We are Moving!

Thank you to all our followers of this page! Just to let you know we are moving our blog to our website. 

Please check out http://www.dribbledelights.co.uk from now on to read our nutrition, allergy and news blogs! 

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Baby Food and Nutrition – The Latest

When you have a child with allergies or intolerances, ensuring they get the right nutrients can be a struggle, especially when so many different foods are off limits. As parents, we need to seek out alternatives to ensure our little ones grow up healthy!

At Dribble Delights nutrition is key as we develop our products. We work alongside our nutritionist and University partners to ensure that all of our food contains the vitamins and minerals your little one needs for growth and development. We are also looking into incorporating some exciting ingredients…watch this space!

Check out the following articles which show how Glasgow University researchers found that leading commercial baby foods are lacking in nutrients in comparison to homemade food. It was also found that the products are high in sugar which could lead to children making unhealthy choices later in life:



Our nutritionist Kimberley says:


‘All areas of nutrition are of interest to me but my number one passion is those first foods that are given to babies. I knew before coming to Dribble Delights and starting my studies that this was the area I wanted to research and improve. I received wonderful guidance in my baby food research from my supervisors’. My supervisors’ study on commercial baby food was recently published and has received a lot of interest. I discuss here the importance of this study and their findings. Remember to #AskKimmy on our Thursday twitter chat.

The foods given to babies have found to not only be important for the growth and health of the infant at the current time but there is evidence that the first foods have an effect on future adult health.

Current guidelines from the Department of Health are that infants should be introduced solids at six months however only 14% of infants in Scotland are introduced to baby foods after six months (Growing up in Scotland, 2013).

It is also recommended that infants are given homemade baby foods. However, commercial baby foods are on the rise in the UK with a 46.5 increase of commercial baby foods between 2005 and 2010! Also 56% of infants aged between 4-6 months have been given commercial baby foods in the UK (2010 Infant Feeding Survey). With the high prevalence of these foods in the UK it is essential that we are aware of what is in these foods!

It is also important to introduce bitter foods and a variety of tastes and textures to decrease the incidence of fussy eating and improve neurodevelopemental function. However a study from the University of Glasgow found that a large component of the baby food market is made up of soft, spoonable, sweet foods that are labelled suitable from four months.

Many parents state a reason for introducing solids early is the perception that the baby is hungry. However, this study found that there is little difference in the energy content in breast milk, formula milk and commercial baby food. Therefore, the child would receive no additional energy from being given solids early. It was also found that many commercial baby foods contained high levels of sugar.

Also it was concluded that approximately half as much energy and protein from commercial baby foods when compared to the equivalent size of homemade baby foods. Obviously this varies on the types of food given to child.

This study gives wonderful, much needed information on the baby food market!’

If you’d like to chat to her please join us on Thursday morning at 11am for a Twitter chat @DribbleDelights. Use the hashtag #AskKimmy and she will get back to you!

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Join us for some nutrition chat on Twitter!

At Dribble Delights we want to connect and chat to all of the parents out there. From now on every Thursday between 11am and 12pm we will be hosting a Twitter chat where you can ask our fabulous nutritionist Kimberley McLean anything to do with nutrition! For our first week we will be concentrating on allergies and giving you alternatives and recipe ideas.

To chat to us follow @DribbleDelights and use the hashtag #AskKimmy. 

But in the meantime let’s here from the lady herself…


‘Hi I’m Kimberley McLean and have completed a Masters in Human Nutrition with specialisation in Public Health Nutrition. I’m passionate about infant and childhood nutrition but have studied and enjoyed all areas of nutrition. Please feel free to send me your queries during our Twitter chat and I will do my best to respond to them as fully as I can. However it is always important to seek medical advice from a physician if you are concerned about the health of your child. I look forward to hearing from you all!’


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Nutritional Insights – Folate/Folic Acid

This week at DD HQ nutritionist Kimberley has been teaching us about folic acid and its importance!


Folate occurs naturally whilst folic acid is synthetic. Interestingly, the body finds it easier to absorb folic acid. Folate is very important for cell production.

To up your intake eat chickpeas, eggs, beans, asparagus, kale, broccoli and pulses. Try humous and crudités for a snack for example!

Folic acid is very important as it can prevent NTDs in newborn children. NTDs are common birth defects which affect the spinal cord, spina bifida for example.

In America they fortify flour with folic acid and this has decreased NTDs by 19%. In the UK it could reduce NTDs by 41% but there’s concern that it could mask Vitamin B12. (COMA, 2000) B12 is very important for the health of the nervous system.

Pregnant women should take folic acid when trying for a baby and for the first 12 weeks.  A study found this decreased the risk by 72%.

