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A Balanced Diet For Babies & Toddlers



Every parents wants what's best for their baby or toddler, whether that be formula or breastfed as well as baby led or fed homemade purees. When Amelia was born I'll be honest I didn't do much research, I wasn't clued up on breastfeeding, weaning or routines. But we managed and looking back now I don't see why I was so worried. We gave Amelia her first solids around 6 months old but as she was still breastfed she didn't really take an interest into food. It wasn't until a few months later around 9 or 10 months when I started making homemade baby food for her. 

Starting solids was so overwhelming to me, I wasn't a cook, I didn't know where to start. I wish I had bought more baby feeding equipment such as the baby bullet or even a few recipe books like the Annabel Karmel weaning book which I have heard so many positive things about. 

Baby nutrition is extremely important for growth and development which is why it is recommended that your baby has a wide variety of foods when they are ready to be weaned for a healthy baby diet. Whether that be baby led or pureed food. This includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, starchy foods, dairy products and protein foods. 

Fruit and Vegetables
  • Apples, bananas, strawberries, pears, organges, grapes, brocoli, cauliflower, peas, tomatoes etc. 
  • Leafy green vegetables will provide iron, folic acid and vitamin C
  • Citrus fruits supply vitamin C
Starchy Foods

Bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes and rice are all good starchy products which will provide energy and carbohydrates to your baby. They are also good for fibre which is important for a healthy digestive system.

Diary Products 

Cheese, milk and yoghurts will all give your baby energy and fat for growth as well as calcium and vitamin D which are needed for strong bones and teeth.

Protein

Meat, chicken, eggs, beans, sausages and fish are all high in energy, fat and protein which is needed for growth. They are also high in Vitamin B for energy and minerals such as iron and zinc. 

If you are looking to stock up on products to make the weaning process much easier be sure to check out the Tesco baby event. I recently popped down to our local store and stocked up on plenty of essentials as well as nappies and wipes. Also while you're there there's a chance to win a seven night family holiday to Disney World in Florida so don't miss out on that either!

* This post is in association with Tesco Baby.

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31 comments

  1. Fab post! Jack loves yogurts and cheese - the kid is dairy obsessed!

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  2. I've always tried to go with a varied diet with a bit of everything, in the hope I won't get a fussy eater, although it was primarily to make sure he was getting everything he needed

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  3. My baby isn't here yet but when it comes to the weaning stage, I'll be offering a little bit of everything... a healthy diet is a balanced diet! :)

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  4. This is a great post for helping new Mums with weaning. When I weaned my two babies, I found they were very different in their likes for food, but it was always important to me to give them fresh homemade food. I made sure each meal was well balanced and they got everything they needed from the meals I fed them.

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  5. Lots of great ideas in the article I am sure it will be of a big help when it is time to wean.

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  6. Fantastic post for somebody first venturing into weaning. Excellent advice!

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  7. Brilliant post! My little boy loved every fruit going when i started weaning and still loves it now. It's all about experimenting and seeing what they like and what they don't like.

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  8. I will be keeping an eye on this post for when my time comes to start weaning

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  9. My son is nearly 1 and wont eat anything with lumps at the moment, I have to puree everything! Hope he grows out of it soon!

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  10. I tried baby led weaning, but she just threw it all overboard!! I did a bit of pureeing and also gave some finger foods. Pureeing is definitely cleaner, but baby led is fun when they are a bit older albeit much messier!!

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  11. My little boy suffered from reflux so we were advised to wean him a little early - he improved so much quicker on thicker foods! :D

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  12. Thanks for the tips! My daughter is fussy just like I have read Amelia is. The food groups and what vitamins they provide is very helpful and I will be trying out a few new things.

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  13. I love the way this article explains what food groups are needed for a healthy child's diet.

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  14. we are starting to look into weaning, a few months off still but information is key

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  15. I found it hard when weaning, as son didn't like the baby food you can buy.

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  16. thanks for the post, will use your tips in the future

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  17. tips from those who've been there are always useful :)

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  18. Very informative. We did mainly baby led weaning with Amy and she eats whatever you put in front of her - apart from mashed potato, which I think makes her think she's eating baby food.

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  19. It's good to have more information - weaning is a minefield of different opinions

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  20. Weaning advice and experience sharing appreciated.

    Rachel Craig

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  21. Abbie took months to eat anything solid, she would eat the purees but nothing with texture until she was about 12 months! Now she can't get enough! :) x

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  22. Brilliant post, very informative :)

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  23. Really good tips for knowing the best foods to give to your babies!!

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  24. Great tips, my boys a fruit bat :)

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  25. We have a very varied diet. Luckily, my baby and toddler both love fruit and veg :)

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