A FIRST time mum from Bradford is inspiring parents to have confidence and creativity when it comes to feeding their babies through the internet.

Nabeelah Kathrada's introduction to weaning started when baby Nura, six months old at the time, refused to eat anything but solid foods.

Nabeelah found herself feeling stressed as conflicting books and online articles told her what she should and shouldn't be cooking up.

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After looking for advice and support on Instagram, she found an entire community of parents who gave personal advice based on their tried-and-tested meals.

Now, as Nura turns 17 months old, the mum has a page of her own and a following of almost 8,000 people with her Instagram blog, nuras_weaning_journey.

She creates fun fruit dishes with edible googly eyes, butterfly-shaped butternut squash wraps and toast that looks like a bear using peanut butter, blueberries and bananas.

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The blogger told the Telegraph & Argus: "As a first time mum feeding can be quite stressful. You don't know how much to feed them.

"There's so much online that can be quite daunting. I was quite stressed to begin with. I didn't really know where to go.

"I discovered this massive weaning community on Instagram. There's mums all over the world in the same boat.

"I started getting inspired on what to feed my kid."

Followers can see how her daughter's diet gradually changed from basic steamed vegetables to more flavoursome dishes.

But Nabeelah feels her increasing popularity online is down to her use of mild herbs and spices, drawn from her own heritage.

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Her butterchicken recipe went viral online as well as her chickpea curry dish.

Nabeelah, who launched the account in March last year, added: "I think that's why my page grew so quickly.

"It's grown quite quickly because a lot of people were finding inspiration that I was able to give her (Nura) spices.

"For me it was really important that Nura was really exposed to food.

"She will eat absolutely anything."

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And now the topics she discusses online are changing to more relatable issues such as rebuilding confidence, child development and getting back into work.

As her Instagram account flourishes, Nabeelah does too as she opens up about her own confidence issues and taking redundancy.

Nabeelah said: "It's a really amazing community. There's so many mums in the same position."

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