Christmas comes but once a year” I hear you say! And you are completely right - Christmas is a time for celebrating, being with family and of course, over-indulging.
So how do we deal with this in relation to over-indulging with food when we are weaning our baby? This is always a tricky question and is something we discuss on our workshops, in relation specifically to things like sweet or salty “treats”.
I tend to ask the parents on my workshops whether they have thought of what their stance will be on introducing sweets, chocolate or crisps to their little ones. The majority of parents are more concerned about extended family and what THEY might be offering their baby and this is a theme which will no doubt become very apparent around the Christmas period. No doubt you will be having parents, in-laws, uncles, aunts, grandparents etc. popping over during the festivities and I bet you my last Rolo that they will come laden with chocolates, sweets, cakes and biscuits and be very keen to give your baby “just one chocolate button” which usually turn into ten…
At six months, your baby is NOT aware of what they are missing out on in terms of sweet treats, they have no concept of how delicious chocolate is and how it is so scrummy as it melts in your mouth…. (sorry – I digress…) and so, there really isn’t any need to give them anything high in sugar or salt at this age.
As humans, we have all evolved to loving sweet foods. In cavemen days, cave men would go out seeking things like fruits, these contain sugar which meant energy which equaled survival. Needless to say, we are not cavemen, but we do still have that love of sugar, and babies are no different. Breastmilk is sweet for example. Babies are more inclined to go for a handful of raspberries than a handful of spinach and so, we need to manage this natural desire and one of the ways of doing this it to not have an abundance of refined sugar products available. Sugar causes all sorts of issues such as hyperactivity, babies becoming easily distracted, shorted attention spans and issues with not sleeping. It also can have a detrimental effect on any new teeth popping through if consumed too much and believe me, trying to brush baby’s new teeth is a mission and a half!
So, if you are worried about this time of the year and the temptation of sugary foods, try and be strong and make sure it is YOU who decides what your baby eats and no-one else. Let’s keep the Christmas period the same as any other time of year and provide our babies with the healthiest food possible to support them to grow and develop during these crucial years of their lives.
These low sugar snacks or small meals are perfect for weaning babies and are packed with vitamin and mineral rich veg. They are also a great source of calcium for growing bones and teeth. Ingredients:1 large courgette, grated1 large carrot, grated4 spring onions, cut finely30g canned or fresh sweetcorn125mg mature cheddar, grated30g smoked Applewood cheese125ml full fat [...]
National Sandwich WeekWho doesn’t love a sandwich!? Theresa from Happy Tums went to visit Sandwich in Kent recently to see where the origin of the sandwich began and it really is an interesting place to visit and learn all about the history surrounding this humble food.Traditionally, a sandwich started as a piece of meat tucked between two pieces of bread. Today however [...]
Did you know that Halloween is a celebrated on the 31st of October as it is the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows? It is the start of a thee-day remembrance of the dead, specifically Christian Saints and Martyrs. Historically, Christians abstained from eating meat on Halloween and just ate vegetarian foods during this time.Nowadays, this has changed [...]
Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) or Puree feeding – which way will you choose when introducing solid foods for the first time to your baby?A personal account from registered Nutritionist, Theresa McCarthy, one of the founders of the company Happy TumsWhen I started weaning Jack (my gorgeous first born!) over five and half years ago now, I did a combination of purees and [...]
We have asked Happy Tums, Registered Nutritionists and experts in infant and child nutrition, to give us the latest advice, tips and reassurance regarding weaning. Here is their advice on spotting the signs showing your baby is ready for weaning.The official guidelines from the NHS state that [...]
I LOVE a picnic! In my opinion, eating “al fresco” with the family surrounded by nature takes a lot of beating! And obviously with the sun beaming down too!One of the things we discuss on a Weaning in a Nutshell Workshops (link) is how important it is to realise that food is SO much more than just sustenance for [...]
Weaning before one is just for fun…..how many of you have heard this phrase? It’s really reassuring if your baby is slow on the uptake when it comes to food and to an extent it’s true – until 12 months of age your baby’s breastmilk or formula will be their main source of nutrition – it’s easy for them [...]
In the first of our partnership guest blogs with Happy Tums founders, registered Nutritionists and child nutrition specialists Nicola & Theresa, they give you some tips and tricks to keep Easter as fun yet healthy as possible.Spring seems to be here (if you ignore the chilly weekend just past!) and it’s also Easter this week. I love Easter, family time [...]
Exploring the outdoors this SpringNow that Spring is in the air, there’s nothing like getting out and about with the grandchildren to brighten up your day. I don’t know about you but giving the grandchildren the freedom to run around and explore in the fresh air is just wonderful. We always hear lots in the papers and on [...]