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Frequently asked questions about feeding babies

Your baby started his life with milk – very gentle and bland in flavour. So when you give your baby some butternut purée to try for the first time, it’s a real taste explosion! If you give your baby a chance to savour the mouthful, his expression will probably change to curious and then he’ll open his mouth, as if to say, ‘okay mom, lets give that another try!’. By the third or fourth spoonful, most babies are in agreement: real food is pretty yummy.

Additional salt and sugar aren’t good for your baby’s digestive system, and they condition your baby to prefer sweet or salty foods going forwards, which isn’t a great dietary habit. It’s important for your baby to learn what food tastes like in its natural state. So don’t add sugar or salt to your baby’s food, they really don’t need it.

We’re all allowed to dislike certain foods but repeated exposure to a wide range of food will generally result in a baby with a short “I won’t eat” list. The thing to remember is not to give up on the first mouthful. It will take a few teaspoons for your baby to ascertain whether he truly likes or dislikes something. And just because it didn’t work out at this meal time doesn’t mean he will never eat it. So put it away and try again in a week’s time, and move onto something else in the moment.

Babies have tiny tummies so they can’t cope with huge volumes of food. What’s more, we’re all different, so one baby may eat a whole bowl of food whilst another will eat much less. Let your baby guide you, if they turn their head away or lean away from you this is their way of saying “I have had enough”. If you are concerned speak to you Paediatric councillor for more specific advice.

At this stage your baby is very receptive to trying new things. Research has shown that babies who have been exposed to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in the first stage of weaning will generally develop good eating habits in the future. Put another way, it means you’re less likely to have a ‘picky eater’ later.

All our baby food purees are certified by the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) as Halaal. Our registration number is HT 3450.

Our baby food packs are made from materials which have been tried and tested, meeting the highest standards. They are designed to be heated in a microwave safely, and they can also be frozen. Of course, if you’d prefer it, you can transfer their contents into a suitable container and heat them this way, as well as over a double boiler or in a microwave.

Our purees should always be kept in the fridge but you can transport them too, simply place them in a cooler box – with a cooler brick to keep them cool. This will protect your baby’s food whilst you are out and about, keeping it nice and cool. Always check the use-by date on each product and never use the product if the tub, seal or cap has been broken or damaged.

Our purees can be frozen for later use at your convenience. When you want to use them, simply take them out of the freezer and allow them to defrost overnight in your fridge. It’s natural for foods that have been frozen to have some free water after defrosting – simply give the product a shake, then heat or serve.

Once food has been heated and or fed to a baby, bacteria naturally present in the mouth of your baby will be transferred to the food. In this warm environment, the bacteria will be able to flourish and grow; for this reason you should never re-use food which has been served or warmed.