Every parent wants to give their baby the very best start but when it comes to nutrition, many mums feel stuck. There’s plenty of good advice out there – in books and magazines, papers and on the web – but do you really know what you should be feeding your baby and which foods to steer clear of? This handy guide is here to cut through the whirlwind of information and offer some simple,
helpful pointers for when you start to feed your baby.
What’s a balanced diet?
Variety is the key to a balanced diet and rather than thinking of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods, it helps to try and give them a healthy diet overall. From around 6 months of age, babies need foods from all the food groups shown in the table every day. So when your baby starts eating solids, make sure you offer them lots of variety!
How much food does my baby need?
Every baby is different so there are no hard and fast rules for knowing how much food they’ll eat. The best advice is to be guided by your baby and let them decide how much they want. Babies are generally good judges of how much they need and when they’ve eaten enough, they’ll usually refuse to eat any more. Just take their food away when they’ve had enough as it’s not worth trying to force them to eat – you’ll probably just end up wearing the meal!
What makes up 5-a-day?
Ideally, children under 5 years old should eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day – just like adults. However, their portions need to be smaller. As a rough guide, you can assume a portion will weigh about 30-40g.