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Nutritional Insights – Calcium

Everyday is a school day at Dribble Delights HQ and this week nutritionist Kimberley has been teaching us about calcium, its function and how we can make sure our little ones are getting enough. 

What is the function of calcium?

It gives us healthy teeth and bones – for some of us our bone mass reaches its peak at 30 but for 75% the peak is reached at 18. This means calcium is incredibly important from a young age as once bones are damaged it is often irreversible. 

Aside from this calcium is also useful for the nervous system, muscle function and contraction, blood clotting and cell signalling, In addition to this it helps enzymes and proteins to work effectively. 

How can I get some?

As many of you will know, calcium is found mainly in milk and dairy products where 43% of the average human’s intake comes from. If your little one is dairy intolerant then try to incorporate the following into their diet: broccoli, parsley, pulses, eggs, small fish and fortified bread.

It’s also important for any parent to highlight the importance of calcium to their child whether they are dairy intolerant or not as studies have shown adolescents, particularly females, do not achieve their recommended daily amount.

Dribble Delights’ food will be created with fortified dairy free products to increase calcium. 




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Katie Dixon – Free From Friends

Dribble Delights would like to share with you a fantastic blog from Katie Dixon who set up the Free From Friends Facebook group so that parents of children with allergies/intolerances could connect and share tips, advice and stories. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Katie!


My son has been intolerant to dairy since he was a few weeks old, I really struggled with him. He would be up all night screaming, was sick after every bottle, constant dhiarroeah , terrible exczema and he even smelt of acid.
I already had a daughter who was only 16 month old so I found the whole situation exhausting.
It affected all of our relationship with him as he was hard to connect with , I couldn’t understand why he was always so unhappy all the time. Other people just saw him as a fussy baby but his father and I knew different. 

At 8 month old I managed to get him diagnosed as dairy intolerant and referred to a dietitian. I took him off dairy immediately and within 72 hours his symptoms had completely cleared, including the exczema. He smelt like a baby  . We started to connect with him and he developed his character as a cheeky chappy !!! He is due to meet the allergy specialist in May finally and we finally have a better understanding of his needs.

There have been other hurdles that we have encountered such as a lack of general awareness when eating out and just poor attitudes towards this awkward customer wanting to know all of the ingredients. And also a lack of support. This is where the idea came from for ‘free from’ friends.

The group was created in January , with just myself running it. It was my vision to create a friendly group where people can come for support, to swap ideas, recommend allergy friendly places to eat out, and just have a rant and a moan if needed. Unfortunately having two small children, volunteering at a mental health charity, studying at college, planning my wedding in june, planning a new mother and toddler group, and fundraising for the oliver field appeal I didn’t have a lot of spare time to initially grow the group. 

I then recruited Lindsay Miller,Dayna Harrison, Vicki Armstrong and Faye Ratcliffe. They were already members of the group and either themselves or their children have allergies. They have all worked in childcare, some past some present, and they felt as passionately as me. We had our first ‘admin meeting’ a few months ago where we planned where we wish to take the group and how it will run etc…We are due to meet again soon.

This is where we are at at the moment with the group but we really hope we can get it out there to all the people who will benefit from it. Food allergy and intolerance can feel very scary and very isolating, and really it’s hard to understand until you have experienced it. We hope to reach the people who need us and offer them the support we never had in our journeys.



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Nutritional Insights – Potato, Carrot and Broadbean


Did you know that a wide variety of foods also make the child to be more accepting of new foods?

Babies have a natural preference for sweet foods and dislike for bitter foods (such as vegetables). It is important to give the baby bitter foods early to develop a preference for these foods later in life. An effect of way is doing this is by giving the bitter foods with a sweet taste (for example fruit or sweeter vegetables such as carrots, peas etc.) along with the bitter foods.

A study has shown that carrots are the most liked vegetable by babies in the weaning process (Maier et al, 2007) – but remember to keep introducing foods your baby does not like too. The carrots have a sweet taste to them and is an effective way of making the foods more palatable and makes this dish a winner for introducing vegetables. Carrots are also bursting with many vitamins and minerals. Such as Vitamin A which is important for the immune system, cognitive ability, sight and many more.

Potato is a fantastic base, it creates a delicious creaminess and is full of B vitamins which is important for growth. Broad beans also contain a lot of nutrients such as folate which is important for cell production. Broad beans also contain oligosaccharides (a prebiotic) – a type of sugar that is important for gut health and almost acts as the food for your gut’s good bacteria. The weaning process is a crucial time as the gut bacteria develops depending on the diet. There is also evidence to suggest that prebiotics in the weaning process determine gut bacteria and colonic health later in life.

If you would like to learn how to make the delicious potato, carrot and broadbean recipe please click here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/cheryl-ryder-and-charlotte-stirling-reed/allergy-friendly-baby-food/ebook/product-20987319.html



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