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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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How to Introduce Pomegranates to Toddlers

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 dark red seeds. Here are some ideas on how to introduce pomegranates into your toddler’s diet.Sprinkles: Pomegranate seeds are one [...]

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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: Decorate clothespins with fun materials like googly eyes, crayons, markers, puffy paints, [...]

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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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