If you’re just starting to think about weaning your baby, or you’re in the midst of establishing mealtimes with your toddler, all the information, guidance and advice out there can be a bit… overwhelming. So, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Tidy Tot to bring you Mealtime Matters!
We have combined our years of experience in mealtimes to bring you a complete hub, bursting with information, help and resources. We are here to help guide you through your mealtime weaning journey, from early weaning to independent eating and everything in between.
You can join at any point in your journey – whatever the stage most relevant to you. We’ll be sharing expert advice, helpful hints and real-life experiences from other parents to bring it all to life. Put simply, Mealtime Matters will help make all that overwhelming information a bit more…. digestible.
Visit our Mealtime Matters pages to find out more.
Stage 1: Getting ready to wean (6 months)
You’re getting ready to start weaning your baby onto solid foods and your brain is buzzing with lots of questions and perhaps some worries too. We can help!
Read along to find out:
- What signs to look out for to indicate your baby is ready to start weaning
- What choices are there? A useful breakdown of the different approaches to weaning (Spoon-fed, Baby-led Weaning (BLW) or Sensory Weaning) and which one might be best for you and your baby
- The equipment you will need to give you and your little one the best start
Stage 2: Starting to wean (6 months +)
Ready, set, go! You’re all set to get going on this exciting taste adventure and there will be lots of questions, learnings and mess along the way!
We’re here to help with:
- Top tips for getting started
- The best first food (purees or finger foods)
- How to add flavour with our Sensory Weaning approach
- How to prepare foods
- Weaning with allergies
- Introducing cutlery
- Supporting your baby’s development
- Myth busting and support (common weaning myths, gag reflex, key milestones)
Stage 3: Moving on from weaning (12 months +)
At this stage you will hopefully be feeling more confident and really getting into the swing of things, but this new chapter also brings developmental changes and it’s own set of challenges.
Follow on with the program for advice on:
- New foods to introduce at this stage
- Adding flavour and interest to meals
- Supporting development through fine motor skills to encourage self-feeding
- Eating out with your child
- Worries and concerns including ‘is your baby eating enough’, fussy eaters, gagging vs choking
- The connection between food and sleep
- Introducing snacks
- How to deal with leftovers
Stage 4 – Independent Eating (18 months +)
Your little eater is becoming more independent, fine-tuning those fine motor skills and hopefully developing a varied and healthy taste palette (don’t panic if fussy eating sets in at this stage!). There’s so much you can explore and work through together in this phase and we have the resources to help guide you on your way.
Read more about:
- The key equipment that will help you at this stage
- The importance of family mealtimes
- New foods to introduce and recipes to try….let’s get adventurous!
- Supporting development through messy and sensory play
- Worries and challenges including tantrums, fussy eaters and portion sizes
We’re all so excited to join you on this exciting adventure and hope we can help and support you along the way. If there is any content or information that you are looking out for, please get in touch and let us know – together we can make Mealtime Matters an amazing hub for all weaning parents out there.
The doddl & Tidy Tot teams x