Food tips for par­ents

NHS chiefs give wean­ing ad­vice

Wishaw Press - - HEALTH - Robert Mitchell

A new cam­paign is en­cour­ag­ing La­nark­shire fam­i­lies to make healthy baby wean­ing food at home.

Health chiefs have put to­gether a set of handy recipe videos that present ba­sic recipes for dif­fer­ent ages and stages to par­ents.

And the ad­vice is that pur­chas­ing in­di­vid­ual items and cook­ing meals your­self, rather than re­ly­ing on jars and pouches, al­lows ba­bies to try a va­ri­ety of tex­tures and tastes at a frac­tion of the price.

An­gela An­der­son, a nurs­ery nurse with NHS La­nark­shire’s health vis­it­ing team, said: “In­tro­duc­ing your baby to solid foods can be a daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and some fam­i­lies can feel that this is a lit­tle over­whelm­ing.

“How­ever, when you break the process down into small steps, you find that cook­ing healthy food for your baby is ex­tremely easy.

“The step-by-step and easy to fol­low video guides in­tro­duces fam­i­lies to sim­ple wean­ing recipes that can be eas­ily adapted as their child grows.

“Ev­ery meal you give a young baby is a com­pletely new taste ex­pe­ri­ence for them, so they don’t need overly com­pli­cated mix­tures.

“The best ad­vice I can give a par­ent or carer is to be re­laxed about the whole process, go at baby’s pace and make wean­ing a happy ex­pe­ri­ence.

“This will also teach your baby that pre­par­ing and eat­ing food can be a very so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The videos also ex­plain the signs that fam­i­lies should look out for which show when their baby is ready to start wean­ing at around six-months-old.

Louise Gib­son, pae­di­atric di­eti­tian, said: “I would rec­om­mend that fam­i­lies start wean­ing their chil­dren at around six months of age when their diges­tive sys­tems and kid­neys are able to cope with food.

“It’s also im­por­tant to look out for signs of readi­ness to wean such as be­ing able to sit up and sup­port them­selves, keep their head in a stable po­si­tion and show­ing an in­ter­est in food.

“When your baby first starts eat­ing solid foods, they will only take small amounts. It’s about learn­ing to eat. It’s meant to be fun – make it as re­laxed as fun and as messy as you can.”

The recipes are ac­com­pa­nied by a ‘su­per­mar­ket chal­lenge’ video, which high­lights the sav­ings that can be made by cre­at­ing your own healthy wean­ing food.

By buy­ing in­di­vid­ual in­gre­di­ents and pre­par­ing meals at home, you are able to save ap­prox­i­mately £13 each week.

Su­san Short, pub­lic health nu­tri­tion­ist, said: “In re­cent years, wean­ing jars and pouches have be­come a big hit among busy fam­i­lies.

“How­ever, feed­ing your baby on these jars and pouches each day can cost ap­prox­i­mately £25 a week.

“For a four week month, this adds up to over £100. It’s an enor­mous price to pay, espe­cially for fam­i­lies who may be strug­gling fi­nan­cially.”

All of the recipes can be found on the NHS La­nark­shire web­site: www. nhsla­nark­shire.scot.nhs.uk/ser­vices/ in­fant-nutri­tion/wean­ing/ .

The videos will also be avail­able on Facebook, Twit­ter, Vimeo and Youtube.

Tasty Videos show all kinds of recipes that ba­bies will en­joy

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