If your baby was born at the end of last summer, they may be approaching the age when you are thinking about weaning.
It can be a confusing time and it is important to give your baby a good experience as they try new tastes and textures. Doidy Cup is introducing two new healthy and warming soup recipes (available at www.doidycup.com) which are perfect to introduce in the early stages and will provide a weaning infant with a nutritious and pleasurable start.
Claire Burgess, Head of Research, Consultancy and Training at Norland College comments “In line with the NHS, we recommend using an open cup from around 6 months of age for drinks. This can help your baby learn to drink naturally and aids the transition from bottle to cup. The use of a bottle can be discontinued as soon as possible and by 1 year old, your child will love learning to feed themselves.”
So, the big question is what to put in your open weaning cup to make your baby’s weaning experience a pleasure as well as healthy? The makers of the famous slanted Doidy Cup have collaborated with Charlotte Stirling-Reed, a Registered Nutrition Consultant specialising in maternal, infant and childhood nutrition. Together with Doidy Cup, Charlotte has created two delicious warming soups packed with vitamins and minerals and by adding milk or yoghurt they offer calcium – which is so important for the development of healthy teeth and bones.
Doidy Cup’s healthy soup recipes include:
Doidy Cup Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup
- 25g unsalted butter or vegetable oil
- I small onion chopped finely
- Optional – ½ teaspoon of mild curry powder to your taste
- 1 medium sweet potato peeled and chopped into small pieces
- 3 carrots peeled and sliced
- 250ml of boiled water or ½ low salt stock cube made up as per pack instructions with 250ml of water – further water or milk may be added to ‘thin’ the soup to your required consistency
- Add a dash of milk or a dollop of natural yoghurt to thin the soup or to serve
- Melt the butter or heat the oil in a pan
- Add chopped onion and cook till softened (add mild curry powder if using)
- Add chopped sweet potato, carrots and stock / boiled water and cook for 10-15 minutes until vegetables have softened
- Leave to cool slightly, then blend till smooth and add any further water or milk to desired consistency
- Serve warm in a Doidy Cup with a dash of milk or a dollop of natural yoghurt stirred in to help cool and thicken
Doidy Cup Spinach & Potato Soup
- 1 oz low salt butter or vegetable oil
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 medium potato peeled and chopped into small chunks
- 2oz of fresh spinach leaves
- ½ low salt stock cube made up with 250ml boiled water – alternatively if you prefer, use boiled water and no stock cube
- A dash of milk or a dollop of natural yoghurt to thin the soup or to serve
- Alternatively, stir in crème fraiche and a sprinkle of nutmeg just before serving
- Melt the butter or heat the oil in a pan and add the chopped onions and potatoes. Cook gently for a couple of minutes
- Add the stock or water and boil for 10 minutes or until potatoes have softened
- Wash the spinach leaves and remove tough stalks. Then add to potatoes and stir until wilted
- Leave to cool then blitz with a blender till smooth and add any further water or milk to desired consistency
- Add a dollop of crème fraiche and sprinkle of nutmeg if you wish and serve warmed in a Doidy Cup
The Doidy Cup, with its small handles, has been scientifically designed with a unique slant that allows a young child to see the level of the liquid in the cup as they tilt to drink. The Doidy Cup, which has been endorsed by Health Professionals including Doctors, Dentists, Midwives and Health Visitors for almost 70 years, helps to teach an infant to drink from the rim of an open cup rather than from a spout or teated bottle, which carries many benefits.
Indeed, health professionals promote the use of the Doidy Cup to help prevent premature tooth decay, poor feeding techniques and delayed speech development. This unique weaning cup encourages good oral movements and helps to develop chewing skills through encouraging use of the jaw, tongue and mouth muscles.
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