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Toddler feeding tips

Feeding sizes

Your baby will usually let you know when they’ve eaten enough but begin with a small teaspoon and move on from there. At first, babies just need to experiment with food as milk is their main nutrient but as they get older a balanced and varied diet that provides all the different food groups including vegetables and fruit, starchy carbohydrates, dairy and a source of protein such as eggs, meat or fish is recommended.

Let them play with the food and get messy

Babies love to play with and feel their food. It eases them into texture because they can touch it first rather than just understanding the food comes on a spoon.

Cook everything in 10 minutes

There is no need to laboriously slave away in the kitchen to cook your baby’s food. If you can, try to give them the same as what you eat, without seasoning it, as this will save you time when you come to eat. All these recipes can be cooked in 10 minutes, and if you make extra for the next meal you’ll save even more time!

Storing baby food

Make sure the food you’ve cooked goes into a clean bowl and into the fridge, covered, if you’re not serving it straight away. To serve, heat to piping hot or straight from the fridge, or from a well-chilled cool bag.