How can I tell if my baby is gaining enough weight?
Understandably, new mums worry about their baby's weight gain. Soon after birth your baby's weight will be plotted on a weight and length chart, often called a 'centile' chart. These charts show a series of lines (centiles), and providing your child's weight follows one of these lines it means he is growing at a normal rate. Length is also plotted in the same way. If your child is on or below the bottom line, or falling significantly below her previous centile measurement you should discuss this with your paediatrician or the health professional responsible for plotting your child's weight and length.
Should I make food at home, or buy ready-made food?
Everyone uses ready-made food from time to time. It can be very convenient. However, there is no need to buy prepared food all the time. Purées and other baby foods are easy to make at home with a few simple kitchen tools, including your Braun Multiquick hand blender. You can make them from quality ingredients and freeze large batches that are enough for several meals. When you make your own food, you know what has gone into it and you can be sure there are no unnecessary additions such as preservatives or other additives that tiny tummies simply do not need.
Do I need special equipment for making purées?
With your Braun Multiquick hand blender, you can make all the purées you need to make for your child. It is important – especially in the very early stages of weaning – that solid foods are completely smooth as, at this stage your baby doesn't have the feeding skills to cope with even small lumps in their food. Giving lumpy food at this stage could lead to choking.
As your baby develops the feeding skills she needs to cope with more textured foods, you can use your Braun Multiquick to produce thicker purées and lumpier mashes. For storing purées in the freezer, an ice cube tray with a lid (or specialist baby food storage containers) are very useful.