Nutritional info, stuff you should know

Weaning made easy

Lets’s talk the First 1000 days. “Nutrition during pregnancy and in the first years of a child’s life provides the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system. In fact, a growing body of scientific evidence shows that the foundations of a person’s lifelong health—including their predisposition to obesity and certain chronic diseases—are largely set during this 1,000 day window.” –thousanddays.org

As parents this just adds more pressure to an already pretty stressful time. We’re trying to alleviate this pressure by providing parents with fresh, nutritionally balanced convenient meals for those days when things just don’t go to plan.

We teamed up with nutritionists who specialise in childhood nutrition to develop recipes that are both delicious and contain the goodness little ones need to aid their growth and development.

Lets’s talk the First 1000 days. “Nutrition during pregnancy and in the first years of a child’s life provides the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system. In fact, a growing body of scientific evidence shows that the foundations of a person’s lifelong health—including their predisposition to obesity and certain chronic diseases—are largely set during this 1,000 day window.” –thousanddays.org

As parents this just adds more pressure to an already pretty stressful time. We’re trying to alleviate this pressure by providing parents with fresh, nutritionally balanced convenient meals for those days when things just don’t go to plan.

We teamed up with nutritionists who specialise in childhood nutrition to develop recipes that are both delicious and contain the goodness little ones need to aid their growth and development.

Ingredients, what is in the meals and why?

Every ingredient has been selected for a reason. Most have nutritional values that support children’s growth and development, but some are just plain yummy. Where possible all ingredients are organic.

We’ve tried to add as many iron rich foods as we can in each meal. Iron for weaning babies and toddlers is so important, the recent reports on the amount of children (and adults) that are iron deficient is worrying. It’s an essential nutrient needed to produce hemoglobin. Without hemoglobin, red blood cells can’t do their job properly which can result in delayed age appropriate growth and development.  Along with iron rich foods like lentils, chickpeas, red meat and chicken thighs (which are higher in iron than breasts), we have made sure to include vitamin c ingredients to aid in the absorption of iron.

With the exception of four of the purees all meals have been cooked using rapeseed oil as it provides an added omega 3 boost. Omega 3 is good for eye, brain, bone and joint health and development.

Salt isn’t required for flavour. We love flavour, the bolder the better. We use herbs and spices and very little salt in our cooking.

We never bulk up purees with fruit and focus solely on keeping those first tastes as pure as possible. 

For more detail on the ingredients used and why, read the full notes from one our nutritionists here.

Portion Sizes.
How much should my child be eating?

Our portions are quite big, because we are very generous. This is not a 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. Most of the meals are large enough to split over multiple days or between two or more children.

Judy one of our nutritionists 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.”

Read more about child nutrition and weaning on her website.

Alternatively First Steps Nutrition provide handy diagrams of what a child should be eating and when.