Taking our food education workshop with a group of first time parents, I am frequently reminded why the area of child nutrition and sharing advice and experience is so crucial. Feeding your child is caught up in so many different cultural and emotional aspects, making it a fascinating and emotional subject that leaves so many of us confused and frustrated. Just recently one mum very bravely shared her experiences of being terrified about the prospect of feeding her child. With her own relationship with food tied up with emotions since her teenage years, and having never shaken off habits and dislikes for particular foods, she had a very real fear that she would pass this on to her own child. She no family or close friends with babies of the same age, and her circle of parent friends were dolling out a variety of mixed opinions that just heightened these concerns. This is not the first time I have heard a story similar to this and I know it won’t be the last.

It is so important for parents to have access to a source of reliable, accurate and non-judgemental information on feeding their babies and children. The Baby’s Taste Journey workshops have been designed to engage parents to talk through their own personal experiences of introducing solids, and what concerns this has raised. The idea is to increase their confidence by talking through decisions and providing the facts. The more workshops we listen to and deliver, the more we realise how different we each are in our relationships and interactions with food, but how often we share many of the same apprehensions. Talking through these, and directing people to the information they need is a good start , and is wonderful to see parents connect with the information we give them and come away excited to try new foods and not be so worried about the process of doing so.

Mum, North London “I feel so much more confident about feeding my baby. I am much more prepared to deal with all the different opinions that people feel they can dish out to me about how to feed my child. Sharing the stories with the other parents was invaluable.”