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Picky eater? We can help.
Feeding your toddler or school-age child doesn’t have to be a battle. We can help you make small, manageable changes to your food environment, language, and expectations so that meals are enjoyable for the entire family. Our evidence-based strategies give you tools to know how to approach common nutrition and picky eating struggles while raising kids who know how to listen to their bodies.
Toddler & Kid course details
Our self-paced course gives you expert guidance on nutrition and feeding for kids ages 12 months through 10 years of age. Each lesson contains a video you can watch, a script you can read and an audio file you can listen to so you can customize your learning experience.
Our Toddler and Kid Course is mobile-friendly for on-the-go caregivers and guides you in:
- How you influence your child’s behaviors at the table
- The Five Foundations of Mealtime
- Mess and manners
- A framework for understanding your role in feeding your family
- How to get on a successful meal and snack routine (with examples)
- Mealtime traps that many of us fall into
- Creating healthy routines around food
- Common mealtime struggles: throwing food and cups, refusing to sit at the table, refusing food, not eating vegetables, issues in the school lunch room etc.
- 96 meal ideas and 36 snack ideas
- Toddler/kid nutrition – including protein, key vitamins and fluid needs
- How to know if your child is eating enough
- Understanding your child’s growth
- Secrets of feeding therapy – 12 specific techniques to try
- How to encourage your child to eat without bribery, forcing or requiring “one polite bite”
- Handling meal planning, snacks, desserts, and sugar
- A Milk and Weaning eBook for transitioning of breastfeeding/bottles and offering milk, milk alternatives or no milk at all
- 16 beautiful printables, including a letter for caregivers about our philosophies, choking hazards for kids under 4, a protocol for weaning from the screen during mealtime, constipation strategies etc.
- And, much, much more!
The user-friendly format makes this course easy to access for busy parents. Since the course doesn’t expire*, you can take it on your own time and watch it again when you need it. The course takes 2 hours 45 minutes to complete. Bonus content, including sensory and oral-motor challenges, allergies and special diets adds an additional 55 minutes when taken in its entirety.
*Course does not expire as long as Feeding Littles is hosting it.
We have fun at meal time and I’m so much more relaxed and confident.“I signed up for the toddler course one day in tears. EVERY meal with my toddler (2 years old at the time) was a battle. She was barely eating anything and I was so stressed all the time. As soon as I went through just the first 3 modules of the toddler course and put it into practice, I started seeing massive improvements with my daughter. Meals became fun and interactive and no longer felt like a huge chore. Now, we’ve been at it for 2 months and she is eating so much better! We have fun at meal time and I’m so much more relaxed and confident.”
What will you learn during the course?
1. Welcome and introduction
- Meet your expert duo.
- Navigating this course, safety caveat.
- How you give back by purchasing this course.
2. Understanding picky eating and your role in the feeding process
- What is picky eating, and why do kids get picky about food?
- The important role you have in this process.
3. Family meal foundations
- The Five Foundations of Mealtime – start here before trying anything else.
- Handout: Weaning your child from the screen during mealtime.
4. Messy eating and sensory development
- The importance of messy eating.
- Making messy eating a little more doable.
- What about manners?
- Handout: Manners and developmental expectations.
5. An important framework for understanding your role in feeding your family - and your child's role
- The details of this framework.
- How to use it in real-life scenarios.
6. Flexible meal and snack routines
- Flexible routines with sample schedules.
- How to start and end the meal with success.
- What if my child doesn’t want to sit for a meal?
- Handout: Flexible meal and snack routines (by age).
7. Mealtime traps
- Common traps many families fall into, including:
- Hiding vegetables in other foods
- Bedtime challenges
- Offer ’til it’s gone
- and more
8. What do I do when...?
- This step covers 20 of our most comment questions from parents, including:
- What do I do when they ask for candy all day long?
- What do I do when they won’t eat vegetables?
- What do I do when they won’t sit for a meal?
- What do I do when someone makes fun of their lunch at school?
- What do I do when they’re hoarding or sneaking food?
- What do I do when they eat really fast?
9. Language around mealtime, food and your child's body
- How labeling food and our bodies can influence our kids.
