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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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Easy 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 with these easy Fourth of July picnic foods. Straw Skewers: Kids love the novelty of eating foods off sticks, so consider using toothpicks, popsicle sticks and lollipop sticks. To liven up this fun activity even more, try using straws! [...]

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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 ways dads [...]

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Introducing Green Beans to your Toddler’s Diet

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

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Busting Feeding Myths

Our blab for Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) was a huge hit! We had Melanie Potock, M.A, CCC-SLP on the ezpz Mealtime Show talking about feeding myths and busting them with research, ideas, techniques and fun! We talked about tips from her book Raising a Healthy Happy Eater and even gave our audience a peek at her new book Baby Self [...]

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Celery Snacks for Toddlers

When we think of eating celery, we usually think of dieting, which makes celery not much fun! It’s true; celery is incredibly low in calories, and parents who struggle with putting weight on their kids (due to feeding challenges) usually skip right over celery. But this crunchy veggie offers a variety of ways to present nutritionally packed meals and [...]

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Better Hearing & Speech Month and the Happy Mat

I’m always excited for the month of May because it is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM)! This gives me the opportunity to share my profession with the public while raising awareness of how Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) provide life-altering treatment for communication, feeding and swallowing disorders. Since most of the public does not understand the scope of our practice [...]

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