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Hooray for the Puree Phase

Parents oftentimes come to me to help them decide which method to choose when introducing solid foods. Although I have found feeding success with both Baby Led Weaning (BLW) as well as traditional puree methods, I encourage you to consider a combination of both approaches. The reason I suggest a combo approach is that I have found that some [...]

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Introducing Pomegranates into your Toddler’s Diet

It’s September, and one of my favorite fruits are in season from now until February! Pomegranates are such a beloved fall and winter food because they pack so much taste, nutrition and color with just a few sprinkles of its seeds. Here are some ideas on how to introduce pomegranates into your toddler’s diet.Sprinkles: Pomegranate seeds are one of my [...]

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Back to School Lunch Crafts

Do you struggle with making lunches that your picky eater will eat now that they are back at school? Did you know that kids are more likely to eat snacks they help make? Here are three back to school lunch crafts that involve your children!Bag Clip Craft: Your kids can decorate clothespins to make their lunch bag more fun! They can [...]

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Back to School (After-School) Fruit Snacks

It’s back to school time! I oftentimes see kids for in-home feeding therapy right after the bell rings, and they are starving for that after-school snack! Here are a few ideas to get your kids involved in their snack time PLUS some quick and healthy fruit recipes.Play Mat Popsicle Stick: Have your kids decorate one side of the Popsicle [...]

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Yummy Ways to Introduce Figs to Toddlers

Figs are one of the first plants to be cultivated by humans. Children have been eating figs for over 11,000 years, yet I don’t meet a lot of toddlers who eat them until they are in feeding therapy with me. Figs are a perfect fruit for toddlers because they are packed with fiber and potassium. When ripe, the outside [...]

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World Breastfeeding Week and MommyCon

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week we wanted to highlight a mom organization called MommyCon. If you are not familiar with this amazing organization, it’s a parent convention that is focused on natural parenting workshops as well as seminars from guest speakers like Alanis Morissette, Dr. Bob Sears, Dr. Jay Gordon, Jamie Grayson (the Baby Guy) and Jessica Martin-Weber [...]

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National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness / Prevention Month

Cleft lip and palate affect thousands of infants and children in the United States each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 7,000 babies will be born with a cleft this year, but there is not a lot of awareness about cleft lip or palate and how it affects feeding. July is national cleft and [...]

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5 Tips for Picky Protein Eaters

As a Pediatric Feeding Specialist, I get a lot of questions from parents about how they can get more protein into their toddler’s diet. Since it’s recommended to have a protein at each meal and snack, here are a few tips to help with your picky protein eater.Variety: Offer a variety of animal and plant based proteins to identify your [...]

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Celebrating National Grilling Month with Toddlers

Nothing screams summertime like grilling outside…and July kicks off National Grilling Month! We know that adding meat + protein to your toddler’s food list can be challenging, and since the grill is an extension of your kitchen, we have tips to involve your toddler in the grilling process.Secret Sauce: Have your child make their own BBQ sauce! Choose a [...]

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Tips for Camping with a Picky Eater

It’s summertime and parents are asking me for advice about taking their picky eater camping. Getting picky eaters to eat in the feeding clinic or their own home can be challenging enough, when you add preparing, cooking, cleaning and eating outdoors you have another set of challenges!Here are a few tips:S’mores: Camping and s’mores go hand-in-hand and kids love to [...]

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