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Three Reasons to Use Purees in the BLW Method

As a feeding specialist, I teach Baby Led Weaning (BLW) courses to parents and professionals online and in person. My attendees are usually shocked when I talk about the importance of using purees in the BLW method. Here are three important reasons to incorporate purees when starting BLW.Puree for Testing Baby’s Swallow: There’s a huge texture difference when baby transitions [...]

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Using Dips with Picky Eaters

Dips and dippers are important tools in feeding development, especially if your child has finicky tendencies towards trying new foods. Dipping may also help reduce picky eating and encourage kids to be more adventurous! Here are some ‘dip tips’ from a seasoned feeding therapist.Tips for Picking a Dip: Using a dip to help empower a child to make choices [...]

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Healthy 2-Ingredient Banana Oat Cookies that are Super ezpz!

Healthy 2-Ingredient Banana Oat CookiesPrep Time: 5 MinutesCook Time: 15 MinutesTotal Time: 20 MinutesServings: 9 cookiesCalories per cookie: 30 kcalIngredients 1 large, ripe banana3/4 cup gluten free quick oatsOptional Ingredients 2 tablespoons cacao nibs or chocolate chips2 tablespoons crushed nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc.)2 tablespoons dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, chopped dates, etc.)2 tablespoons nut butterInstructions1. Preheat oven [...]

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Feeding Tips for Holiday Road Trips

Parents consistently ask me for advice on products that are good for in-home use as well as for travel. With the holidays coming up, you may be traveling with family for several hours, and the kids are bound to get hungry and thirsty. Below I have a list of must-have feeding products for traveling in a car this [...]

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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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