What do vegan babies eat

Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at 9:50 PM by J&Amy Vegan Mums & Babies

Seegs enjoying wagon wheel

Our baby, Seeger, is now almost 11 months old. As vegans, we were in no doubt when Amy was pregnant that we wanted our baby to be vegan too. But…how?

Amy decided to breastfeed very early on if we could and we were very lucky, almost as soon as Seeger was born that was what he wanted. As he got older we started to explore alternatives to breast milk and also looked ahead to weaning.

Formula milk proved a problem as unfortunately in the UK there no longer is vegan soya formula available but they are two non dairy soy formulas, Cow and Gate Infasoy and SMA Wysoy. Both contain vitamin D3 and so are not 100% vegan. Hopefully in the future this will change.

Finger foods and weaning however were much easier! He started on baby rice as many babies do anyway, mixed with breastmilk. As he got a little older and a little more able to eat solids, we introduced more foods to his diet. Many of the big name baby foods in the supermarket such as Cow and Gate, HiPP etc do foods marked as suitable from four months and though the choice is limited, they do have vegan options. Carefully check the ingredients and look for allergens, you’ll be surprised what’s suitable.

His favourite foods though are home foods. Many of the meals we cook can easily be altered to make them suitable for a baby’s diet and freezing them in small pots means we have a ready supply of good, home cooked vegan food for him.

As he has gotten older we have introduced soya milk to his diet and other things such as soya yoghurt. One of his favourite treats is yogurt with banana! Most soya products are perfectly fine from 6 months providing they are fortified with calcium, but not as a main source of milk. However, Alpro make a special junior milk for children that is suitable as a main milk from 1 year and up.

He recently started nursery and one of our concerns was food. Nursery provide babies with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. How would he fit in? Very early on we had a chat with the nursery and they have been very supportive. Kids there eat spaghetti bolognese, beef dinners, chicken meals and so Seeger does not feel left out, the nursery has stocked up on Redwoods/Vbites meat alternatives. Whatever they cook for meals, they make separately for Seeger with vegan alternatives so that he has the same.

So…what do vegan babies eat? The answer is pretty simple! They eat what other babies eat, but vegan! 🙂

The Vegan Society have a fab page here  with more info – and Alpro also have a really good information section too.

 

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