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19 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
#70: What to say to toddlers to get them to eat (without pressure!)
In this episode, I run through some examples of what you can say to your toddler to create a no pressure environment that gets them to eat. I give you some tips that will make meal time conversations a breeze, and help encourage your toddler to try new foods. Now, they may not try a new food the very first time it’s offered to them, but with exposure and the phrases I’m sharing with you today, your child will learn a growth mindset and be more open to trying new foods in the future. Following these suggestions will create a pressure free environment that considers your toddler’s feelings, and gets them to explore food at their own pace. The number one tip I find that works wonders on setting the right environment going into a meal, is to have no agenda of getting them to eat anything. This takes the pressure off of you, as the parent who’s providing the food, and off your toddler, who’s the one deciding how much they want to eat. When you approach mealtime, I want you to think “this is not about eating and nutrition at all” and when you get into that mindset, you can be more neutral in terms of how you speak to them. This removes some of that emotion that may make you say things that can be pressuring. Instead, the focus will now be on using factual statements only. Don’t worry, I’ve got all the examples you need in this episode. If you find these tips helpful, please take a few minutes to go over to Apple Podcasts to leave a quick review. It would be great to hear from you and get your feedback on this episode, or on the podcast in general. Don’t forget to subscribe, so you don’t miss out on future episodes! Additional Resources: If you’re interested in learning more about how to achieve stress-free, healthy meal times with your toddler, while squashing picky eating in its tracks, then my Feeding Toddlers Course is for you. Sign up today for a step-by-step instruction on how to feed your toddler. If you’ve got the foundational knowledge from completing one of my courses and you’re looking for more support, then you may want to join our Little Eaters Club. You’ll have access to a private Facebook group full of supportive parents who want to share in your feeding journey and answer any questions you may have. The Little Eaters Club also includes extra resources and free coaching calls with me, if you’re a course grad, so join today. FEEDING TODDLERS COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/ LITTLE EATERS CLUB: https://mylittleeater.com/little-eaters-club/ MORE ABOUT TALKING TO TODDLERS AT MEALS: https://mylittleeater.com/talking-to-toddlers/ Skip To… Stop focusing on how much they eat and their nutrition (2:20) State only the facts and remember to empathize (7:13) If they don’t like everything – that’s ok! (11:04) Don’t let your toddler take over your role in feeding (14:39)
17 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
#69: Overwhelmed and confused with feeding info? Find clarity, calm, and confidence with this major piece of advice!
In this quick tip episode, I’m giving you my best advice on curing that sense of overwhelm that comes with information overload in the parenting world! I think you know what I mean…you’re scrolling social media and there’s one tip on something, you go a little further and there’s another…but it’s the exact opposite of the first one. What do you do? Who do you trust? What’s the right answer?! I’ve been there, I’m navigating the pre-teen world right now, and it’s so new, and it’s so overwhelming! I love having access to experts at my finger tips, thanks to Instagram, but at the same time, I recognize that it can cause me a lot of stress, and cause some self-doubt to sneak into my parenting. And from the messages I get on Instagram, the same is happening to you! I hear things like… “We’re starting solids soon, but I have no idea where to start, and I can’t decide how to feed them!” OR… “My toddler is barely eating anything, they’re not growing. I feel like I’ve tried everything, every tip out there. I don’t know what to do.” If you heard my interview with Dr. Becky at Good Inside last week, then you know she defines confidence as trusting that your feelings are right, and ok, in the absence of certainty. So you don’t question your feelings, you trust in what they’re telling you, and therefore in what you decide to do based on those feelings. This is what I want for you. I want you to know that even if you don’t know what to do, or you feel something an expert is suggesting isn’t a good fit for you, that’s ok. None of this reflects on whether you’re a good