Help is at hand for parents of pre-schoolers confused as to what they should, and shouldn’t be, feeding their babies and toddlers. TV nutritionist Amanda Ursell has written an essential guide to feeding your child from weaning to four years.
The Baby and Toddler Food Bible outlines healthy eating for children from six months up to 1 and year-by-year up to four and includes over 200 tried and tested recipes for healthy baby and toddler meals.
NHS Guidelines on Baby and Toddler Food
The book contains the nutritional information parents need to know about toddler foods. NHS guidelines advise parents to be careful with salt, saturated fat and sugar – parents should avoid feeding these to babies and young children.
Honey should be avoided by under ones because of the risk of a bacteria that can be fatal to babies, and raw shellfish and undercooked eggs should also not be eaten because of the risk of food poisoning.
On the other hand toddlers nutritionally benefit from having full-fat dairy products such as milk and yoghurt, rather than low fat versions, and parents should be aware that iron and calcium are particularly important to development and make sure to include foods rich in these in the diet.
As well as nutrition, the Baby and Toddler Food Bible deals with important topics such as how to deal with picky eaters, allergies and intolerances and whether commercially produced baby food is ok.
Amanda Ursell is a well-known advocate of a simple approach to healthy eating for adults encouraging us to enjoy the great taste of healthy foods and to learn how simple preparation techniques can boost nutritional values.
Best of all for busy parents, her approach to healthy eating can be used for the whole family. The key to saving time and everyone in the family eating healthy meals is planning.
“If buying a house is all about location, location, location,” she says, “organising healthy children’s meals day in and day out is all about planning, planning and planning.
Know what you are going to cook and serve well in advance so that you can shop and prepare with as little extra fuss and time as possible and don’t start going down the route of serving of one meal for one family member and something else for another.”
Amanda Ursell’s Baby and Toddler Food Bible is published by Hay House priced £11.99 and joins a growing list of useful books for parents on infant and toddler nutrition including Baby-led Weaning: Helping Your Baby to Love Good Food by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett, published by Vermillion priced £10.99, and Annabel Karmel’s New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner, published by Ebury priced £14.99.