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Our Favorite Gear for Starting Solid Foods and Baby-led Weaning

Our Favorite Gear for Starting Solid Foods and Baby-led Weaning

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How do I know if my baby is ready for solid foods?

How do I know if my baby is ready for solid foods?

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Our favorite supplements for babies and children

Our favorite supplements for babies and children

Supplements are always a hot topic with our clients. We are constantly asked what supplements we recommend for kids. Here’s our short, main message: The only supplement most babies and...
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What is Baby-led Weaning? (BLW)

What is Baby-led Weaning? (BLW)

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Our Favorite High Chairs and Boosters

Our Favorite High Chairs and Boosters

Selecting baby gear is one of the more overwhelming parts of parenthood. There are so many options available, and friends, family members, online groups and Amazon reviews all pull you...
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Father's Day Gift Guide 2024

Father's Day Gift Guide 2024

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Looking for a Mother's Day gift for someone special? {Maybe you're that someone special?} We've compiled a list of our favorite gifts that might make that mom in your life...
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Keeping Kids Hydrated in the Heat (and All Year Long)

Keeping Kids Hydrated in the Heat (and All Year Long)

As an Arizona resident and dietitian, I (Megan) know how important it is to stay hydrated. However, young children don’t seem to mind operating at full-speed in hot temperatures - and they can...
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How to Stress Less About Sugar

How to Stress Less About Sugar

Heavily restricting kids from sugar backfires. The parenting space is full of differing opinions and approaches, and how to handle sugar with kids is certainly one of those tough topics. ...
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Holiday Favorite: Magic Bars

Holiday Favorite: Magic Bars

Magic bars are always the favorite of the party when we make them. We gifted them to neighbors recently and I already got the “best neighbor ever” text from a few...
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How to Teach your Child to Eat Soup

How to Teach your Child to Eat Soup

We are frequently asked about serving soup to babies and toddlers. Learning to eat soup may be a messy process, but with practice kids figure it out! Soup is an...
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Vegetable Serving Sizes for Toddlers

Vegetable Serving Sizes for Toddlers

Veggie serving sizes for toddlers is much smaller than you may think! Did you know that a serving size of vegetables for a two-year-old is just 2 tablespoons? Yes, only 2...
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Serving PB&J in New Ways

Serving PB&J in New Ways

Do you find yourself serving the same PBJ day in, and day out? We wanted to offer some fun and delicious ways to mix it up! You can find these...
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Keep Food Safe at School

Keep Food Safe at School

One big question we always get is, “How do you keep lunches cold?” Since we are self-proclaimed lunchbox experts, we wanted to share some food safety guidelines for lunches! Keep...
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Calorie Boosting Strategies

Calorie Boosting Strategies

Do you have a kiddo that needs a little help in the growth department? Perhaps you’re pregnant and are struggling to gain weight yourself, or maybe you’re breastfeeding and are...
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Kid-Friendly Energy Bites

Kid-Friendly Energy Bites

Homemade energy bites are my kids’ favorite snack, hands down! We have been making these for years and they’re so tasty for adults and kids alike – please make sure read...
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Banana Pancakes: 4 Ways

Banana Pancakes: 4 Ways

Who loves pancakes?! This banana egg pancake recipe is a staple in our house that works well for eaters of all ages (babies included)!  We love this basic banana pancake...
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Let them eat (birthday) cake…or not?

Let them eat (birthday) cake…or not?

One of the most common questions in our Feeding Littles Clients Only Group on Facebook has to do with a baby’s first birthday cake: ”What kind of healthy smash cake should...
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Halloween: How Dietitians Handle It

Halloween: How Dietitians Handle It

If you have signed up for our online Toddler & Kid Course (specifically the step on Desserts and Sugar), you know that our approach to Halloween candy may be a bit...
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What’s with the Teal Pumpkins?

What’s with the Teal Pumpkins?

