weaning 101 workshop
We’re excited to bring you our weaning 101 workshop in joint sponsorship with Tommee Tippee, whose products make life that bit easier for parents. We asked experts Natasha Corrett, Lucinda Miller, Ciara Attwell and Lizzie King to serve up some yummy, must-have weaning recipes for your baby to sample (you can read more about our experts, below).
Feeding your baby can be the most rewarding – and stressful – part of being a parent. So, whether you’re breastfeeding, bottle-feeding or introducing your baby to solid foods, don’t be afraid to ask for help and support from your midwife, health visitor, breastfeeding counsellor or GP. Read on to discover our top weaning tips, guides and suggested products.
Weaning is an important step In your baby’s development and its great fun to explore yummy new flavours and textures together. At around six months old babies are ready to enter the wonderful world of food and can start eating solids – mashed soft fruit and veg (with no added salt or sugar), baby rice and soft finger foods are ideal first foods for little diners. How much your baby takes is less important than getting them used to the idea of eating as they will still be getting most of their nutrition from breast milk or infant formula.
Can your baby do all the below? If the answer is yes, it’s time to dig out the bowls, spoons – and bibs! – and start weaning:
- stay in a sitting position while holding their head steady
- coordinate their eyes, hands and mouth so they can pick up food and put it in their mouth all by themselves
- swallow food – babies who are not ready to wean will push food back out with their tongue
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Natasha Corrett is a well-known healthy cook, wellness writer and author of the Honestly Healthy cookbooks and brand. Having published 4 books in 16 countries and sold over half a million copies, whilst also launching a successful online magazine website, she took some time out from work to have a baby and has now found a gap in the market for healthy pregnancy, baby and family food. In September of 2018 MumsKnowBest.com launched.
"After turning to the support and community of Instagram I realised that a space needed to exist to support all parents. Everyone has a great dish they make for the family so why not share with each other in one place.
I don’t know any mother or parent that isn’t confused by weaning, it is always a worrying time so through the mistakes I have made the expert advice i have been given I want to share my knowelage to make the process a little less daunting for others. I believe you should be able to cook one meal for the whole family, from weaning to lunch boxes: one dish can be adapted to suit everyone.
My focus is on cooking from scratch so you can feed your family healthy food without spending hours in the kitchen each day. " @natashacorrett
Having worked in film with a huge passion for food before children, Lizzie became a mother for the first time, 12 years ago and felt the options were not out there to include babies and children in the fun, flavour and fabulous nutritional opportunities that food can provide. Lizzie did a nutrition course and a Leith’s course, created her blog and set about making up her own recipes to make eating as a family fun, full of goodness and always delicious.
This lead to Lizzie’s book being published last year, and she am lucky now to be able to work in the food industry to create recipes, do talks, demos and workshops to keep food healthy and delicious and everyone as well as they can be.
Inspired by her own fussy eater, Ciara Attwell set up www.myfussyeater.com in 2014.
It has now become one of the UK's leading family food websites and Ciara has helped thousands of frustrated mums and dads introduce their reluctant eaters to mealtimes that are not only healthy but also fun.
Ciara's recipes range from healthy breakfast options to school lunch boxes that will make your kids smile, adventurous evening meals that are quick and easy to prepare and lot of nutritious snack ideas too.
Lucinda Miller is the clinical lead and founder of NatureDoc, and runs a team of UK-wide nutritional therapists specialising in mother and child nutrition. She has been practising as a naturopath for 20 years and is qualified in Functional Medicine.
Lucinda is the author of the bestselling family cookbook ‘The Good Stuff’ which was published in 2018. She is passionate about the benefits that healthy eating and a positive lifestyle bring to nourishing both brain and body in growing kids. She is the mum of three and lives in Wiltshire.
When the time comes to start the weaning process it is like an endless pit of information out there. When do you start? What do you start with feeding them? What foods can you offer and what do you have to stay away from? Spoon-fed or baby led?
There are so many questions parents face. This short intro to weaning is packed with 20 recipes and tips from chef, best-selling author and mother Natasha Corrett, Ciara Attwell from My Fussy Eater, Lucinda Miller top children’s nutritionist and Lizzie King mother of 3 and author of Lizzie Loves Healthy all to help give you confidence with feeding your family.
Tommee Tippee was founded with a simple mission to make everyday life just a bit easier for mums and dads around the world. For over 50 years we’ve made products that are smart and simple, innovative and intuitive, helping parents embrace the roller-coaster ride that is parenting.
We believe weaning baby shouldn’t have to be daunting. Providing fresh home-made baby food should be quick and easy. That’s why we are proud to sponsor the Mothercare Weaning 101 Workshop, providing parents with the tools they need to wean easily.
So ditch the chef whites, pick up your pinny and let’s all wean together.
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how to wean a baby: a guide to weaning
Weaning is a really important step in your baby’s development. It can be great fun to explore new flavours and textures together and to begin with, how much your baby takes is less important than getting them used to the idea of eating as they will still be getting most of their nutrition from breast milk or infant formula...