Notes from the nursery:
feeding hungry babies

Fiona Coddington
Nursery Advisor, Peter Jones

There’s been a lot of talk, and quite a bit of controversy, about feeding choices - breast or bottle. As far as we nursery advisors are concerned, the choice has to be yours. If you opt for bottle feeding, we can recommend many good products on the market to help support you.

Along with the bottles, teats and steriliser, if you're using formula milk the Philips Avent powder dispenser is really handy, carrying 3 pre-measured portions of your baby’s milk powder, and so is ideal for travel.

There are many bottles on the market to suit your baby’s needs Dr Brown’s is a very good bottle for babies who suffer from colic, as it has a special valve inside which eliminates air as baby sucks.

As your baby grows and they start to need more than just milk, weaning then begins.

Pre-prepared foods are popular, but there have been concerns expressed about the quantity of salt, sugar and additives in them. There’s no doubting their convenience, but we’re certainly finding that for reasons of economy too, many mums are now turning to home-made meals. The Beaba Cook steamer/blender is a very good buy, enabling you to prepare and cook baby’s food with one neat product.

If your little one is ready for solids, this charming dinner set from Little Rhymes

includes everything you need in one handy pack, and the OXO tot range is sturdy and colourful too.

The Philips Avent Bottle Feeding Solutions Pack is a great set to buy and very good value. It contains everything you'll need to bottle feed your baby. Don’t worry if you’re on a tight budget, as the items in the set can be purchased separately too, allowing you to buy items as and when you need them.

Weaning tips

Most babies are ready to start solids at around six months, and the Department of Health recommends waiting until then to reduce the risk of developing food allergies. Look out for your baby showing an interest in what you’re eating, still seeming hungry after a feed, or waking at night after having previously slept through.

If space is tight, look for a highchair that folds away neatly when not in use, or consider a booster seat that attaches to a chair or table. Many highchairs are adjustable, with removable trays, reclining seats and multiple height settings so they’ll grow with your child.

You’ll need plastic plates, cups and spoons (it’s best not to use metal until your baby is a year old). Bibs are essential for protecting your baby’s clothes.

If you’re planning to make your own food, preparing in bulk and freezing is the most economical way. Think about investing in a blender to quickly whizz up fruit and vegetable purees, and divide them into portions in small containers before freezing.

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