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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

It's Cinco de Mayo this weekend, 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. It became a [...]

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Sensory Properties of Silicone Help Children with Autism (Part 2)

Searching for sensory-based feeding products that encourage a child with autism to try new foods can be overwhelming for a parent or feeding therapist. Luckily, silicone is one of the best sensory materials out there, and using dishware made from silicone can be a game changer at mealtime! In Part 1 of our blog series, we discussed how silicone is [...]

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Sensory Properties of Silicone Help Children with Autism (Part 1)

Finding feeding products that engage a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be challenging. But if you are aware of their unique sensory needs, picking the right product can make the difference between eating and outright food refusal. Here are a few ideas that may encourage you to give silicone a try!Silicone + Sound: Many children on the autism [...]

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Sensory Tools for Children with Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects a child in varying degrees. Generally, these children tend to have more feeding and sensory challenges than their peers. Since I specialize in autism and feeding challenges, I thought I would highlight my favorite sensory brands and explain how to use them at mealtime. And it's perfect timing since April [...]

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Easter Basket (No Candy) Ideas

Are you looking for an Easter basket idea that the kids will love (minus all the candy, sugar and chocolate)? We’ve got you covered! Here are a few Easter basket ideas and easy-to-plan activities that will keep the kids happy and busy this holiday.Sensory Basket: Sensory fidgets are a tool that can help keep kids calm and focused. Fidgets can [...]

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