Carrot puree

Carrots are a great first taste as they are naturally sweet. This recipe is suitable for 4 months+ and is a great option for spoon fed weaning. Makes approximately 3 portions. Suitable for freezing.   Ingredients 1 large carrot Breast or formula milk Method Peel and chop the carrot into slices then boil for 6-8…

Roasted butternut squash puree

A great first taste for your little one to try aged 6 months+. Butternut squash is naturally sweet and roasting it gives an even better flavour – a great option for spoon fed weaning. Makes approximately 8 portions. Suitable for freezing. Ingredients 1 butternut squash Breast or formula milk Method Preheat the oven to 200…

Baby Eton Mess

A really simple recipe for a tasty baby dessert that’s great for weaning and toddlers. Ingredients 1 strawberry 1 small baby yoghurt 1 biscotti/ baby biscuit Method Chop a strawberry up into baby bite size pieces Pour a small baby yoghurt or fromage frais over the top Crumble a small baby biscotti up, scatter and…

Should you do mixed feeding?

If you can’t decided what the best technique for baby weaning is or you like elements from both spoon fed and baby led, perhaps mixed feeding is the option for you. Mixed feeding combines the purees offered in spoon feeding with the soft foods to pick up in baby led weaning. It’s a good way…

Spoon fed weaning

What is spoon fed weaning? This process involves different foods being offered to your baby from a spoon in the form of a purรฉe. These first tastes are usually different fruits and vegetables that are blended down very thinly to ease the transition from milk to solids. Feeding from a spoon is the opposite technique…

Baby led weaning

What is baby led weaning? Baby led weaning (BLW) is the process of a baby feeding themselves solid food without the help of an adult. The approach was pioneered by midwife and health visitor, Gill Rapley back in 2003 and has gained huge traction in recent years. Baby led weaning involves soft foods such as…

What equipment do you need for weaning?

Once your baby is ready to start weaning, you will need to prepare food for them. Whether you choose to do baby led weaning, spoon or mixed, this list of equipment should help you. Food blender – if you donโ€™t already have one at home, you can pick a small blender up for around ยฃ10…

When to start weaning your baby

The NHS advises you should start weaning your baby around 6 months old. The operative word in that sentence being ‘around’. Some babies may want food at 4 months, some may not be interested until 6.5 months. Take the NHS advice onboard but, be guided by your baby. Spotting the signs that your baby is…

The week that was

This week has been a short one as we’ve been cooped up for half of it with illness. But, we’re feeling better now and looking back at the highlights. Here’s our snapshot. New Hartbeeps term – we started back at Hartbeeps South Manchester on Monday afternoon, kicking off with Easter fancy dress. George was given…

The week that was

This week was full of firsts. Flavours, lessons, places and purchases. The most important event was today – George’s naming ceremony. It was a chance for our closest friends and family to come together and formally celebrate his arrival. It was beautiful. Here’s a snap shot of the week that was. Crazy weather – Monday…