Gagging and the Tongue Thrust Reflex – Weaning Difficulties

Oral reflexes Infants are born with a number of oral reflexes that facilitate safe and effective feeding from birth. As your baby grows these reflexes either integrate to become movements that your baby controls more actively. Or they disappear, as they are no longer required. The gagging and swallowing reflexes…

What Can I Feed My Baby And When?

One of the things I get asked a lot when posting foods and recipes on Instagram, is “ What Can I Feed My Baby And When?”. Lots of parents are confused about WHAT they can feed their babies and also WHEN they can offer certain foods to their baby, even…

Getting into a Confident Mindset for Breastfeeding

Getting into a Confident Mindset for Breastfeeding

Very often, the furthest we get in terms of ‘preparing’ for breastfeeding during pregnancy is attending an antenatal breastfeeding class and buying a bra or two. If you want to dig a little deeper, there are also many more simple ways that you can build up the breastfeeding scaffolding. Sso…

Why Does My Child’s Nursery Offer Puddings?

This is following on from my blog earlier in the week on What does good nursery food look like. We thought we’d follow up with a post on the puddings on offer at nursery and why does my child’s nursery offer puddings?. Mainly because this is often where people struggle…

What Does Good Nursery Food Look Like?

What Does Good Nursery Food Look Like

I’m often quizzed on what parents should look out for regarding the food served to children at nursery, & what is classed as a ‘good’ menu.  I’ve worked on this post with the brilliant Laura Matthews who has worked across London boroughs reviewing nursery & school food standards for the…

Nutrients in Focus: Zinc

Zinc

I often get questions about specific nutrients and where we can get them from in food for ourselves and for our little ones. So I wanted to put together a short blog to help break it down. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at zinc. What it is,…

Night Feeding

night feeding

Night feeding is a hugely controversial topic. It is a multifaceted matter and is integrated with sleep and development. It is also a subject which is influenced by culture and societal expectations of ‘normal’ baby behaviour. In this blog I am going to discuss why babies feed at night, age-appropriate…

Breastfeeding Checklist For New Mums

Breastfeeding Checklist For New Mums

Women have been breastfeeding across cultures for millions of years.  And of course have managed to avoid trips to the shops! However, we live in different times now.  The baby product market is booming with products for breastfeeding. Here’s the lowdown of products you may or may not find useful…

Pregnancy and Maternal Oral Health

Pregnancy and Maternal Oral Health

Have you ever wondered exactly why you get free dental treatment during pregnancy? Well the fascinating process of growing a mini human can actually cause issues in your mouth! There are a range of oral conditions that may affect mums-to-be. Pregnancy and Maternal Oral Health is a part of your…

Preparing First Tastes Purees

Preparing First Tastes Purees

Beginning the weaning journey is such an exciting yet nerve-racking time! Once you’ve finally decided which highchair, bowls and cutlery to use and the approach you are going to follow, then comes the fun part……. Preparing first foods for baby! It’s important to remember that babies and young children don’t…