and pop one in their stocking with their name on....It's much more fun and personal. 

If you've got multiple kids to buy for (maybe your NCT friends or playgroup friends) buy a few large bags of treats. Divide them out into our snack bags. Add their names and you have a cool and inexpensive litle present for them all. Not only have you handed over a smaller portion of treats (which they will never really know) but you've provided mum with something handy she can use again and again.

I've been using the snack bags as party bags and everyone has loved them.

stocking filler

You can order our snack bags from our website here or pop over to Amazon to order if you prefer here.  


Christmas is coming round really quickly so also note our last order dates for deliveries before Christmas....

UK - order by noon on Wednesday 20th December 2017

Europe and Worldwide, last orders by 12 noon on the dates below:

Sat 9 December Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Turkey
Wed 13 December Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
Thu 14 December Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Fri 15 December Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Sat 16 December Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

 

All orders are shipped out via Royal Mail 1st class to UK or small parcels to Europe. If you need a more gauranteed service please e-mail me with the details to suzanne@nomnomkids.co.uk

 


Keeping Teeth Healthy November 16 2017, 0 Comments

When we think about tooth decay in children we always think that they must have eaten too much chocolate or they drink sugary drinks all day. These are definitely to blame for a lot of tooth extractions in children but it's not the only cause.

Fruits and other sugary foods create acid in our mouths that can eat away at our tooth enamel so even if you think you are doing the right thing by giving your little ones lots of fruits you do need to be careful.

We've put together a few extra tips to help you keep yours and your little ones teeth healthy, It's never to early or too late to start taking extra care of your teeth:

  • Drink water after snacks and meals to wash away acids and crumbs that are stuck in teeth.
  • Serve smaller portions of high sugar fruits with lower sugar fruits and veg to reduce the overall sugar content of snacks. swap a larger apple for a little one and add some cucumber or chop a banana in half and serve with some strawberries.
fruit swap
  • Avoid grazing on fruit for extended periods.
  • When making smoothies combine the high sugar fruits such as Banana, apple, Mango with fruits containing lower levels of fruits sugars such as strawberries, blueberries, avocado and vegetables such as carrot, spinach and cucumber.
  • If serving cheese, think about giving it as a dessert rather than part of the meal. Cheese (particularly aged cheese) can help to reduce the acidity in our mouths.
  • Eating raw carrot sticks can help protect teeth. Vitamin A in them helps strengthen enamel and the extra chewing produces saliva which helps to cleans the mouth. A bit like chewing gum but healthier.
  • Clean teeth twice a day. Avoid cleaning teeth straight after eating sugary foods or eating high sugar fruits. Brushing whilst mouths are full of acids will cause the enamel to get worn away. Drink water before brushing.
  • Drink lots of water throughout the day and limit sugary or fruity drinks to meal times. avoid extended sipping of these drinks. It's better to drink them in one sitting and then have some water to sip on throughout the day.

It's heart breaking to see so many children having to have teeth removed as young as 3 but by following these tips as well as ensuring that teeth are well cleaned you should all have healthy teeth and gorgeous smiles for longer.

check out our fruit sugar table to help you work out which fruits contain the most and least sugar or head to our shop to browse our product range. Everything we make is BPA free, freezer safe and Dishwasher safe....and guaranteed to get your little ones eating healhy snacks.

            Fruit Sugar Table      View our Products

 


Fruit Sugar Content November 12 2017, 0 Comments

Fruit is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre which is incredibly beneficial to our bodies and should be included in our little one's diets. Fruit can also contain relatively high levels of sugar which has recently caused concern with so many toddlers having teeth removed due to decay.

Use this simple table to help you make wise choices when mixing your little one's smoothies, making fruit purees for weaning or serving fruit snacks and puddings.

Sugar content is listed in grams per 100g of edible fruit and 4g is the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of sugar

fruit sugar tableWe’ve added a few more fruits to our sugar content chart. This is not meant in any way to deter you from eating certain fruits but to help you make wise decisions about how much of some fruits to give and encourage variety.

