Our Weaning Experts

 

We’re delighted that weaning week is supported by so many experts. Covering everything from health and nutrition to recipes and fun, our experts come together at this special time each year to help parents through baby weaning and beyond. Find out more about our experts below and don’t forget that you can join them in our online weaning workshops here. You can sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date via email.

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Adam Shaw

Adam is a Leiths-trained chef, dad of two and founder of At Dad’s Table. Disheartened at the lack of positive food advice for pregnant women, Adam started to create his own trimester-specific, healthy and delicious meals for his wife when she was pregnant with their first child. Since then his recipes now also cover weaning and family food and all focus on how food should be a great pleasure and unifier rather than something to feel bad about. Adam is a regular speaker at industry events, has appeared across many media platforms and regularly works with leading brands. Find him on Instagram: @at_dads_table

Adam Shaw
Charli Farrer

Charli Farrar

Charli is an Associate Nutritionist (Anutr), living in Yorkshire. She completed a degree in Public Health Nutrition (BSc) back in 2013 and originally started working in Adult Nutrition. However, since the birth of her two little girls (aged 3 and 1), she became more and more interested in children’s nutrition and started specialising in this field.

Charli has been gaining experience in this area working as an intern for the brilliant Sarah at The Children’s Nutritionist for the last 10 months.

She’s really passionate about a concept called the first 1000 days of life, which looks at children’s development right from conception up until they are two years old.

Follow @lifenutrition.health on Instagram

Emma Hammett

As a qualified nurse, mother and first aid trainer with over 30 years health and teaching experience; Emma Hammett truly appreciates the vital importance of first aid.

Emma established First Aid for Life in 2007 and it has grown steadily to become a multi award-winning practical and online first aid training business equipping thousands of carers, parents, teenagers, sports/health professionals and members of the public with the skills and confidence to help in a medical emergency.

Emma is an acknowledged expert on first aid and accident prevention and frequently appears in the press in print and online publications and as a spokesperson on TV and Radio. You will see Emma’s regular expert columns in various publications including The Mail, Baby London, Primary School Management, The Guardian, Evening Standard, The British Journal of School Nursing, Early Years Childcare, Huffington Post, British Dental Journal and the Hippocratic Post.

Emma is the founder of the Award-winning First Aid training providers, www.FirstAidforLife.org.uk and Onlinefirstaid.com

Emma Hammet
Lucy Bates

Lucy Bates

Lucy is the Clinical Director and Lead Feeding Therapist of The Feeding Trust, a not for profit organisation working with children and families with significant feeding difficulties. She qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2005 with a BSC Honours degree. Lucy has 14 years of experience specialising in Paediatrics and Neurology and has worked across a variety of NHS and independent settings. Lucy has a wealth of experience working with children and young people with complex medical and neurological difficulties and conditions such as Autism and Dyspraxia. For the past six years she has worked as part of an independent trans-disciplinary feeding team. She has a passion for working with children and young people with feeding difficulties and has completed the SOS training programme. Lucy has also completed post graduate training in sensory processing and has significant clinical experience of how sensory difficulties affect feeding.

Instagram- @thefeedingtrust

Lucy Thomas

Lucy is a feeding consultant and fussy eating specialist with over 20 years of experience working with children and families.

Founder and Author of Mange Tout Kids, and Mum to two girls who both have a variety of allergies and their own selective eating habits – clearly being a feeding consultant doesn’t make me immune to the perils of picky eating!

Lucy has been working with Organix for over ten years, supporting various campaigns and creating fun activities to support parents in helping their children to explore and enjoy good food. Lucy is supporting weaning week as a brand ambassador for Organix.

Lucy has appeared on BBC and Channel 4 documentaries and featured in many parenting magazines and newspaper articles on the subject of fussy eating. Lucy has worked in feeding clinics and supported children with a variety of feeding challenges ranging from dysphagia and hypogeusia to spectrum disorders, food neophobia and ARFID.

Lucy would like to impart her knowledge to help you and your children have fun and enjoy good food.

Lucy Thomas
Lucy Upton

Lucy Upton

Lucy is an experienced Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist, who is passionate about helping children and their families achieve happiness and health with food and nutrition, no matter what challenges may stand in the way. Her knowledge of front-line dietetics and nutrition helps to bring honest and pragmatic advice when supporting families and those interested in child nutrition. Her breadth of experience working in both the NHS and private sector, as well as being an advisor in early years public health and a practitioner for a feeding clinic, means that she has unique offering for children and families.

