Babies are born with a very weak immune system which is strengthened by breast feeding, this is the best way to feed your baby, preferably to age six months.

If this is not possible in certain circumstances then formula milk is introduced. However, most formula milk contains whey protein which comes from cows milk. The protein from cows milk can potentially cause an allergic reaction in babies and ought to be avoided in the first 12 months of life.

Symptoms of allergy in your baby can include symptoms such as eczema, asthma, recurring ear infections, cough, nasal congestion, colic and continuous crying.

The best alternative for very young babies is Nanny goats milk powder formula or fresh goats milk diluted to start with and going on to normal strength.

While breast feeding avoid eggs, fish, nuts and milk and avoid exposure to very dusty environments, cats, cigarette smoke and be very cautious about the introduction of foods. Childhood allergies are often related to cows milk, soya, peanuts, egg white, fish, wheat, oats, barley, rye and oranges.

Make sleep a priority

Try to establish a sleep routine as early as possible including regular nap times.

Babies need a lot of sleep – and after feeding is a great time to put them down for a nap.

Taking the time to create a peaceful atmosphere for your baby will make it so much easier for them to fall and stay asleep.

For top tips on making a sleep-friendly environment for your baby – follow this link.

What to feed your baby?

The safest foods for the first 12 months of life are goats milk, and after six months introduce:

  • Pureed vegetables (except potatoes, tomatoes, red and green pepper and aubergine )
  • Pureed fruits (except oranges)
  • Ground seeds
  • Pulses and beans mashed (except soya )
  • Hard boiled egg yolk
  • Meat and poultry, very small portions, mashed (no pork, bacon, sausage or any pork product or any cured meats)

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