Starting Solids, Healthy Start

Starting solids session now online

A new online Starting Solids session is now available. The video is for parents of babies 3-6 months who have not yet started solids. It lasts just under half an hour and follows the same format as the group Starting Solids sessions covering when, what and how to start baby on solid foods. Available on the Starting Solids page.

Healthy Start Scheme

There is no longer a requirement for a health professional’s signature as on Healthy Start Applications

This legislation was passed in preparation for the new digital application form. The digital form is not yet ready so parents still need to complete the paper applications but do not need a health professional to check or sign it.

The digitalisation of the Healthy Start scheme is due to launch in October 2020 and will have many added benefits including an online application form, a prepaid card that can be accepted at any retailer that accepts card and no requirement to reapply for the scheme after the birth of baby. There is a recorded webinar available for more information at www.sustainweb.org/foodpower/action/healthy_start/

It is likely that during Covid 19 the eligibility for Healthy Start will increase and the uptake drop so please remember to promote the scheme to all eligible families. There are currently over 900 families in Luton missing out on the scheme. More information on https://www.flyingstartluton.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Healthy-Start-Scheme-and-Covid-19.pdf

Healthy Start Vitamins

We are currently unable to provide Healthy Start vitamins to families. Mothers vitamins are still available through midwifery. In the meantime, we have developed a guide for parents on alternative vitamins and price ranges for infants and women. Healthy Start Vitamins are available at Superdrug for £3.99. Vitamin D is the main concern as the other nutrients can be obtained from the diet, the main source of vitamin D is sunshine and with families being advised to stay at home we recognise the increased risk of vitamin D deficiency. Please highlight the importance of Vitamin D supplementation to families using the guide on our website. There is also new information on eating well during pregnancy and obtaining vitamins during pregnancy. Please visit the Healthy Start page on our website for the information.

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