Category Archives for Starting Solids

How do you help your baby learn to feed themselves? Or maybe you're focused on getting more veggies into your kids or your baby? Or maybe you want to find out how to teach your baby to use a spoon or fork? While there are many methods you can try, here is an easy, hands off parenting hack to help you teach your baby how to feed themselves. It also works wonders for teaching older kids how to act at the table! #selffeeding #blw #parentinghack #dietitian

How to Help Your Baby Learn to Feed Themselves

  • September 21, 2018

Having a baby, or even a toddler, that can feed themselves is something that most parents look forward to. The ability to put food in front of your child and have them know what to do with it is an amazing

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The healthiest bread for babies can be complicated and confusing! Do you know how to choose bread that is safe for baby? Get recommendations from a dietitian by clicking through. Be confident in what you're feeding your baby! #babyledweaning #babynutrition #breadforbabies

The Best Bread for Babies

  • August 24, 2018

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?

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How to Keep Your Baby from Choking

  • August 17, 2018

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

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Do you know what the best finger foods for babies are? The right texture and size can be overwhelming to figure out when you are introducing solids. Learn what is safe for your baby in their first foods! #blw #childnutrition

The Best Finger Foods for Babies

  • July 20, 2018

When you’re just starting to feed your baby solid foods, it can be overwhelming figuring out what the best finger foods for babies are. I hear from a lot of parents that one of the things they are most

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Do you know the foods to avoid for babies? As you start introducing solids, it's important to be aware of what you should avoid, like honey! Find out why and what other foods you should avoid by clicking through! #blw #childnutrition #babyledweaning

Foods to Avoid For Babies in Their First Year

  • July 6, 2018

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

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How many meals should your baby be eating? Advice from a pediatric nutritionist based on age ranges to help guide you and put your mind at ease! #babynutrition #firstfoods #whattofeedbaby #babyfood

How Many Meals Should Your Baby Be Eating?

  • May 11, 2018

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 many

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A common question I receive from parents is about how much gagging is okay when a baby is first starting solid foods. While this is a hard question to answer definitively, I will try and provide a few guidelines to ease your mind. Gagging vs Choking: A Reminder Gagging is a normal part of the learning process. A baby’s gag reflex is much closer to the front of their mouth than an adult’s, meaning it is much easier for them to gag on food. Gagging means your baby is learning, and is not necessarily a bad thing. Choking, on the other hand, can be very serious. Choking is when food gets lodged in a baby’s throat and prevents breathing. I hate the thought of scaring any one, but I do want parents to be prepared. Your baby is likely to have one or more episodes during their time learning to eat that will appear to be very close to choking. Know that it is rare for babies to truly choke, but that is why it is important that you practice safe feeding habits and are always monitoring your baby with food. Someone in your house should also be up to date on infant CPR. This is not specific to baby self-feeding, but really, any type of feeding! Safety should always come first. Handling the Inevitable Gagging Instances A few tips: 1. Hold back your fear. Easier said than done, but give your baby

Help! My Baby Keeps Gagging on Their Food

  • May 3, 2018

What you need to know about babies and gagging and how to keep your baby safe. A common question I receive from parents is about how much gagging is okay when a baby is first starting solid foods.

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Make sure your baby is getting the amount of food they need. Recommendations from a pediatric dietitian nutritionist. #babyportionsizes #babyfood #blw

How Much Should My Baby Eat?

  • April 26, 2018

One of the most common questions I get is "How much should my baby eat?" Parents are understandably concerned when their baby doesn't actually eat much food in those first few months after starting solid

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Have a trip planned right around the time your baby will start eating? Unsure how to give them what they need in an unfamiliar environment? Here are 12 tips for traveling with your baby to help your vacation go as smoothly as possible! #travelingwithbaby #6monthold #babyledweaning #blw

Traveling with a Newly- Eating Baby

  • February 28, 2018

Traveling with a newly eating baby can be challenging, there's no sugar coating it. Everything from figuring out how often they need to eat, to what you will feed them, and where they will sit needs

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Has your baby been eating food for a few months now? Are you ready to start giving them more challenging dishes? Find out what you should be looking for before advancing their food textures.

Advancing Your Baby’s Food Textures

  • February 14, 2018

Now that your baby has been eating for a little while, they have likely developed their skills enough to be swallowing many of their foods. Such progress! Do you know what to look for before starting to

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