parent or not. You’re a good parent whether you know exactly what to do, or not. So, to get that level of confidence, I have ONE tip that is super easy to try, but maybe not always as easy to follow, if I’m being honest. I want you to try it out for a month, and see how it goes. It’s been a life saver for me, and my stress-levels, and I feel much more confident in the choices I make as a parent, as a result. As always, if you get value from this episode, please remember to subscribe, rate, and review it at Apple Podcasts, it helps me so much and I’m incredibly grateful for it! Additional Resources: If you think you need a one-stop-shop to get all your feeding answers, and you trust me (which I so hope you do!), check out my online courses. I even have a bundle discount for buying both, which sets you up for success and confidence in feeding for the next 7+ years! ONLINE COURSES: https://mylittleeater.com/online-courses/ THE FEEDING BUNDLE: https://courses.mylittleeater.com/offers/FMTgKHot/checkout INTERVIEW WITH DR. BECKY KENNEDY: https://mylittleeater.com/68-confident-parenting/ Skip To… Information overwhelm in parenting (0:46) Overwhelm in feeding your kids (6:29) Today’s quick tip (10:47)
37 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
#68: Eliminate uncertainty and become the confident parent you’re meant to be with Dr. Becky Kennedy
In this episode, I’m so, so excited to talk with Dr. Becky Kennedy, a very popular clinical psychologist that you probably know from Instagram. Her content really resonates with me, and I just love how confident it makes me feel as a parent, so I wanted you to have the chance to experience it too! The topic we dive into today is, you guessed it, confidence. Here at My Little Eater™, we aim to be there for you to help you feel confident on your feeding journey with your baby, and hopefully this episode will help carry that into other aspects of parenting as well. Today, Dr. Becky shares a great definition of what confidence is, that’s a little different from the mainstream media, and we talk through how you can use it to feel confident as a parent and to approach confidence building moments with your children. She even runs through a script of what to say when your child comes to the table, and then 2 minutes later, decides they’re done with the meal. She gives you the tools you need to build confidence in your child, while holding firmly to your boundaries. You’ll find out exactly what to expect will happen from using this strategy, and what results you’ll see eventually, with consistency. I really hope you enjoy this episode with Dr. Becky, and if you get any value at ALL, please head over to Apple Podcasts and subscribe, rate, and review it. It’s a great way to help me get this podcast out to other parents like you, who are looking for strategies to raise happy and healthy families with confidence. Additional Resources: If you want to learn more about breaking generational cycles, how to do things differently from how you were raised, how to shift intergenerational patterns, and get strategies to make those changes, check out Dr. Becky’s Reparenting Ourselves workshop. REPARENTING OURSELVES WORKSHOP: https://learning.goodinside.com/courses/reparenting-ourselves FOLLOW DR. BECKY ON INSTAGRAM: @drbeckyatgoodinside GOOD INSIDE PODCAST WITH DR. BECKY: https://goodinside.com/podcast/ FIND MORE COURSES AND WORKSHOPS WITH DR. BECKY: https://learning.goodinside.com/ If you’re ready to feel confident when feeding your babies and toddlers, check out my online courses to learn more and get started now! https://mylittleeater.com/online-courses/ Dr. Becky’s Bio: Dr. Becky Kennedy is a clinical psychologist specializing in anxiety, resilience, and parenting. She specializes in thinking deeply about what’s happening for kids and translating these ideas into simple, actionable strategies for parents to use in their homes. Dr. Becky’s goal is to empower parents to feel sturdier and more equipped to manage the challenges of parenting. Dr. Becky runs a popular Instagram page, @drbeckyatgoodinside, has a Top Kids and Family Podcast, Good Inside with Dr. Becky, and authors a weekly newsletter, Good Insider. She also runs a variety of virtual parenting and self-care workshops, lectures on various mental health issues, and consults for organizations. Dr. Becky received a BA in Psychology and Human Development, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, from Duke University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. She is a mother of three young kids and lives in NY. Skip To… Meet Dr. Becky (3:54) Definition of confidence (8:55) Confidence in toddlerhood (16:07) Example of confidence building and setting boundaries (21:24) What it means if your child cries, or has a tantrum, as a result (28:13) How the way YOU were raised affects your ability to build confidence as a parent (31:32)
