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Happy Feeding,

Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz

Photo Credit: Paul Joyner Photo


Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz

Dawn Winkelmann, a.k.a “Ms. Dawn”, has treated thousands of kids across the globe by helping families overcome picky eating stages and food refusals, while adding new foods into their diet. Her high success rate is attributed to Ms. Dawn bringing her education, experience, sense of humor and her favorite feeding products to the family dinner table.

You will find Ms. Dawn’s expert feeding advice to be positive and fun for the entire family! She adapts complicated feeding/swallowing research and makes it practical and easy for parents! Get ready to learn the science behind your favorite feeding products and ways to bring happy family mealtimes back!

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Preparing Baby to Transition from a Bottle to an Open Cup

Transitioning from bottle to a cup can be a hard process for baby and the entire family. I believe this is why I have seen so many babies maturing into toddlerhood and refusing to drink out of anything other than a bottle (these kiddos typically need a few sessions of feeding therapy to help with the process). Therapy, refusals [...]

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Cognitive, Speech + Language Milestones to Help Babies with Feeding

I talk a lot about developmental milestones here at ezpz. Milestones help parents know what to expect at a certain age and, if needed, they know when to ask for a referral from their pediatrician. Here are a few cognitive, speech and language milestones to look for that will help you and baby on your feeding journey!Cognitive Milestones: Cognitive [...]

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Feeding Milestone: Lip Closure

If your little munchkin is between 6-9 months of age you are witnessing a lot of change in their overall development. Important growth is happening with baby’s mouth, too! Let’s talk about lip closure and how it impacts feeding development.Lip Closure: Having baby learn how to close their lips is an important feeding milestone. Lip closure is necessary for baby [...]

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How to Use ezpz Products in Feeding Therapy (Part 2)

ezpz’s dynamic community of engaged parents and pediatric professionals are looking for education and resources to help children with their feeding skills. For this reason, I have put together some tips on how to choose and use ezpz products in feeding therapy. Note - this is a blog series, so make sure to check out Part 1 for information [...]

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How to Use ezpz Products in Feeding Therapy (Part 1)

Here at ezpz we have a large community of parents and medical professionals specializing in feeding therapy. Both groups ask me questions on how to select and use our products in therapy to help infants, toddlers and school age children learn how to eat. Feeding therapy can be overwhelming for parents (and surprisingly for the feeding therapist too). I’ve broken [...]

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How to Introduce Bananas to Babies

When I teach Baby Led Weaning (BLW) classes, I always suggest trying banana as one of the first foods for baby. But I didn’t realize how confusing this fruit is for parents until I was inundated with questions about it. Let’s tackle some of the most common feeding questions I receive when it comes to bananas.Consistency: In my courses, I get [...]

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Three Mistakes Parents Make During Baby-Led Spoon Feeding

Independent spoon feeding is a fun mealtime milestone for baby. But sometimes parents make a mistake or two along the way. As a feeding specialist, here are three of the most common mistakes I see when it comes to baby-led spoon feeding.Mistake #1: Offering the Wrong Size Handle Some parents tell me they decided not to continue with baby-led [...]

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Feeding Milestones for Baby: Spoon Feeding (6 to 12 months)

It’s important to be flexible in feeding. You may want to introduce your baby to solids using a specific feeding method (Baby Led Weaning (BLW) or Purees), but ultimately baby will choose what texture to eat and what texture to refuse. With this in mind, choose a spoon that will work for BOTH feeding methods. This saves you money (by [...]

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Feeding Milestones for Baby: Spoon Feeding (at 6 months)

Starting solids is a glorious time for you and baby. Introducing a spoon as early as 6 months of age can help baby learn to self-feed and gain critical oral motor and fine motor skills. Here is a list of spoon-feeding milestones to explore with your 6-month-old baby.6-month-old Spoon Milestones: As with all developmental milestones, ages are approximate [...]

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