Life with a little one is a wonderful whirlwind, and oh so messy, right?! Starting solids is a particularly big milestone and it’s important to ensure hungry tums get the nutritious meals they need; but navigating what to feed them or finding time to make yummy dishes can sometimes be tricky. So, we asked an expert for her tips – nutritionist and mum of three, Claire Power (Healthy French Wife).
“It can be overwhelming for new parents with so many options and different styles with purees or baby led weaning. From 4 to 6 months old I recommend starting with smooth purees and increasing texture and flavours rapidly,” she says.
“Vegetables and fruits should be some of the first foods babies try along with an iron-fortified meal such as in the new Sweetpea mixes, because iron is a very important mineral for little ones to have a healthy development.”
Sweetpea is a new Aussie dried baby food that’s a quick and wholesome meal solution to help out busy parents. When there’s so much going on when you have life with a little one, sometimes making your own purees is just too much for busy parents. No need to feel bad though, Claire thinks there’s nothing wrong with taking a nutritious short cut when you need to.
“Full of good stuff, made in Australia and with no nasties, Sweetpea’s baby meals are an ideal first food for babies. I especially like that they’re a dry food that only requires warm water to instantly become a convenient, delicious and nutritious plant-based meal with wholegrains, protein and iron. You really don’t have to make everything from scratch all the time.”
Adds Claire: “The Sweetpea range is also great for including different tastes and textures which is important for babies to be exposed to. As a mum and nutritionist, their banana porridge, baked beans, mushy veg and pumpkin risotto are the perfect healthy and quick snack for little ones starting solids that are also great for busy parents.”