Amelia has always been a fussy eater, right from the word go when we first introduced solids with her and started weaning. Which is why this time round when it came to weaning with Harry I knew how I would introduce it and try it differently. Weaning should be a really exciting time for both you and your baby. However, sometimes things don't always go to plan and your little one may not like what's put in front of them. There's no need to panic though as there are lots of different reasons why they may not like this new taste. Weaning is all about exploring new tastes, flavours and textures so don't worry if the majority of it ends up on the floor.
Did you know that in your baby's first year you should be supplementing weaning with around 500-600ml (about a pint) of milk a day? This is because it can be hard to know whether your baby is getting the right amount of nutrients. SMA Follow-on Milk complements the weaning diet, helping to provide hard to get nutrients such as Iron and Vitamin D which may be hard to introduce into your little ones diet. Introducing nutritious foods to your babies' diet is needed to support their continued growth and development as they become more active.
We were recently asked to take part in the SMA Nutrition 'Come & Wean with Us' campaign which aims to help new and first time mums through the tricky but exciting stage of weaning. They will be guiding mums through each stage of weaning through a series of short but informative recipe videos with a well-respected celebrity chef, whilst highlighting the importance of the essential vitamins and minerals including Iron, Omega 3 & 6 and Vitamin D.
We've been asked to try Recipe 1: Beef and Carrot Risotto from the "Introducing tastes" stage which is all about introducing meats and is perfect for us as I'm currently trying to introduce more meats other than just chicken into his evening meals. I am yet to try him with beef so I am interested to see what he will think of this dish and if he'll eat much of the beef or stick with the carrot and risotto.
Other stages and recipes include First Foods with a recipe for a Fruit & Vegetable Puree and a Fruit smoothie. Introducing fish is also including in stage 2 of introducing tastes, and stage 3 is all about preparing for family meal times and introducing a well-balanced diet with recipes such a turkey and red pepper burgers and chicken and apple balls. All of these meals sound perfect for each stage of weaning and I look forward to trying out the others in the near future.
I look forward to letting you know how we got on with the recipe and whether Harry enjoyed it or not and there's also a little competition that you may wish to enter for your chance to win £100 worth of fresh food vouchers which you can then stock up on lots of fruit and veg to make delicious meals for your little ones!
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