The sugar in fruit is naturally occurring and it is processed more efficiently by our bodies than refined sugars, syrups and honey but they still increase the acids in our mouths which can cause tooth decay.

If your little ones are fussy about eating whole fruits or they aren't eating a wide variety of fruits, try making smoothies as they may find that they enjoy the taste without the texture of the whole fruit. They may not even notice that you are adding fruits that they normally refuse in amongst others.

Variety in Smoothies & Purees

Smoothies and Purees are  a great way to provide you and your children with large volumes of fantastic vitamins and nutrients that we require from fruit. You can mix up unlimited combinations of ingredients to produce tasty and healthy snacks or drinks......I call them snacks when they're in a pouch for a little one as I make them much thicker.

To ensure that little bodies are not hit with a sudden rush of sugar (albeit natural) we advise to mix high sugar content fruits at the top of this chart with fruits from the lower end of the scale. You can also mix with vegetables and add extra water to control the overall sugar content rather than fruit juices.

Portion control is also very important with Smoothies as it's very easy and quick to drink a lot of something so tasty. We developed our Animal pouches to hold 140ml so they can hold a healthy portion of smoothie as well as baby purees, puddings and yogurts.

Our larger 200ml pouch is perfect for slightly older children to have a healthy portion size of smoothie or soup but we advise to only partially fill the pouch if using for yogurts.

We have lots of smoothie recipes on our recipe pages if you need some ideas. Scroll down the page to find some of my favourites.

Tips for healthy teeth

to help keep your little ones teeth healthy encourage them to drink water after eating fruits with a high sugar content. Avoid brushing teeth immediately after eating high sugar fruits as the enamel can be softened by the acids from the fruits and can be scrubbed away. You can also encourage eating some cheese after eating fruit to neutralise the acids.

Happy healthy snacking!

*the information in this table was taken from www.thepaleodiet.com and compiled using the Nutritionist V Database


First foods for your baby October 11 2017, 0 Comments

Baby rice has traditionally been the first choice for parents to start their transition onto solids but baby rice is highly processed and very high in carbohydrates. It's much more beneficial to start weaning with very small amounts of naturally nutritious foods. 

Baby Cereals are fortified with Iron which makes it a better source of iron than any natural foods but your baby's iron levels only start to deplete at 6 months - they do not suddenly disappear so you can start to build up your baby's taste for natural sources rather than relying solely on fortified cereals.

In these early weeks of weaning when baby is trying their first tastes, feed mostly Vegetables and Fruits. Avoid soft eggs (unless they carry the British Kite mark)*, berries and citrus fruits, Honey, salt, sugar, nuts, seeds, unpasteurised cheese and wheat based foods or other foods containing Gluten.  All of these items are either known allergens or just not good for your baby straight away. I also wouldn't worry about meat, fish and lentils in these early couple of weeks. There's plenty of time to expand their tastes as they progress through weaning.

Prepare small batches of vegetables and fruits by blending or mashing into smooth purees or serving as fingers foods. At this stage lumps should be avoided. Food can be prepared and fed immediately or you can store fruit and vegetable purees in the fridge for up to 48 hours before feeding or store for 6 weeks in the freezer. We love this article from Made For Mums that has detailed instructions regarding storing and freezing your purees.

We have selected the below foods due to their nutritional value and how well they mix with other foods as weaning progresses. 

Avocado – Avocado is low in sugars and high in Omega 3 brain boosting fats. It's really easy to digest and contains high levels of Antioxidants and Vitamin E which are great for little one's immune systems.   

Prep - Mash ripe avocado flesh with a little of your baby’s usual milk (breast or formula). Avocado is best served fresh. Serve cool. Banana can also be mixed with Avocado. Note that avocado and banana do not freeze well so serve these freshly mashed (or see my tip here for keeping avocado fresh for 48 hours!) 

Finger Food - Slice the avocado to allow baby to pick them up. It can be a bit slippery for really little fingers so pre-loaded spoons of mash may be easier at first.

