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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.Popsicle Stick Craft: Have your kids decorate one side of the Popsicle sticks [...]

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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 & 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 [...]

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Tips for Picky Protein Eaters

As a Pediatric Feeding Specialist, I get a lot of questions from parents on 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 [...]

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Celebrating National Grilling Month with Toddlers

Nothing screams summertime like grilling outside…and the month of July kicks off National Grilling Month. But we know that adding meat or any kind of protein to your toddler’s food list can be challenging, especially if they are a picky protein eater! Since the grill is an extension of your kitchen, we have tips to involve your toddler in the [...]

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Tips for Camping with a Picky Eater

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

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Fourth of July Picnic Foods

Whether you celebrate in your backyard or at your favorite park for the firework display, you can keep your toddler engaged this holiday with these easy Fourth of July picnic foods. Start this festive feast working together at your kitchen counter, and then transition to the picnic blanket!Star Straw Skewers: Kids love the novelty of eating food off sticks, so [...]

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Fathers are Fantastic Feeders Too!

This Father’s Day lets applaud the other fantastic feeder in a child’s life…dad! Dads play a meaningful role in influencing their children’s food preferences and shaping their feeding routine. Studies show that if dad regularly eats meals with their family they feel more involved and responsible for the feeding, health and growth of their child. Let’s discover some other [...]

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How to Introduce Green Beans to Toddlers

This week we are introducing green beans! This veggie is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K, plus folate and fiber. And they have a little protein too! If you want to add this mighty bean into your toddler’s diet, here are a few tips to introduce green beans and make it successful.Pick: There are only a few [...]

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