Loading... Please wait...

My Account

ezpz Blog

meal time made ezpz / feeding tips for babies and toddlers from dawn winklemann, speech language pathologist and feeding specialist

Stress-Free Mealtime

Parents often tell me that work, over-commitments and family activities keep them from having consistent meals together as a family. They explain that when schedules get tight, dinner at the table gets dropped because it’s too stressful to manage on top of everything else. I have some suggestions for easing mealtime anxiety by establishing routines, planning and serving meals, and [...]

Read More »

How to Introduce Persimmons to Your Toddler

Other than decorations, nothing screams the holiday season more to me than persimmons. Have your kids tried Fuyu persimmons yet? They are a delicious fruit that is a MUST for your holiday grocery list this season! Here are some tips on how to introduce persimmons to your toddler.How to eat it: The Fuyu is a light orange-colored fruit that [...]

Read More »

Holiday Food Crafts

Keeping kids busy during the winter break can make the holidays less stressful for everyone! Here are a few holiday food crafts that will keep children focused on a fun fine motor and sensory task. These activities are especially great for picky eaters, as they expose kids to new foods through crafting instead of eating, which helps them gain familiarity [...]

Read More »

How to Introduce Kiwi to your Toddler

Kiwi is a beautiful fruit that is oftentimes served around the holidays because of its festive green appearance. It is also consumed more during the winter months (flu season) since it is packed with nutrition. In fact, the kiwi (which is smaller than an orange) has an equal amount of vitamin C! So, how can you get your little ones [...]

Read More »

How to Introduce Cauliflower to Toddlers

When I suggest trying cauliflower in feeding therapy, parents explain that they have attempted it before and their kids didn’t like it. In my experience, their refusal is usually due to cauliflower having a bland taste or the consistency being too challenging. Kids need flavor and fun if we want them to think of veggies as a tasty treat. [...]

Read More »

How to Introduce Sweet Potato to Toddlers

The autumn harvest brings a variety of mouthwatering produce for our Thanksgiving meal. Family favorites are pumpkin, squash, kiwi, apples, pears and, of course, sweet potatoes! To get the best of what fall has to offer, check out these tips to get your kids to eat and enjoy a delicious sweet potato.When to introduce them: Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, [...]

Read More »

Reflux in Infants and Children

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) Awareness Week falls on the week of Thanksgiving, but don’t let that fool you; it’s not just a disease that affects adults on the turkey-eating holiday. Infants and children, unfortunately, get GERD too! Here is some helpful information, signs and symptoms to look out for if you suspect your child is suffering from GERD.What is [...]

Read More »

What is Feeding Therapy?

Feeding therapy is used to help infants and children who have difficulties sucking, chewing or swallowing. The earlier a child is in therapy to address these problems, the better their growth, nutrition and future eating outcomes. If you are concerned about your child’s food selectivity, food or texture refusal, mealtime tantrums, reduced food or liquid intake or swallowing, then your [...]

Read More »

Kids, Candy and Costumes - Oh My!

Parents oftentimes ask me how to turn a candy-focused holiday into a healthier Halloween. How can you compete with candy? Here are a few tips on making this holiday a bit healthier while maintaining the fun factor of kids, candy and costumes - oh my!Kids: You may not realize it, but there are TONS of Halloween traditions that [...]

Read More »

Introducing Pumpkin to Toddlers

A pumpkin is more than a Halloween decoration; it is a surprisingly delicious fruit! Yup, pumpkin belongs in the fruit family along with melons, cucumbers and squash. This fruit has loads of health benefits for your little one, including fiber, beta-carotene and vitamin A. Here are a few ways to introduce pumpkin to your toddler and get into the harvest [...]

Read More »