Haute Mama: Annabel Karmel

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I have an eight month old, and so in our house, Annabel Karmel is God. Our baby is fed on a diet of Annabel’s weaning recipes, as am I on occasion when we’ve run out of bread and parsnip puree actually really appeals… Here I’ve interviewed her on a couple of points that had been troubling me as a mother, and so might help you along the way too…


What are the perfect foods to help a teething baby?

Cold or smooth foods are often comforting to little ones going through teething, so a smooth puree or a homemade ice lolly using fruit juice or a fruit puree are great for soothing sore gums.

[PBG Tip: A number of my friends swear by Nelsons Teetha Teething Gel £4.95 for teethers, by the way.]


What are the perfect pre-bed proteins?

Proteins containing the amino acid Tryptophan are good foods to help send your little one off to sleep. Poultry – in particular turkey – is a good source of this.


Are there any foods best avoided before bed?

Rich foods, or foods high in sugar are not a good idea before bed as rich foods can take longer to digest, your body has to work to break down sugars, and sleeping is the best time for your baby’s body to rest and repair.


What are the best foods/drinks for a constipated baby?

Sources of fibre are a good natural aid to constipation, but be careful not to give too much. Including fruit in the diet with the skins is a good source of fibre. It’s also important to keep your baby well hydrated.



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