Thursday 22nd March 2018
Our nutritionist, talks about introducing your little ones to nutritious eating – from nourishing weaning right up to healthy snacking with our Little Yeos range of fromage frais and full fat yogurt for babies – both organic!
Starting solids is undoubtedly a milestone in your baby’s development. But it can also be a time that leaves you feeling nervous and worried. Good news then that weaning is easier than you think.
The aim is to gradually introduce your baby to a wide range of tastes and textures, increasing the amount and variety of foods they have over time so that by their first birthday they’re enjoying three balanced and nutritious meals a day with snacks.
When weaning your baby it’s not always easy to know when to start. Health experts, for example, recommend waiting until your baby is six months old before giving them solids. Before this time, breast milk or infant formula provides all the nutrients a baby needs. But from about six months, babies start to need more nutrients as they grow – that’s why it’s a good time to introduce them to food.
Choosing the right sorts of foods is important, too. The preferences that babies and young children develop in the first few years can stick with them for life so make sure you provide plenty of nutritious foods – and a balanced diet – right from the start.
Good first foods to offer include baby rice mixed with your baby’s usual milk and mashed or soft-cooked fruit and veg like bananas, apples, avocado, melon, carrots, parsnip, butternut squash and potatoes. Next you can offer soft, cooked meat like chicken, mashed fish (making sure it contains no bones), mashed hard-boiled eggs and cooked lentils, rice and pasta. Yogurt is also a great food for babies to try once y=they are over the age of 6 months.
Cows milk alone can be difficult to digest for infants under a year old but yogurt is a different story. Yogurt is safe to incorporate into your baby’s diet as it contains healthy live cultures which do all the hard work for them, breaking down the lactose sugars and proteins in the milk making it easier to digest.
It’s recommended that full-fat dairy products are added to your baby’s diet at around 6 months of age. It’s good to give your baby a small amount of yogurt everyday as part of a balanced diet. This can include full-fat yogurt, fromage frais and pasteurised cheese – but make sure you pick ones with no added refined sugar or only small amounts.
If your family has a history of cow’s milk allergies, please work together with your GP before introducing dairy products into your baby’s diet.
There are a range of health benefits of yogurt for babies, especially as it’s a great source of fats, calcium, Vitamin D, protein and iodine, which are all crucial for healthy development and growth. Yogurt also contains probiotics which strengthen the immune system by introducing harmless ‘good’ bacteria into the intestines.
Little Yeos pots of thick and creamy organic fromage frais have been specially made for little hands and tummies and come in a convenient pack of six. If you’re keen to avoid products with a high level of sugar you can rest assured that all of the Little Yeo’s fromage frais range are sweetened with nothing but real fruit and a dash of concentrated grape juice.
As your baby grows up, so too do Little Yeos, with our Fruity Favourites 4 pack – bigger pots of organic yogurt still thick and creamy!
All Little Yeos yogurts are free from artificial sweeteners, colours and preservatives as well as being organic. The result: you can feel confident you’re giving your little ones a good start in life.
So now you’re familiar with the theory, enjoy the practice! Introducing your baby to the wonderful world of food should be fun and pleasurable so that they grow up with a love for delicious and nutritious foods that’ll put them on the road to good health for life.