Dairy free weaning

Dairy free weaning

Starting weaning is an exciting milestone for you and your baby. However, if your child has a cow’s milk allergy, you may be worried about dairy free weaning. You may have questions like: what should a dairy free baby eat, what if they are allergic to something else, and how do I ensure they get enough calcium?

Sitting in a highchair: What you need to know

Sitting in a highchair: What you need to know

Selecting a highchair for your baby is a rite of passage. As parents we usually consider affordability, size, style and practicality when making our choice. But do we consider how it may help our babies eating?

Eating requires a number of finely tuned movements known as oral motor skills and they develop both with time - as our babies get older and with experience and practice with eating. The oral motor movements for eating are finely graded movements. They are aided by core or central stability

Toddler Milk: How much is too much

Toddler Milk: How much is too much

By Julia Wolman Registered Nutritionist

From the day your baby is born, it’s all about the milk. Are they feeding often enough? Should they be having more? Are they having too much?

After the first few months, when some semblance of routine is (finally) beginning to emerge, it’s time for something new – solids! To start with, milk feeds continue as usual whilst baby gets used to new tastes and textures. Some time between 6-12 months

What I Wish I'd Known about Breastfeeding....

What I Wish I'd Known about Breastfeeding....

I wish I’d known…

to feed my baby as soon as possible after birth.

 If you can, feed your baby within the first hour of its birth. After this the baby can become sleepy for up to 24 hours and less interested in breast feeding. Benefits of this first early feed include keeping baby warm by being skin to skin, calming the baby, giving baby colostrum as its very first milk and releasing oxytocin which makes your uterus contract and reduces your bleeding as well as making you feel very in love with your new tiny one.

Gagging, Coughing & Choking: Everything you need to know

Gagging, Coughing & Choking: Everything you need to know

Introducing solid foods to your baby is an exciting time. However, for some of the parents I work with it can also be worrying for fear of gagging and choking. Below is some useful information to help you feel more confident when weaning your baby to solid foods.

Gagging is a normal protective reflex that is highly sensitive when weaning starts. This is because its designed to stop your baby from choking

Tips for responsive spoon feeding

Tips for responsive spoon feeding

Feed Eat Speak & allaboutbabies have teamed up to bring you our top tips for responsive spoon feeding.

We are aware that Baby-Led Weaning isn’t for every parent or every baby so here are our top tips for spoon feeding parents.

1.     Wait till your baby opens their mouth. This may sound a bit obvious but sometimes babies take a bit of time to get going with weaning and many parents panic that their baby needs to eat. Actually, the main source of nutrition for the first year of life

Dummies Do’s and Don’ts

Dummies Do’s and Don’ts

As a speech therapist I get asked a lot about what my views are on using dummies (also known as pacifiers and soothers). Before I had my own children I’d have said not to use them due to the impact they may have on speech and language development, however my views have changed as I have learned more about infant behaviour in my feeding work and also since becoming a mother.