“The baby meals have 80-110k calories per 100g of food which is what the World Health Organisation recommends for weaning babies. We have included in each baby meal a food which is a good source of iron because your baby's iron stores will have been depleted by the age of 4- 6 months. High iron foods from the beginning of weaning are recommended for all babies. The high iron foods we chose are lentils and chickpeas and in each meal they are combined with potato and vegetables. There are 2 advantages when lentils and chickpeas are combined with potato or sweet potato: 1. The vitamin C in the potatoes helps the iron in the lentils and chickpeas to be absorbed. 2. The proteins from the lentils and chickpeas combined with the protein in the potato provides first class protein that is found in milk, meat and fish. The meals all have a good balance in combining vegetables along with the high iron foods and starchy foods. The starchy foods provide B vitamins and fibre and the vegetables provide vitamins A & C, fibre and antioxidants.”
“Iron remains a very important nutrient for toddlers as about 1 in 8 toddlers develop iron deficiency through not eating a balanced diet. Lack of iron slows down growth and development. We have included a high iron food in each of the toddler meals. Some contain meat or salmon which provide haem iron – a form of iron that is very easily absorbed. The other meals contain lentils in combination with potato or pasta which together provides both iron and a combination of proteins to give first class protein. These meals also have plenty of vitamin C to increase the absorption of the non-haem iron in the lentils. These meals are well balanced containing vegetables as well.”
Our portions are quite big, because we are very generous. This is though no reflection on how much your child should be eating. If they eat it all, that's fine, if they leave most of it that's fine too.
Judy has provided some wisdom on this.
“Responsive feeding is letting your baby decide how much of each pot to eat. Eating is tiring for babies when they are learning new feeding skills so always allow your baby to stop eating when they signal to you that they have had enough. To signal this, they may keep their mouth shut, hold the food in their mouth without swallowing it, turn their head away from the spoon or push the spoon or bowl away with their hand. Toddlers eat varying amounts of food at different meal and on different days so allow your toddler to eat just as much of these meals as they wish. It may be the whole pot, or it may be less than half the pot but trust your toddler to eat the amount they need.”