Lucy’s current NHS role is based within a busy Children’s Hospital, where she enjoys spending much of her time supporting children with food allergies, feeding difficulties, growth concerns or those requiring medical nutrition support.  Outside of the NHS you’ll find her working as a feeding therapist alongside an integrated team at specialist feeding clinic The Feeding Trust or supporting essential work within the early years nutrition arena in her role at The Infant & Toddler Forum.   Lucy is also a media Spokesperson for The British Dietetic Association and will often pop up on the radio, in written press or the BBC Breakfast sofa.  If she has any free time left, you’ll find her in the kitchen baking!

Instagram handle: @childrensdietitian

 

Nicola Ragon-Paxton

Nicola, a Registered Nutritionist, runs Happy Tums alongside partner Theresa. It was whilst weaning their own children that Nicola and Theresa  realised just how much out-dated and conflicting advice is directed at parents during this time. Together, they condensed everything they knew (both theory and practice!) into a 2 hour workshop and so ‘Happy Tums’ was born.  Since then they have gone on to provide support to parents on all aspects of feeding their children including managing allergies and fussy eating. Their continued and extensive learning in this area mean they are experts in their field and have helped thousands of families (including one or two famous faces) to start their adventures in weaning!

@happytumsuk for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Nicola Ragon-Paxton
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Rebecca Wilson – What Mummy Makes

Rebecca is a mum and a trained peer-to-peer breastfeeding volunteer supporter. With a background in design, Rebecca worked in product-buying before taking some time out to focus on being a mum and spending time with her daughter Nina. Wanting to combine her passion for cooking and craving a creative outlet, Rebecca started her Instagram page (@WhatMummyMakes) in August 2018, sharing her easy, quick, fresh family meal ideas, suitable for babies reaching the weaning milestone. Rebecca now has over 200k Instagram followers, and wants to show parents and carers that weaning can be fun, exciting, easy and most importantly… delicious! Rebecca recently debuted at number 7 in the prestigious Mother & Baby ‘Mum List 2020’, the reader-voted list of 20 top UK mumfluencers.

Rebecca is releasing her highly anticipated cookbook on 23rd July.  She wants to show that weaning can be simple, stress-free and even exciting! With What Mummy Makes, wean your baby and feed your family at the same time, with over 130 quick, simple, fresh and nutritionally balanced recipes. So forget ‘baby food’ and make light work of weaning with What Mummy Makes!

Instagram:  @whatmummymakes

You can pre-order Rebecca’s new book on Amazon

Sarah Almond Bushell MPhil, BSc (Hons) RD, MBDA

Sarah is a NHS Consultant Registered Dietitian & Children’s Nutritionist with over 20 years of experience. She offers advice on weaning babies, managing toddler fussy eating and help parents improve their children’s diets whether they have food allergies, constipation, weight issues, or just want to be healthier. She also teaches ‘food parenting’ which is how you are around food to ensure your children grow up to have a positive relationship with food. She has a Masters degree, a Post Graduate Diploma and an Undergraduate Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics and is also an SOS trained feeding therapist which means she can put both ‘what you eat’ and ‘how you feed’ your children together in her advice. You might have seen her in Mother & Baby or The Guardian or Made for Mums. She’s an expert consultant for businesses like Annabel Karmel, Tommee Tippee and Hovis and  also helps nurseries with menu planning and nutrition.

She also has two little people of her own.

Her website is www.childrensnutrition.co.uk
Her instagram is www.instagram.com/thechildrensnutritionist
Her Facebook is www.facebook.com/groups/thechildrensnutritionistscommunity

Sarah Almond Bushell
Siobhan Berry

Siobhan Berry

Siobhan Berry founded Mummy Cooks in 2012 as the first baby weaning cookery school in Ireland. It was her mission to empower and educate mums about weaning with healthy, homemade food so their little ones would grow into happy, healthy adventurous eaters. It has since grown into an award-winning international online business offering advice, recipes and award-winning family feeding and weaning products. 

Siobhan’s first Mummy Cooks recipe book – Baby & Family, published in 2018 is now heralded as the weaning bible for Irish families. Building on her years of experience with baby and family feeding, Siobhan launched her on-line weaning Academy where parents can learn to wean their baby from the comfort of their own home. 

Siobhan currently lives in Dublin with her husband, Dave, and her two daughters, Ashleigh and Jessica.

Website: www.mummycooks.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/mummycooks

Twitter: @mummycooks

Instagram: @mummycooks