- How do we teach kids to eat foods their bodies need without labeling foods “healthy” and “unhealthy”?
- Handout: Teaching kids about “healthy eating.”
- Handout: Letter to providers about your child’s weight gain.
10. It takes a village
- Who is your village and how can you get everyone on the same page?
- The Grandparent Effect.
- Handout: Getting other care providers on the same page about feeding.
11. What foods should I serve my child?
- Vegetables, fruits, protein foods, carbohydrates, fats and high-calcium foods.
- Choking hazards.
- Hydration, sodium and supplements.
- How do I know if my child is eating enough?
- Handout: Milk and weaning ebook.
- Handout: Choking hazards.
- Handout: Calorie boosters.
- Handout: Constipation strategies.
- Handout: Nutrition.
12. Meal planning and restaurant dining
- The basics of meal planning.
- Kids and restaurant dining.
- Handout: Meal inspiration.
13. Involving your child in food, cooking and chores
- Grocery shopping with your child.
- Meal prep and cooking with your child.
- How to keep your sanity when involving your child in meal prep.
14. Snacking and pouches
- How to build a satisfying snack.
- Sample snack routines.
- Common snacking questions.
- What about pouches?
- Handout: Snack inspiration.
15. Desserts and sugar
- Desserts, sugar and your child’s diet.
- Sugar FAQs.
16. Tips for feeding elementary-aged kids
- Promoting independence around food as your child gets older.
- How school can influence how and what your child eats.
17. Feeding therapy strategies
- Why is feeding not going well? How did we get here?
- Understanding the basics of feeding therapy.
- Twelve techniques to try right now.
- Handout: Food Fun.
18. Sensory processing and oral-motor issues
- Understanding the sensory system and potential signs of a problem.
- Understanding your child’s oral-motor development and potential signs of a problem.
- Supporting your child’s sensory and oral-motor systems.
19. Bonus: Allergies and special diets
- Basics of food allergies.
- Substitutions for common food allergens.
- Considerations for dairy-free and plant-based families.
20. How do I know if I need more help?
- Major red flags that warrant further evaluation.
Toddler & Kid Course
How old should my child be when I take your course?
Our Toddler/Kid Course can be taken from around 10 months of age all the way through ten years of age. If your baby or toddler is not self-feeding yet, we recommend starting with our Infant Course first. Our clients report that they wish they had taken our Toddler/Kid Course before they began to struggle with picky eating, as the journey is easier when you know what to do. However, this course was designed for parents and caregivers who were struggling with picky eating or wanting to ensure that their child was getting enough nutrition at any point in their journey, so it can benefit you no matter when you take it. It’s also ideal for caretakers who want to help their child grow up with a healthy relationship with food.
How long is the Toddler/Kid course?
The core content of the Toddler/Kid course takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes hours to complete, broken down into bite-sized lessons. Bonus content, including sensory and oral-motor challenges, allergies and special diets adds an additional 55 minutes when the course is taken in its entirety. To customize your learning experience and cut down on run time, the Toddler/Kid course can be watched as videos, listened to podcast-style or read as a script.
Will this course help me?
Many of our clients report success when taking the course and implementing its strategies. Sometimes making a few small changes makes all the difference. In other cases, clients have to employ many of the techniques used in the course over time to see improvement. If your child does not improve with the techniques in this course or is exhibiting any of the red flags mentioned in it, we recommend seeking a feeding evaluation with an OT or SLP who specializes in feeding. This course does not place individualized therapy when it’s warranted.
Does this course include meal ideas and recipes?
Yes, our Toddler/Kid course has 96 meal ideas and 36 snack ideas. We have included some recipes in the course, but if you want even more please check out our cookbook Feeding Littles and Beyond.
Can I go back and watch the course as my child gets older?
Yes, our courses are yours once you buy them, as long as we are in the business of hosting them! Feel free to watch it again as your child grows and changes.
I am a feeding professional. Do you offer CEUs for your courses?
At this time, our courses are not approved for CEUs for many health professionals. However, many childcare professionals or allied health professionals have been able to use our courses toward CEU hours by submitting a request to their certifying agency. If you need a certificate of completion for taking our courses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org