Do you have a kid with food allergies?  If you’d like to include all kids – including those with food allergies or those who have medical issues that prevent them...
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Bringing Meals to Families Experiencing Life Change

Bringing Meals to Families Experiencing Life Change

Sometimes one of the best ways we can love on our friends and family is by bringing them food when they’re in need. During crisis, loss, the birth of a...
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How to handle plate waste and unfinished lunches

How to handle plate waste and unfinished lunches

We like to show examples of what I (Megan) pack for school lunch on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Recently I also showed our Instagram Stories viewers what my kids’ lunchboxes look like when...
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Grocery Shopping with Babies and Kids

Grocery Shopping with Babies and Kids

Dread going to the grocery store with your kids?  We get it. We’ve never had a client say they love grocery shopping with kids. Perhaps you even enjoy going to...
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Restaurant Essentials with Babies and Kids

Restaurant Essentials with Babies and Kids

While you don’t need anything special for Baby-led Weaning or toddler feeding, the right gear (and realistic expectations) make restaurant eating much easier. Check out our Amazon shop that includes a Restaurant Essentials section....
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Managing Thanksgiving with New or Selective Eaters

Managing Thanksgiving with New or Selective Eaters

Thanksgiving is a time to gather family and friends and share a delicious meal. You envision a table full of loved ones – or perhaps just your small family – and...
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Understanding Sensory Processing

Understanding Sensory Processing

Let’s talk sensory processing! This is a big topic, but we wanted to give you some basic information so that you can understand your child’s needs and development a little better.   ...
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Why do kids like crunchy foods?

Why do kids like crunchy foods?

Have you noticed that your kiddo gravitates toward crackers, veggie straws, and all foods crunchy? Why do they love these crunchy foods, and how can we use their preference for...
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Mouth Stuffing and Food Pocketing in Young Children

Mouth Stuffing and Food Pocketing in Young Children

Has your baby or toddler ever filled their mouth with blueberries – one after the next – without chewing and swallowing? Perhaps they store them in their cheeks or at...
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Food Before 1 is NOT Just for Fun!

Food Before 1 is NOT Just for Fun!

We hear the term “food before 1 is just for fun” thrown around in various Baby-led Weaning communities. The spirit of this phrase is great – don’t stress about the...
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Teething and Mealtime

Teething and Mealtime

Teething almost always affects mealtime in some way. A sudden change of eating patterns usually means something’s up – and teeth are a very likely culprit (even before you can see them...
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How to Teach your Toddler to Eat a Sandwich

How to Teach your Toddler to Eat a Sandwich

Sandwiches are a simple, filling meal option that can help provide essential nutrients – like fiber, protein, and B vitamins – for kids. It’s very convenient if your child can...
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Beige food lover at home? Here are tips to help them branch out!

Beige food lover at home? Here are tips to help them branch out!

You are not a bad parent if your kid loves beige, starchy foods! Read on for why.   No matter how much variety you serve your children, it is still...
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Why Dips are Important

Why Dips are Important

Let’s talk DIPS! Did you know that the use of dips is something we use to help reluctant eaters learn how to eat more foods?  There are so many dip...
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Teach your Child How to Swallow a Pill

Teach your Child How to Swallow a Pill

Yes, kids as young as 4 can learn to swallow pills! Learn how below. Why do some kids need to swallow pills? Some medications only come in pill form or...
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How to Teach your Child to Eat a Salad

How to Teach your Child to Eat a Salad

Whenever we post about green salads we get questions about how and when young children can eat salads, too – let's dig in!    The biggest issue with salad is the safety of...
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Easy Ways to Play With Your Baby – FREE PRINTABLE

Easy Ways to Play With Your Baby – FREE PRINTABLE

It seems like there are so many ideas on the internet for how to keep toddlers and kids occupied while at home. But…how do you play with a baby? Guess...
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How to Feed Your Child When They’re Sick

How to Feed Your Child When They’re Sick

Have you noticed that kids get sick, like, a lot? This can be especially true for kids when they start daycare, preschool or elementary school, or when they start interacting with...
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Utensils

Utensils

Let’s talk about utensils! Read on for what to look for when choosing utensils for your baby or toddler, how to encourage them to use spoons and forks, and what...
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Bottle Refusal in Breastfed Babies

Bottle Refusal in Breastfed Babies

“I assumed all babies would willingly take a bottle…” When you learn about breastfeeding during pregnancy, you hear terms like “supply and demand” and are taught how important a good...
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A Farewell to Breastfeeding

A Farewell to Breastfeeding

Originally written in October 2017 by Megan, dietitian and co-founder of Feeding Littles. I have breastfed for over 52 months. Fifty. Two. Months. Looking back, it flew by. I hardly...
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Should my baby hold their own bottle?

