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Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and we celebrate by educating the public on different topics related to children with Down syndrome. We love our friends with Down syndrome and, as a proud partner of the Changing the Face of Beauty campaign, we showcase their beautiful faces in our advertising and branding! Since it’s Halloween season, I thought it would [...]

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​The ezpz Caramel Apple Bar

It’s Halloween season, which means it’s time for sweet treats and the classic caramel apple. Usually, caramel apples + kids equals a messy disaster, but we have some fun tips to make this fall classic fairly sticky-free with a twist that will encourage kiddos to participate. We hope you enjoy the ezpz Caramel Apple Bar!The Texture of the Apple: [...]

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Lunch Packing Ideas for Parents

It’s September, and back to school lunch packing STILL seems to be the hot topic with parents I work with. They tell me it is their biggest stressor of the day…it starts in the morning with ‘what the heck am I going to pack?’ then lingers as they think ‘I hope they like their lunch.’ The stress reaches its [...]

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Introducing Purees

Parents oftentimes come to me to help them safely transition their baby from breast (or bottle) to puree foods. Here are a few of the tips I provide in feeding therapy to make purees tasty, safe and fun for both parents AND baby. Hooray for purees!Safety: When a parent chooses to start with purees, I explain that I recommend purees [...]

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How to Introduce Pomegranates to Toddlers

It’s September, and one of my favorite fruits are in season from now until February! Pomegranates are such a beloved fall and winter food because they pack so much taste, nutrition and color with just a few sprinkles of its dark red seeds. Here are some ideas on how to introduce pomegranates into your toddler’s diet.Sprinkles: Pomegranate seeds are one [...]

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Back to School Lunch Crafts

Do you struggle with making lunches that your picky eater will eat now that they are back at school? Did you know that kids are more likely to eat snacks they help make? Here are three back to school lunch crafts that involve your children!Bag Clip Craft: Decorate clothespins with fun materials like googly eyes, crayons, markers, puffy paints, [...]

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Back to School (After-School) Fruit Snacks

It’s back to school time! I oftentimes see kids for in-home feeding therapy right after the bell rings, and they are starving for that after-school snack! Here are a few ideas to get your kids involved in their snack time PLUS some quick and healthy fruit recipes.Popsicle Stick Craft: Have your kids decorate one side of the Popsicle sticks [...]

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Yummy Ways to Introduce Figs to Toddlers

Figs are one of the first plants to be cultivated by humans. Children have been eating figs for over 11,000 years, yet I don’t meet a lot of toddlers who eat them until they are in feeding therapy with me. Figs are a perfect fruit for toddlers because they are packed with fiber and potassium. When ripe, the outside [...]

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World Breastfeeding Week and MommyCon

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week we wanted to highlight a mom organization called MommyCon. If you are not familiar with this amazing organization, it’s a parent convention that is focused on natural parenting workshops as well as seminars from guest speakers like Alanis Morissette, Dr. Bob Sears, Dr. Jay Gordon, Jamie Grayson (the Baby Guy) and Jessica Martin-Weber [...]

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National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness / Prevention Month

Cleft lip and palate affect thousands of infants and children in the United States each year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 7,000 babies will be born with a cleft this year, but there is not a lot of awareness about cleft lip or palate and how it affects feeding. July is national cleft [...]

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