Sweet potato Full of antioxidants, beta-carotene and minerals including manganese, which is crucial for bone health. They also contain a range of all the B vitamins that support baby’s brain and growing nervous system as well as Vitamin C.  

Prep - bake a medium sweet potato in the oven, scoop out the flesh and blend with a little of your baby’s usual milk. Serve warm.

Finger Food - roast small chunks or chip sized pieces of sweet potato in olive oil or coconut oil.

Carrots – Low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. A good source of Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium. 

Prep - peel and slice, steam for 15 minutes and blend with a tablespoon of breast milk or formula, serve warm. 

Finger food - chop carrots length ways and steam to give as finger food for baby to try

Apple – Apples are high in Vitamin C and soluble fibre. They are probably the most popular fruit in the UK so a great food to get baby to enjoy. It won't be long before they are munching on a whole apple.

Prep - peel, core and chop an eating apple. I choose a soft sweet apple such as royal Gala or pink lady. Cook in a covered pan on a low heat with a few table spoons of water for 5 minutes, blend with a little of the water. Serve warm or cool. recipe here

Finger food - for very first tastes chop the apple into large slices without skin. even without teeth babies can have a good gnaw on an apple slice.

pearPear – Pears are a really good source of dietary fibre and Vitamin C. Pear is another handy fruit to encourage little ones to love.

Pear -  peel, core and chop. Cook on a low heat with a few table spoons of water for around 5 minutes, blend with a little of the water. Serve warm or cool. 

Finger food - for very first tastes chop the pear into large slices without skin. even without teeth babies can have a good gnaw on pears

Banana – A very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of manganese, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, potassium, biotin, and copper. They are one of the easiest baby foods as they can be transported easily and then fed whole or mashed.

Prep - simply mash the banana and mix with a little of your baby’s usual milk.

Finger food - You can also cut your banana in half and partially peel to allow your little one to grasp the skin covered base and chew on the exposed banana flesh.

parsnipsParsnip – A very good source of vitamin C and rich in dietary fiber. Parsnips are naturally sweet but low in carbohydrates making them an ideal first food. 

Prep - simply wash, peel and chop the parsnips into 1cm chunks and steam for 15-20 minutes. Blend until smooth with a little of the water from the steamer or add some of your baby's usual milk to blend. 

Finger Food - roast small chunks or chip sized pieces of parsnip in olive oil or coconut oil.

 

Egg Yolk – You may think that eggs should be avoided in early weaning due to them being a possible allergen*. The white of the egg is the part that most frequently triggers a reaction. The yolk is full of essential nutrients for your baby and can be fed with caution from 6 months. Egg yolk contains cholesterol essential for your baby's development, Vitamins A, B, D, E and K! They also contain antioxidants and Omega 3 fats.  From 6 months your baby's iron reserves start to deplete so it's important to add Iron to your little ones diet. Eggs are a great start and other iron rich foods can be added in the coming weeks as weaning progresses.

*If there are any egg allergies in your family do not give egg in early weaning. If any reactions occur, stop giving egg to your baby.

Prep - Place an egg in a pan of cold water and bring to the boil. To cook a hard boiled egg - Simmer for around 6 minutes and then run under cold water. Remove the shell and then remove the egg white. Mash the egg yolk with baby’s, normal milk and a little coconut oil. 

Runny Eggs - British lion Marked eggs have now been declared safe for everyone to eat runny. Runny egg can be quite messy for a first food but it can be spread on toast or you can dip vegetables into a runny boiled or poached egg. To create a soft boiled egg, simmer for 3 minutes.

Broccoli - Full of Vitamin C and K, folic acid, potassium and fibre Broccoli is full of nutrients.  Florets are soft and easy to grasp which makes broccoli an ideal finger food for little hands. 

Prep - Steam individual florets until they are tender. Allow to cool before serving to baby as a finger food. Find further advice on feeding Broccoli as finger foods here 

photo - www.reallyrisa.com

For more detailed recipes and more first food options take a look at Annabel Karmels website or get one of her hugely popular weaning books.  

