Many of the clients I see are struggling to feed their 6-12 month old. Frustrated by their minimal intake or blatant refusal to eat, they worry that their child is not getting the nutrition their growing little bodies need. It is a period of constant development that happens at different speeds for different babies. Often times it is our own expectations of where they should be with their feeding skills and development that leads us to feeling worried and results in unpleasant mealtimes for both you and your baby. Here are a few tips on when and how to introduce solid foods to your 5-7 month old, but for more individualized support for your family consider contacting me to book a private consultation.
Confession… I HATE making lunches. I always have. That’s why I always just take dinner leftovers for my own lunch, but that doesn’t always work for kids school lunches. You’ve probably seen the dizzying array of themed lunchbox ideas on Pinterest, but I really truly don’t know who has the time (or energy) to do that on the regular. Which is why I’ve focused on ideas for quick and easy balanced lunches for busy families.
Here are my top tips to pack a quick and nutritious lunchbox for your little one:
Often called the “sunshine vitamin”, Vitamin D has been a pretty hot topic in recent years with new research of it’s purported benefits coming out regularly. It’s also one of few nutrition supplements widely recommended by health care professionals for a variety of ages and stages.
So what’s the deal with Vitamin D and should you and your kids be taking a supplement? Here’s my nutrition snapshot of what you need to know:
“Yuck”, “Gross”, “I’m not hungry”, “No way”… if this sounds all too familiar to you then you need to keep reading!
In my work as a Pediatric Dietitian, a concept that I continually put into practice is the Division of Responsibility in Feeding. This is a term coined by the fabulous and funny Ellyn Satter, Dietitian and childhood feeding guru, and essentially means parents choose what foods to offer at meals and snacks and kids choose how much to eat.
Whether you’re just starting to feed your kid solid foods, helping your picky eater, or trying to banish mealtime meltdowns, the most important thing is consistency. Kids are smart and quickly learn what to do to get their way. You just need to learn how to out-smart your kids, and the fact that you’re reading this means you’re already one step closer!