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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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Tips to Avoid Choking

When parents and professionals find out that I’m a fan of Baby Led Weaning (BLW), the first question they ask about is about choking. But fears about choking can be calmed! By understanding how children choke, parents can learn how to reduce the risks. Here are a few of my favorite tips to avoid choking.Observation: It is important to supervise [...]

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Avoiding Food Jags

In my clinical experience of working with families who have toddlers, I see parents struggle with encouraging their kids to try new foods. It’s easy for parents to get into a rut of serving the same foods. And it’s even easier for toddlers to join them in the rut by refusing to eat anything outside of their preferred meals. [...]

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Introducing Solids with the Tiny Bowl

Introducing solids is a pleasurable time for baby, but it can also be nerve-wracking for a first-time parent. To make the transition to solids easier on the entire family, I have provided some of my favorite tips.Highchair Tray: If you are introducing solids on a highchair tray, then the ezpz Tiny Bowl is perfect! With dimensions of 9 x 6.5, [...]

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Toddler Anxiety at Mealtime

Family mealtime can provide children a sense of comfort. But what if a toddler is anxious about mealtime and refuses to come to the table? Or, worse, refuses to eat? Here are some insights and tips to help a child with mealtime anxiety.Feelings: Sometimes a toddler doesn’t have problems with eating, it’s their feelings about food that causes hesitation at mealtime. [...]

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International Day of Families

Happy International Day of Families! This day was created to raise awareness of the role families play in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities. To celebrate, we are highlighting creative ideas to get a full day of quality family time.Family Mealtime: Parents, grandparents and siblings can all play an important role as caregivers in a family unit. [...]

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Cinco De Mayo Inspiration

Cinco de Mayo is on a Saturday this year and we are setting the stage for a ‘food fun’ weekend for you and your kids. Give these kid-friendly festive treats a try this week!Avocado Dip: This avocado dip is my family recipe, and it came about when we were living overseas and didn’t have access to cilantro or jalapenos. [...]

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