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What does grass fed milk really mean?

In the world of marketing buzz words grass fed milk is a hot topic of conversation, but what does it actually mean? Is grass fed milk sourced from exclusively grass fed cows? And is organic grass fed baby formula really the best option for your baby?  In actual fact, there is no regulation that states...
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What to do if your baby is refusing solids

Transitioning to solid foods is an exciting time during your baby’s growth and development as they learn to discover new tastes and textures. But for some parents and their babies, this time can be stressful as the transition from breast or formula feeding is anything but smooth sailing. Although the introduction of solid foods is...
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Must have utensils and equipment for babies starting on solids

So your baby is sending you cues that they want to start solids….they are watching you eat with a wishful look in their eye, opening their mouth every time you go to take a bite and trying to steal your spoon out of your hand.  Before you start, you’ll need to go shopping!  Check out...
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Introducing solids – overview of different approaches and strategies

When it comes to introducing solids to your little one, there are three common approaches to choose from.  Let’s discuss what they are so that you can choose the best approach for your baby….. Spoon feeding: Spoon feeding is the traditional approach to introducing solids. It’s also known as ‘complementary feeding’ and is the most...
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How much food should my baby eat and how often?

Obviously you want your baby to eat nutritious food, but how much food should you prepare for your baby?  And, how frequently should they eat?  When planning an eating routine for your baby, keep these six tips in mind….. Try to create an eating routine: Babies thrive on routine. Try to plan what times of...
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Constipation in babies when starting solids: how to prevent it and manage it

There are a few times in one’s life where poo is a hot topic of conversation. However, amongst new parents, no detail of the frequency, colour and consistency of their baby’s bowel movements is spared. Paying attention to your baby’s nappies is an important part of parenting as their poo, as well as other behaviours,...
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Developmental milestones and nutrition for babies aged 18-24 months

Brain development Between 18-24 months the brain continues developing nerve connections and pathways, and there is a rapid development of the cerebral cortex which is responsible for the ability to regulate behaviour and emotions involved in self-awareness and self-consciousness [1]. The frontal and temporal lobes of the brain are developing, improving language, memory and hand-eye...
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Developmental milestones and nutrition for babies aged 12-18 months 

Brain development From 12 months of age baby’s memory improves due to the development of the cerebral cortex, and they may seek out a favourite toy specifically rather than simply recognizing it when it is in front of them. For example, baby may ask “where’s teddy?”. The improvement in memory may also see an increase...
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Developmental milestones and nutrition for babies aged 6-12 months

Brain development Brain development continues at a rapid rate and continues developing until about 3 years of age. Myelination that started during gestation continues, helping the brain develop the flexibility needed for electrical impulses involved in neurotransmission. Neurotransmitter synthesis is active during this time and is involved in the development of baby’s reward centre in...
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Developmental milestones and nutrition for babies aged 0-6 months

Brain development Brain development starts in utero, and while the cognitive, social and emotional parts of the brain will continue to development across the lifespan, a great deal of the brain’s ultimate structure and capacity is shaped early in life before 3 years of age [1]. From birth to 6 months of age, the brains...
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