Read our full article on Baby weaning - First tastes here. It's full of helpful information about starting weaning and some of our top tips on making weaning fun.

As your baby starts to eat a little more you can start to store and serve your own home made foods in our reusable food pouches so you can take out your own versions of store bought baby pouches. We have reusable food pouches in 2 sizes for storing your baby's meals and later on their puddings, snacks and smoothies. We also have reusable snack bags that are perfect for carrying finger foods and snacks.

Check out our weaning recipes, pudding and smoothie recipes here

Happy weaning!

Suzanne x

 * British Kite marked eggs have now been cleared of Salmonella and approved for consumption in pregnancy and from 6 months onwards. In other countries please refer to the guidance given by your local health authority.

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Pumpkin weaning recipes & toddler recipes October 04 2017, 0 Comments

I love October. The leaves are falling and the fun of Halloween is coming. I love seeing all the pumpkins for sale and it's great to eat pumpkin and squash when it's readily available and local. We have collected together some amazing recipes for babies and toddlers to use this fantastic ingredient whilst it's so abundant...Click on the images to be taken directly to the original recipes.

Look out in your local shops for Pumpkins being sold cheap and get batch cooking for your little ones!

Pumpkin with carrot and salmon from Babies Kitchen

This is a lovely weaning recipe from 7 months. Click on the image for the original Dutch recipe or click here for the translated recipe via Google Translate 

salmon pumpkin and carrot 

Coconut, Pumpkin, Green Beans and Chickpea Puree

Super healthy baby puree from Kat's Delicious Kitchen, suitable for 6 months+.

coconut pumpkin green bean

Beetroot and Pumpkin Puree or Mash from Plum Organics

This recipe originally for Plum featured on the Made for mums website. (original link no longer exists) suitable for weaning from 6months+

beetroot and pumpkin recipe

Pumpkin Falafal from Kats Delicious Kitchen

We love this blog and this delicious falafal recipe can be used long after Halloween. Suitable for baby weaning and BLW from 7months+.

pumpkin-falafal

Mac n Pumpkin from Babies Kitchen

We love a good healthy mac n cheese recipe and this one is so simple and tasty. Suitable from 7 months. Click the image below for the original Dutch recipe or click here for the English recipe.

mac n pumpkin

Pumpkin and Bean Bake from Cooking for Twins

This pasta bake sounds delicious.  Original recipe is suitable for 12 months+ but remove the honey for younger babies and try from 7months+

pumpkin bake

 Pumpkin & Choc chip bread from Our Wild Things

This bread looks so delicious and perfect for a post Halloween treat! I would say suitable from 12 months+ but I'd probably just keep it all for myself :0)

pumpkin bread

Pumpkin Muffins from Babies Kitchen NL

These totally refined sugar free muffins are great for little ones from 7 months! This recipe is originally in Dutch but if you use this link via goggle translate you can get the recipe in English. 

pumpkin muffins

Roast Pumpkin and Capsicum Curry

This is a wonderful autumn puree from Kat's Delicious Kitchen, the curry is not very strong but gives a little extra kick to the taste! suitable from 7 months+.

Pumpkin and Chickpea Curry from Happy Veggie Baby

This curry looks delicious and is great for this time of year as it contains super spices tumeric and ginger. Great for little ones from 7 months and adults too. For babies you can blend or mash.

pumpkin curry

Pumpkin Seeds

Don't forget that you can make delicious snacks from the pumpkin seeds. These are full of goodness and shouldn't be wasted! We followed the roasting advice from Jamie Oliver. We washed and dried the seeds in the oven and then tossed them in Olive oil, salt and Chilli flakes. Hubby and I both have a bag for snacking on today!

pumpkin seeds

Our snack bags are fab for storing the seeds or for taking out for snacking on the go.

Check out your local government website for advice on how to dispose of your carved pumpkins after Halloween. These should be composted rather than thrown in your waste bins to avoid them going to land-fill. In Gloucestershire we place all of our food waste caddies that are collected weekly. We have been advised to chop up our pumpkins and add to the caddy for a kerbside collection.

Happy cooking!