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Our Experts: Annabel Karmel

With a career spanning over 25 years, London born mother of three, Annabel Karmel, has pioneered the way families all over the world feed their babies and children. Credited with starting a food revolution with her trusty recipes and methods, she has become the UK’s No.1 children’s cookery author, best-selling international author, and the mother of all feeding experts with 45 cookbooks…and counting.

We’ve filled our site with hundreds of recipes for instant ideas and inspiration. Plus, Annabel’s award-winning baby & toddler feeding app is perfect for ideas and planning on the go.

With the sole mission of raising the standards of children’s diets, Annabel is a regular media commentator on food-related issues, and she regularly undertakes consultancy work for major nursery chains, leisure resorts, restaurants and hotels worldwide.

Annabel Karmel Baby, Toddler & Child Food Expert

Our Experts: Sarah Almond Bushell

Sarah, mum of two, is a leading child nutritionist and expert in the dietary needs of children. She is a published author and has conducted extensive research on nutrition for children with special dietary needs. She is qualified to Masters degree level with two degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics from Leeds Metropolitan University & University of Brighton. Sarah is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.*

Sarah helps many families with nutritional problems and educates children on all aspects of nutrition through her NHS role to optimise their health for happy, healthy futures. She is also a full-time mum to Charlie and Maisie and is a keen cook!

Sarah offers a nutrition consultancy service and can be contacted at childrensnutrition.co.uk or via her Facebook page: facebook.com/feedingbabies for private nutrition consultations.

*Dietitians are often referred to as the 'Gold Standard' when it comes to nutrition and food professionals. Anyone can call themselves a 'Nutritionist', 'Nutritional Therapist' or 'Diet Expert' but Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law. The Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)'s role is to protect the public and so they act as the UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct and keeps a register of professionals who meet the standards, so you can check via their website to see if your nutrition professional is truly a registered dietitian. www.hcpc-uk.org

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems. They work with both healthy and sick people, young and old. You can find out more about dietitians at www.bda.uk.com

Sarah Almond Bushell - Leading Child Nutritionist for Annabel Karmel


Best first foods for baby led weaning

It’s absolutely normal to feel a little anxious when first starting out with first foods for baby led weaning. That’s why Annabel Karmel has rounded up a simple guide to the best first foods – and those ingredients to avoid. Remember, don’t worry about how much or how little your baby eats at the beginning; … Continued

Portion size for babies: why there’s no easy answer

Getting the right portion size is a worry for a lot of parents. Simply Google the term and you will see forums filled with questions about how much to feed your child. How much we should feed babies is a very important question. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a simple answer. We can’t say that the … Continued

Foods to avoid when baby led weaning

Baby-led weaning provides a window of opportunity to introduce your baby to a variety of tastes and textures. But there are some foods to leave off the menu for babies under 12 months • Honey • Mould-ripened soft cheeses • Added salt and sugar • Paté • Whole cow’s milk (or goat’s / sheep’s milk) … Continued

Tips and ideas for getting started with baby led weaning

If you’re looking to incorporate baby-led weaning into your baby’s routine, Annabel Karmel shares her advice based on the most frequently asked questions:   What are the best baby-led weaning starter foods? Babies around six months tend to use their whole hand to pick things up. They need to be able to close their hand … Continued

Kayley’s baby led weaning story

Kayley, the mummy behind the ever popular Friendly First Foods blog tells us all about her experiences with baby led weaning her little one Harry.   Grand Plans When I was pregnant with Harry I had all these grand ideas of what kind of parent I would be and what our feeding journey would look … Continued