At CompaNanny, we also pay careful attention to the physical development of children, so we ensure that your child gets lots of fresh food such as fibre, fruit and vegetables. The moments when we eat are important moments of the day. On the baby group, it is an important one-on-one moment. We take the time and rest to give a baby the bottle or something to eat. With the toddlers, we always sing a song and turn mealtime into an experience. With the After-School Care children, it’s a moment of rest and recharging.
Below, we have listed what the children are given to eat at CompaNanny by age group.
Babies up to of four months are bottle-fed. They receive their bottle (with breast- or formula milk) on the Nanny’s lap, according to the rhythm of home. We take the time to let your baby drink calmly and rest in between. When your baby has had enough, we will let him or her burp and let them relax further on our lap or in a baby bouncer. If your baby is fed on breast milk, it can also be given at CompaNanny. You can leave your breast milk with us and we will keep it in the fridge or freezer. In addition, mothers are also welcome to come over and feed their babies themselves.
From four to six months, we start to offer your child (more) solid food. From this age your child will get a fruit or vegetable snack in addition to the bottle. Babies prefer sweet flavours because breast milk is also sweet. So we start with apples, pears, bananas and sweet vegetables such as pumpkin or carrot. In the beginning, a few bites are enough. Introducing new flavours is always done in consultation with parents/guardians.
From six months, fruit and vegetables become part of the daily menu. Children of this age are no longer just getting used to solid foods; they need the nutrients for their development. Your child will discover more flavours and will receive, for example, a mashed meal consisting two types of vegetables with, on occasion, rice or potatoes. From now on, herbs are also sometimes added to the vegetable snack.
At the age of nine months, the children are introduced to a full meal. They get a freshly prepared, warm organic lunch that is lightly mashed. This lunch consists mainly of vegetables and is supplemented with grains, pulses and herbs. From this moment on, your child sometimes also eats meat, chicken or fish. You can see an example of a weekly menu here. And if your child is ready, we will begin to wean them off the bottle around this age.
Toddlers are given large pieces of fruit in the morning and from now on they also eat strawberries, kiwi or pineapple. The warm lunch is a complete meal and is different every day. As a snack, we offer the children a selection of crackers, yoghurt and raw vegetables such as cucumber, tomato and avocado. Your child can choose what they like. We put healthy toppings such as dairy spread, chicken slices or appelstroop (apple syrup) on the (spelt / corn / plain) crackers.
At CompaNanny we always pay attention to the safety of children. That is why our Nannies can easily recognise allergic reactions. We can provide adapted dishes or special formula for children with allergies. We can also meet the needs for a specific diet. For instance, we have special Nutrilon for the youngest ones who might suffer from, for example, colic. We offer the older children Alpro or goat’s milk yoghurt if they are allergic to cow’s milk or are lactose intolerant. Moekes Maaltijd’s warm lunches are also available in vegetarian and gluten-free options.