Should my baby hold their own bottle?

One question we have heard often is, “Should my baby be able to hold their own bottle?”   The short answer: yes. We want babies to be able to hold their...
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The Ultimate Guide to Cup Drinking

The Ultimate Guide to Cup Drinking

Confused about cups? You are not alone! One of the most common questions on our private Facebook group and Instagram is “How do I introduce a cup?” We know you have questions about...
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Smarter Spoon-Feeding

Smarter Spoon-Feeding

Many parents who follow Feeding Littles utilize the concept of Baby-led Weaning (BLW), which means that babies feed themselves whole foods from the start. (Don’t worry – it doesn’t mean that baby...
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Why Gagging is Good… As Long as It Improves

Why Gagging is Good… As Long as It Improves

What is gagging, why is it expected, and what can we do if it's not getting better? Read on.   Let’s talk about the biggest source of stress for parents when they...
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Feeding Fiction: Let’s Set the Record Straight

Feeding Fiction: Let’s Set the Record Straight

Feeding a baby or toddler can seem very overwhelming. There are so many routes to take, potential products to buy, things to consider. In a time when parents are bombarded...
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Starting Solids: The Importance of Sitting Unassisted

Starting Solids: The Importance of Sitting Unassisted

Sitting with minimal or no assistance is one of the most important readiness signs for feeding solids. For many babies, unassisted sitting happens around 6 months, which is also when...
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The Pincer Grasp is NOT a Prerequisite to Starting Solid Foods

The Pincer Grasp is NOT a Prerequisite to Starting Solid Foods

Many parents rely on Facebook support groups for information about all things parenting – feeding, behavior, sleep development, potty training, and even car seat safety. With the influx of resources comes an...
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Help Your Baby Learn to Chew + Our Favorite Teethers

Help Your Baby Learn to Chew + Our Favorite Teethers

In our infant course, we talk about offering babies soft finger foods. Many families wonder, “How can babies eat whole – and not pureed – food without teeth?” We love...
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Sweet Berry Constipation Smoothie

Sweet Berry Constipation Smoothie

Let’s talk about poop. OK, so it’s not everyone’s favorite topic, but as a dietitian I discuss it – oftentimes in great detail – with almost all of my clients....
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Benefits of Baby-led Weaning

Benefits of Baby-led Weaning

Baby-led Weaning, or Infant Self-feeding, is an option that many families choose when they start solids foods. Instead of pureeing all of baby's food and spooning it into their mouth, Baby-led...
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What’s the Deal with Babies and Salt?

What’s the Deal with Babies and Salt?

In our infant course on Baby-led Weaning (Infant Self-feeding), we recommend going easy on baby’s salt intake based on available guidelines. So, how much sodium is too much, and do we really need...
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Our Favorite Proteins for Baby-led Weaning

Our Favorite Proteins for Baby-led Weaning

Our clients are surprised to hear that babies as young as 6 months of age can eat meat, poultry and fish. Read on for how to serve it safely and...
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Choking Hazards

Choking Hazards

Choking hazards are food that can block your child's airway and make it difficult or impossible to breathe. Many common foods like raw baby carrot and raw apple are actually...
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Benefits of Offering the Rainbow

Benefits of Offering the Rainbow

We hear that we should eat a “rainbow of color” in our food every day, but what does this mean? Why? We wanted to share some of the benefits of...
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Foodie Judy’s Three Spoon Circus

Foodie Judy’s Three Spoon Circus

Have you noticed that if you let your baby or toddler feed themselves with loaded utensils they are likely to hold the spoon or fork hostage? That's why we created...
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Offer the Rainbow

Offer the Rainbow

We recently featured various veggies and fruits of all the colors of the rainbow on our Instagram account. Our followers asked us to compile the charts into one printable document…so here...
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