Fruit & vegetables are a staple during the first stages of weaning, but many parents don’t know how much they should feed their baby, once weaning is established.
Why do we need 5-a-day?
- Fruit & vegetables are part of a balanced diet and keep us healthy
- Fruit & vegetables are a good source of vitamin and minerals, including potassium, vitamin C and folate.
- Fruit & vegetables are a good source of dietary fibre, which helps maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation.
- A diet including plenty of fruit & vegetables helps reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
- They taste great and there is a wide variety to choose from
The type of food offered in infancy can predict foods that will still be in their diet when they are older, so including 5 different portions of fruit & vegetables in your baby’s daily diet will help them to learn to love a wide variety.
What is one portion for a baby?
5-a-day advice for adults is based upon the World Health Organisation guidance which recommends eating at least 400g of fruit & vegetables a day.
This makes the recommended size for one portion of fruit or veg for an adult approximately 80g. As there are not yet any formal recommendations for baby or toddler portion sizes our nutritionist suggests using the following as a guide:
- At stage 1 (around 6 months) one portion is equal to 30g
- At stage 2 (from 7 months) one portion is equal to 35g
- At stage 3 (from 10 months) one portion is equal to 40g
The toddler portion sizes are based on guidelines issued by the Caroline Walker Trust and the younger portion sizes have been scaled down from these.
One portion of fruit juice is 60ml for stage 1, 70ml for stage 2 and 75ml for stage 3. Juice can only count as one portion per day, no matter how much is drunk.
5-a-day must come from a variety of different fruits and vegetables. Eating 3 apples does not equal 3 portions, as each type of fruit or vegetable contains different nutrients.
Helping your baby eat their 5-a-day with HiPP Organic products
For a quick and easy meal, dessert or snack, most HiPP Organic jars and fruit pots contain 1 portion of fruit or veg. Our fruit pouches also contain up to 2 of a baby’s 5-a-day fruit portions.
Each fruit or vegetable-containing HiPP Organic product now tells you how many portions it contains, making it easier for you to give your little one the very best. You’ll find this on the back of pack in the heart bullet points. Take a look at our foods pages
to find out more.
A variety of fruits and vegetables need to be offered every day. Foods with the same colour contain similar nutrients so by eating a rainbow of colours it will ensure that your little one gets all the important nutrients they need.
For more tips on 5-a-day take a look at the NHS choices website.