Never cut off crusts!

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Never cut off crusts!

I am not sure if this is just a British thing or if this is available everywhere now, but I could never understand the point of no crusts bread. I also did not understand why you would want to cut the crusts off, especially off a toast bread, they are soft anyway. I understand it now and this example shows very well how parents are harming their kids and introduce unnecessary strange eating habits, all out of good intentions.

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The child who eats everything at 2.5

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The child who eats everything at 2.5

So what happens to a baby who ate everything during her weaning stage? Well, good question. Is she a fussy eater? No. But would everyone looking at her agree? Probably not. That’s a pickle of sorts. ‘How can this be?’ I hear you ask. Well… she eats everything, when she feels like it. Isn’t everyone like this though? 

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Creamy salmon and fresh peas pasta

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Creamy salmon and fresh peas pasta

There is something super inspiring about going shopping, finding something different, coming home and cooking it. To be honest, I never bother cooking with fresh peas. Frozen are just so convenient (and cheaper) that it seems like you really need to go out of your way just to make one meal with fresh ones. It is not that hard though, although this recipe could be done in half the time if I used peas straight from the packet. They are lovely and sweet and will give a baby or an older child something to do and help develop their fine motor skills, so don't be afraid to use child labour in this instance, but at the same time don't be surprised if there are more peas on the floor than in the bowl.

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A wake up call

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A wake up call

You know that niggling feeling, the one when you know you should be doing something, but somehow you can’t be bothered or the thought of it is so overwhelming that you just don’t know where to start, so you don’t, but feel shit just the same? 

Feeding your children healthier food must be one of them. Surely, parents who give their kids rubbish just to save them from starvation must know that they are doing something wrong, right? But then sometimes I’m not so sure.

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The best first solid foods for your baby

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The best first solid foods for your baby

The information on the best first solid food to give to your baby can be conflicting and confusing as different methods and even different countries suggest something else. The truth is, it is your choice. As long as it is healthy, has no added salt and your baby can eat it, anything goes. The only thing that babies cannot eat, and for a good reason, are whole nuts, runny egg yolks and honey. You also don't need to worry about allergies unless there are some in your family, so feel free to introduce new food whenever you wish.

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Cocoa and coconut soft oat bars

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Cocoa and coconut soft oat bars

Chocolate and coconut deliciousness! Just as good as the shop bought ones, you know the organic baby brand that shall not be named here, or even better. You can still make them 100% organic at home and adjust the ingredients to taste. They are vegan and have no added processed sugar.

A great alternative to chocolate or any other sweets that your kids would love to eat.

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How bad eating habits can mess up a person for life

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How bad eating habits can mess up a person for life

Have you ever wondered how you were fed as a baby and how it affected you? Even if you don't actually know, you can probably guess, whatever your family thinks you should be doing with your baby, they did with you, and more. Do you think it affected your relationship with food when you got older? Does it still affect you now? It affects me...

Let me tell you what I remember and what I have been told. The weaning started very early, not sure how early, but probably at 4 months or even earlier. I was fed vegetable soups from the bottle, then thicker mush, for a while. I was fed every 4 hours or so, with no snacking in between. Proper schedule, great for mums, not so much for babies!

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All you need to know about baby led weaning

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All you need to know about baby led weaning

I strongly believe that good eating habits start with weaning. This one single decision as a parent may affect a great deal of your child’s life and health, after all obesity and eating disorders are not much more than unhealthy relationship with food. Babies know what they need and how much they need to eat. By letting them regulate their own appetite and providing them with a selection of healthy food, you will help them develop healthy eating habits.

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A variety of meatballs

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A variety of meatballs

Don't be fooled by the chickens in the background, these are lamb meatballs. Meatballs have been the main source of meat for my baby since she was six months old. They are easy to hold if you shape them into sausages, cook quickly, take all sorts of flavourings really well, and they are easy to chew, with or without teeth. I have recently started to buy organic meat, as I finally found a halal source, and I cannot stress enough how much better it is. Forget the animal welfare bit, it tastes great and cooks different as well, meatballs don't splatter, don't shrink by half and stay soft. If you can, always get organic. Below is not so much a recipe, but a list of suggestions of different flavourings you can use with lamb mince that will allow you to make a great variety of meat balls. It is also a great way to introduce different herbs and flavours in a way that your baby will love.

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Don’t stress over weaning

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Don’t stress over weaning

It can be difficult to know where to start with weaning. What food to give first, how often, when to introduce what. Can babies eat eggs, can they eat dairy, and what about common allergens? There are so many baby food products and food is labelled either by age or stage. But you probably want to cook your own food, because that must be better for a baby, so what do you put in baby food? How mushed should it be? Soup or a thick paste? And what about finger foods, when can babies eat them? From six months? So when should you give them the mush? Also six months? This is getting confusing and a bit overwhelming, right?

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