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How to Introduce Avocado

Avocados are a perfect fruit for babies, toddlers, school-age kids and adults too! It’s my favorite fruit and I add it to almost everything I make at home (sandwiches, soups, salads, toast, omelets, beans, salsa and more). Here are a few ways you can introduce avocado to your kids.Avocado for Baby: I love to use avocado as a first food [...]

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How to Give Feeding Advice to a Friend

I am constantly receiving emails from our community (parents, friends, baby product inventors, therapists, etc.) asking how to give feeding advice to a friend. Here are a few examples of the questions I receive: My friend’s toddler is a severe picky eater. I give her advice and suggestions but she is not willing to hear what I have [...]

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Sensory Issues & Being Messy

Do you have a baby or toddler that loses focus at mealtime because of the mess? Or, do you have a child that has sensory issues when it comes to being damp during meals? If so, I have some tips for overcoming these issues and the products that can help!Sensory Issues: Sensory processing plays an important role in mealtime success. [...]

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Feeding a Genius

Sometimes parents tell me that their child is a ‘genius’ because they have figured out how to pull up the ezpz mat. They are concerned because they want their child to gain the sensory and developmental benefits from eating out of our products (and not to mention less mess!). Here are some tips for parents and therapists to try to [...]

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Reading + Feeding Activities for International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day is celebrated each year on September 8th in the hopes of highlighting global literacy needs. Planning reading (and feeding) activities with your kids on this special day can help increase literacy around the world…starting in your home!If you have a child that struggles with trying new foods at mealtime, reading activities can [...]

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How To Do Simple Food Art

Making cute food art is a technique feeding therapists use to encourage children to engage with healthy foods. When kids are having fun with whimsical food art, they are learning to interact with that food at a sensory level. But you don’t need to be in feeding therapy to use this strategy. I’m sharing my four-step program for making [...]

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Are You Feeding Baby Too Early?

Sometimes families are excited to start baby on solids and they accidentally start too early (without knowing some of the risks). I have worked with numerous families in feeding therapy that fed their baby early (at 3-5 months of age) and, unfortunately, this resulted in choking episodes or outright food refusal. To avoid these risks, let’s explore the signals you need to [...]

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Ice Activities for Summer

Summer is here and parents need some fun ideas to keep the kids entertained and cool during these hot months. If you want a summer alternative to packing up the kids and heading to the pool or beach, then you will love these simple homemade frozen activities.    Frozen Watercolor Painting: Is your child a budding artist or just [...]

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How to Introduce Watermelon

Introducing new fruits to your child is a time of wonder and fun. What new fruit screams summertime? Watermelon, of course! Here are some ideas for trying this colorful fruit with your littles.Infants: In the feeding world, most would recommend introducing melons a little later than the 6-month mark (when we recommend starting solids). However, in some cultures they use [...]

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Feeding Milestone: The Pincer Grasp

As a parent, you may have heard about helping your infant / toddler develop their pincer grasp, but what does that really mean? How can you improve this developmental milestone? And what does a pincer grasp have to do with feeding? I will answer all of those questions and give you some ways to improve your child’s fine motor [...]

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