The New Ways Nutrition Blog

Join me as I talk about all things family and childhood nutrition related. If you have a burning question or topic you would like me to address, be sure to let me know by following me on Instagram and Facebook, or write me a note here

1 Year Old Baby Food- What Changes Should You Know About?
With a 1 year old baby, it seems like everything is changing, and fast! Your tiny little baby is actively changing into a toddler. With their own opinions and desires, their personalities are starting to emerge. We’ve talked a lot about what you should be watching for when feeding young babies. From size and shapes, to safe textures, what to avoid, and family meals. So what stays the same now that they are leaving baby-hood and becoming a toddler? And what is completely new with your 1 year old baby?
How Your Postpartum Body Affects Your Child
I’m not ashamed to admit that I truly struggled with my body image while I was pregnant and for several months postpartum. I looked in the mirror and didn’t see the person I was used to seeing. My body had completely changed. I knew that everyone was watching me to see what I did, and what my body did, after I gave birth. Or at least it felt like it to me. From a professional standpoint, I’ve talked with many people about body image and how our society views weight and fitness. I know all the ins and outs it seems. And now I can say I’ve been there. I still look at myself in the mirror and see a body that isn’t what I’m used to. If you are also a woman who’s had a baby, there’s a chance you can say the same thing.
The Best Plastic-Free Products for Babies and Kids
Plastics, as well as plastic-free products, have been in the news lately. Why is that, you ask? A few weeks ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), released a statement addressing chemicals and additives in food and food packaging.They addressed not only manufactured packaging, but also plastic containers that you might use at home in your own kitchen.
The Best Bread for Babies
One of the best tricks for feeding your newly-eating baby is to pretty much put everything on bread. Hummus, nut butters, yogurt and cottage cheese, it all works. Even things that you would never eat yourself? Yep, those work, too! With that being said, giving so much bread to your baby definitely means that you’ll want to pay attention to what bread you are buying. But just what should you be looking for to find the best bread for babies?
How to Keep Your Baby from Choking
When most people look at a baby that is gagging, they get incredibly anxious. I can't tell you how many times parents who want to start with baby led weaning tell me they can't because they're afraid of their baby choking. And it’s not just parents! It’s grandparents and random strangers that get anxious, too. They want to jump in and help, or never give that food again. But that is not the best answer!
Delicious Fruit-Sweetened Smash Cake
When we first started planning my daughter’s recent 1st birthday party, I had no intention of creating my own smash cake recipe. I figured why re-invent the wheel? I was planning to find one on Pinterest and call it a day. But when I actually went to find a recipe, I realized I wouldn’t be reinventing the wheel, because there wasn’t already one out there! I couldn't for the life of me find a fruit-sweetened smash cake that looked worth making.
Do you or your baby need Omega 3 supplements?
When you're pregnant or breastfeeding, there are a million recommendations for what you should be taking as far as supplements go! If you're lucky, you can find a prenatal vitamin that has everything you need in it. But what are some of the things you should be paying attention to? One of them is Omega 3's. The questions is, do Omega 3 supplements work as well as the food in this case?
The Best Milk for Babies After 1
Here in the States, it is generally assumed that at one year old babies will transition to cow’s milk. Many parents, whether it be for allergies, constipation, or just personal concern, wonder if that is strictly necessary. So today we’re going to talk about what you should be giving your child after 1!
The Best Finger Foods for Babies
When you’re just starting to feed your baby solid foods, it can be overwhelming figuring out what the best finger foods for babies is. I hear from a lot of parents that one of the things they are most anxious about, in fact, is the size and texture of finger foods they should be serving their baby. If you do a google or Pinterest search for what size of foods to serve your baby, you’ll get a lot of recommendations about the exact size food...
Kale Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
I am a huge fan of clean out your fridge recipes. In winter, that usually means soups and curries. But in summer, I just have no appetite for things that are warm and take a long time on the stove. That could be a product of living where it is routinely 100F in the summer, though! Enter this salad. It’s a great dish that can serve as your entire meal. I’ve put it into recipe form here...
Foods to Avoid For Babies in Their First Year
As a dietitian, I take a pretty liberal approach to what you should and shouldn’t eat. In fact, there’s really not much that you would ever find me saying not to eat! We can come up with all sorts of sayings, like all foods fit, there’s no good or bad food, all of that. Whatever saying you want to put to it, that’s what I believe when it comes to food. Except for when you’re feeding babies. When you’re feeding babies, there are a few foods to avoid for babies that you need to be aware of before you start.
Baby Cookies
When we first started feeding my daughter solid foods, I was constantly on the look out for easy, baby friendly recipes. I still am, as a matter of fact. There are so many different recipes out there, and some of them fit the bill, but there sure aren’t many! I’m looking for sweetener free, not a choking hazard, and low or no salt. Quite a tall task when it comes down to it. I give bonus points for the same recipe being parent friendly, too!
When Can You Give A Baby Water?
Ever wonder when you should be giving your baby water? Read on for the latest recommendations! While there are lots of anecdotal recommendations flying around out there, there is an official recommendation on water and babies. Once you start feeding your baby at 6 months of age, you can start to give them water at meal times. During these first few months, you do want to restrict the water intake to meal times. Once your baby is eating foods, having something to drink at meal times can help them to swallow food easier. At one...
Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese with Kale Chips
Today marks the release of my first recipe! Over the last few months, I have realized that it is important for me to begin creating recipes for this site. The first recipe that I'm sharing with you is our go to meal. This is what we eat when we just don't know what else to cook. I found the original recipe years ago, and we've made it so much since then that I realized it's essentially become a whole different recipe now!
What’s the Best Yogurt for Babies?
Believe it or not, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to buying the best yogurt for babies! Should you buy sweetened or plain, conventional or organic, whole fat or low fat? Read on for a detailed rundown of what you should be looking for!
Which Drinks for Kids Are Best?
Drinks are a common source of questions most parents have once they start feeding their babies solid foods. Should they stick with only giving their baby breastmilk or formula? When is juice okay? When should you transition to cow's milk? How much of each should you give? I've got all the details on which drinks for kids are best!
Dinner Ideas for a 6 Month Old
I'm back with the third installment of meal ideas, this time it's dinner ideas for a 6 month old baby! If you're new to the blog, be sure to check out the previous two posts on breakfast and lunch. In those, I talked all about how to build your baby's plate for a quick and easy, balanced meal.
Is Salt in Baby Food Okay?
As a parent of a newly-eating baby, you are likely aware of the salt in baby food that you serve. Most parents know that they should be cautious of how much salt they serve. But just how much is too much?
How Many Meals Should Your Baby Be Eating?
So you’ve got this feeding thing underway now. Your baby has met all the developmental markers and has started to eat foods. You know how much you should be feeding them at each meal, but just how often should you be feeding them? Six to Seven Months- At 6 months old, start by feeding your baby at least two meals a day. Feeding three meals isn’t a bad thing and can help with skill development. It can be quite the task between nap times and the amount of time your baby wants to sit at the table, though! So don’t feel the need to get 3 meals in every day at the beginning. (As with pretty much anything I write about, please pay attention to your baby first and foremost. These are general guidelines, but your parenting intuition rocks and you should listen to that above all else!) The Logistics It doesn’t matter what time these meals are at. The most important thing is

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