The Tasting Plate: Introducing The One Handed Cooks Tasting Plate
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When it comes to feeding your child, one of the most important things you can do is to offer a wide variety of nutritious food to choose from. The problem is, that babies and toddlers are often more interested in exploring the world and making a mess than sitting down to a large meal. So, when every bite counts The Tasting Plate provides a practical and simple way to offer food, while ensuring a natural progression to family foods and forming good food habits for life.
Research has shown that food preferences are established early in life. So, developing positive food associations with your children right from the start is the best way to save hours of mealtime battles and stress. More importantly, encouraging your children to develop a happy and healthy relationship with food can make a huge difference to their mood, growth, development, lifestyle and future wellbeing.
Finger foods can be incorporated into your baby’s food routine as early as you wish – usually around 7 months of age. The tasting plate will progress with your baby until you have reached the stage where he is eating the same meals or at least a deconstructed version of the meals that you are eating.
Finger food safety
As with all finger foods, there are some risks with choking. Those risks can be avoided by taking simple precautions:
- Make sure your baby is sitting upright to eat
- Don’t give your baby whole nuts or hard inappropriate foods
- Cut small fruits in half and remove any pips
- Don’t let anyone except your baby put food into his mouth
- Never leave your baby alone with food
- Partake in a child’s first aid course so you feel more confident in the unlikely event choking does occur.
Pictured example toddler plates
Plate 1: Tomato risotto balls; Broccoli, carrot and zucchini shreddies; strawberries
Plate 2: Crumbed fish fingers, Sweet potato baked chips, peas, sliced pear
Plate 3: Lamb quinoa patties, ‘coleslaw’ style salad, melon Fruit skewerJoin us on Facebook for other foodie bits and pieces.