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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. In my experience, their 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. [...]

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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 in beta-carotene, [...]

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Reflux in Infants and Children

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (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! Here is some helpful information, signs and symptoms to look out for if you suspect your child is suffering from GERD.What is [...]

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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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Lunch Packing Ideas for Parents

It’s September, and back to school lunch packing STILL seems to be the hot topic with parents I work with. They tell me it is their biggest stressor of the day…it starts in the morning with ‘what the heck am I going to pack?’ then lingers as they think ‘I hope they like their lunch.’ The stress reaches its [...]

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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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