Baby Food - Safe and Nutritious Halal, Vegan and Vegetarian Choices
Balanced nutrition is essential for the growth and development of children. At Retail Journey, we offer baby food of the highest quality to help youngsters be healthy and happy. Our Halal, vegan and vegetarian products are made to match the unique lifestyle of every family. They come from top brands who have impeccable reputation for making baby food in line with the most rigorous standards. As part of our commitment to help parents make the best choice, we have put together a short guide to baby food and the options available at our online store.
Differences between Halal, Vegan and Vegetarian Baby Food
Halal baby food contains ingredients from both plant and animal sources. These include vegetables, rice, legumes, fruit and Halal meat. Halal meat ranges from beef and lamb to chicken and fish, which is a natural source of Omega 3 fatty acids. It excludes pork completely. The animals which the meat comes from are slaughtered following the rules of Islamic Law. You can expect a great variety of Halal baby food products, which provide practically all the nutrients which children need, healthy carbohydrates, protein and fat, plus essential vitamins A, B and C and minerals like iron and magnesium.
Vegan baby food is made with the use of plant-based ingredients only. It has no dairy ingredients and no egg ingredients. The sources of protein range from tofu to different types of legumes including beans, lentils and peas. Cow milk, which is generally suitable for babies older than 12 months, can be substituted with soy and almond milk. If you plan to give your baby solely vegan food, it is best to speak with your paediatrician first.
Vegetarian baby food can contain all ingredients coming from animals other than meat. The list includes dairy and eggs, most notably. When kids, who follow a vegetarian diet grow older, they can also eat honey. All vegan baby food products are suitable for vegetarian youngsters too. The Halal products which do not contain meat are fine choices as well.
With such a great variety of products, how do you make the right choice, given your lifestyle? The following information and advice will help you with this.
Choosing Baby Food Made Easy
The good news is that there are two main factors for choosing baby food aside from your family’s lifestyle. These are the age of your baby and any specific needs which he or she may have.
Age as a Guiding Factor
All baby food manufacturers divide their products into categories based on age. This is because babies have specific needs at each stage of their development. At the same time, the stages span over just a couple of months. Here is a general overview of each period and what food your baby can consume at this time.
Products suitable from 4+ months - In most cases, babies can be introduced to solid food when are 4 months old. There are various signs which show whether a youngster is ready for this step - holding his/her head up, sitting comfortably in a highchair, making chewing motions and moving his/her tongue back and forth. The foods for babies between 4 and 6 months typically include only pureed fruit and vegetables.
Foods suitable from 6+ months - 6-month-old babies can be introduced to a wider variety of vegetables including potatoes and to legumes and meat, which should be in small amounts.
Baby food suitable from 7+ months - The age of 7 months is a great time for introducing finger foods as kids are eager to put everything into their mouth. Some of the most popular options include cereal puff and specially made wafers.
Food products suitable from 9+ months - At this age babies can be introduced to foods which have slightly bigger chunks. The teething crisps are healthy, delicious and help youngsters get relief.
Products suitable from 10+ months - Most paediatricians agree that healthy babies with no family history of allergies can eat eggs, nuts and fish at this age and even earlier. If you have any concerns, you should turn to your child’s physician.
Foods suitable from 12+ months - When children turn 1, they can eat most foods including ones such as cow milk and honey which are not recommended for smaller babies.
Allergies and Intolerances
At Retail Journey, we’ve made it quick and simple for parents to select baby food which is free from ingredients that cause allergies and food intolerances. You can pick from products with no wheat ingredients and no gluten ingredients which are suitable for kids who have been diagnosed with coeliac disease. There are also food choices with no nut, soya and/or lactose ingredients.
Superb Quality and Complete Purity Guaranteed
The baby food products which you can find at our online store come only from leading brands. These include:
Hipp Organic - This German manufacturer of baby food has nearly 100 years of history and is known for using only organic ingredients.
Kiddylicious - This award-winning British company was the first to offer frozen baby food in the UK. They make products for children from 4 to 12 months of age.
Ella’s Kitchen – This company makes 100% organic food for babies and older children. They have products for children following special diets including gluten-free and lactose-free ones.
For Aisha - This Halal baby food manufacturer uses exotic recipes from different parts of the world to create delicious and nutritious meals for youngsters.
It’s time to shop Halal, vegan and vegetarian baby food at Retail Journey. Enjoy a great experience and make the best choice for your precious little one.
While we provide this information based on our research and personal experience with having a little prince in our family, we would like you to consult your paediatrician if in doubt about anything related to your baby’s nutrition or dietary requirements.
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