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Holiday Food Crafts

Keeping kids busy during the winter break can make the holidays less stressful for everyone! Here are a few holiday food crafts that will keep children focused on a fun task. These activities are especially great for picky eaters, as they expose the picky eater to new foods with crafting instead of eating, which helps them gain familiarity with [...]

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How to Introduce Kiwi to your Toddler

Kiwi is a beautiful fruit that is oftentimes served around the holidays because of its festive green appearance. Its smaller in size than an orange, but packs an equal amount of vitamin C! But how can you get your little ones to try it? Here are a few tips on how to introduce kiwi to your toddler.Improve Exploration: Do you [...]

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How to Introduce Cauliflower to Toddlers

When I suggest trying cauliflower in feeding therapy, parents explain that they have attempted it before and their kids didn’t like it. The refusal is usually due to cauliflower having a bland taste or the consistency being too challenging. Kids need flavor and fun if we want them to think of veggies as a tasty treat. With these tips [...]

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How to Introduce Sweet Potato to Toddlers

The autumn harvest brings a variety of mouthwatering produce for our Thanksgiving meal. Family favorites are pumpkin, squash, kiwi, apples, pears and, of course, sweet potatoes! To get the best of what fall has to offer, check out these tips to get your kids to eat and enjoy a delicious sweet potato.When to introduce them: Sweet potatoes are rich [...]

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GERD Awareness

GERD Awareness Week falls on the week of Thanksgiving, but don’t let that fool you; it’s not just a disease that affects adults on the turkey-eating holiday. Infants and children, unfortunately, get GERD too! Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus. It can be very painful, can cause tissue damage from the acid that [...]

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What is Feeding Therapy?

Feeding therapy is used to help infants and children who have difficulties sucking, chewing or swallowing. The earlier a child is in therapy to address these problems, the better their growth, nutrition and future eating outcomes. If you are concerned about your child’s food selectivity, food or texture refusal, mealtime tantrums, reduced food or liquid intake or swallowing, then your [...]

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Kids, Candy and Costumes - Oh My!

Parents oftentimes ask me how to turn a candy-focused holiday into a healthier Halloween. How can you compete with candy? Here are a few tips on making this holiday a bit healthier while maintaining the fun factor of kids, candy and costumes - oh my!Kids: You may not realize it, but there are TONS of Halloween traditions that [...]

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Introducing Pumpkin to Toddlers

A pumpkin is more than a Halloween decoration; it is a surprisingly delicious fruit! Yup, pumpkin belongs in the fruit family along with melons, cucumbers and squash. This fruit has loads of health benefits for your little one, including fiber, beta-carotene and vitamin A. Here are a few ways to introduce pumpkin to your toddler and get into the harvest [...]

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and we celebrate by educating the public on different topics related to children with Down syndrome. We love our friends with Down syndrome and, as a proud partner of the Changing the Face of Beauty campaign, we showcase their beautiful faces in our advertising and branding! Since it’s Halloween season, I thought it would [...]

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​The ezpz Caramel Apple Bar

It’s Halloween season, which means it’s time for sweet treats and the classic caramel apple. Usually, caramel apples + kids equals a messy disaster, but we have some fun tips to make this fall classic fairly sticky-free with a twist that will encourage kiddos to participate. We hope you enjoy the ezpz Caramel Apple Bar!The Texture of the Apple: [...]

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