16 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
#67: How to serve peanuts to babies and toddlers
In this episode, I’m continuing on with my “How to serve…” series, and today I’m talking all about peanuts! This is a food that many parents feel a lot of hesitation about, due to the fact that it’s the top allergen for children in North America. This fact can cause a lot of anxiety for parents, which may result in them delaying the introduction of peanuts, but the newest research tells us we need to introduce them early and often to decrease the chance of an allergy developing. So my goal is to give you all the details on how to do this safely to help relieve some of that anxiety! Now, most of you will know that I believe the right time for starting solids is when your baby is showing all the developmental signs of readiness. This is typically around 6 months of age, maybe a week or two earlier or later, depending on the child. But, with peanuts, in some cases an allergist may ask you to introduce them even earlier, even around 4 months of age, if there’s a family history of allergy as this may help decrease the chance of an allergy even further. So today, I’ll share how to do this safely from 4 months of age, and then also chat about serving them all the way up to older than 2 years of age. I’ll also be explaining how this all fits into my signature Texture Timeline™ tool for advancing in textures. So, take a minute and download this episode so you can listen to it when you have a spare 15 minutes, because it’s a must listen for ALL parents! As always, if you get value from this episode, please rate and review it at Apple Podcasts! Additional Resources: If you want to learn all my best tips for how to safely serve all foods from the very beginning so that you confidently move through each phase of feeding your baby to prevent picky eating, the Baby Led Feeding course is for you! BABY LED FEEDING ONLINE COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/ TEXTURE TIMELINE™ CHALLENGE: https://courses.mylittleeater.com/texturetimelinechallenge MORE ON INTRODUCING PEANUTS & TREE NUTS: https://mylittleeater.com/introducingpeanutsandtreenuts/ SERVING PEANUTS SAFELY: https://mylittleeater.com/peanuts Skip To… Facts and nutrition on peanuts (2:27) How to serve peanuts: 4 – 6 months old (6:07) How to serve peanuts: 6 months – 2 years old (9:30) How to serve peanuts: 2 years old and up (13:20)
17 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
#66: Can babies digest starch?
In this episode, I’m sharing with you all the research I’ve done on babies and toddlers digesting starch. This is another topic that I’ve been asked about several times by worried parents who are just trying to decide what food is best to serve as a first food for their baby. I’m glad that I can clear up any confusion about grains rotting in a baby’s gut – which is the main point of what I’ve been hearing, and is not exactly true! So it’s time for some myth-busting! Starting with, explaining what starch is, and what food it’s found in. You may be surprised…it’s in more foods than just grains, and it would be hard to avoid giving them to your baby. Then, I break down exactly how starch is digested by your baby, and bust that myth that babies can’t digest it. Finally, I get into why it’s important to introduce starches at around 6 months of age, rather than waiting until they’re 2 years old. If you get value from this episode, please subscribe, rate, and review it at Apple Podcasts. I would really appreciate it, and it helps get this podcast out to other parents like you to help them with feeding their babies too! Additional Resources: If you’re interested in learning more about what foods are best for your baby, how to serve them, how to prevent picky eating, and how to advance your baby onto finger foods in a non-stressful way, then my Baby Led Feeding Course is for you. Sign up today for a step by step instruction on how to feed your baby. BABY LED FEEDING COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/ MORE ABOUT DIGESTING STARCH: https://mylittleeater.com/babies-and-starch Skip To: What is starch? (3:16) How is starch digested? (4:10) How is it digested in babies? (6:44) Should you wait to introduce starches to your baby? (12:59)
11 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
#65: Plates for babies & toddlers: What age to use them, divided or not, and my favourite plate recommendations
Today’s quick tip is all about choosing the right plate for your baby or toddler! Parents ask me all the time about what products I recommend for starting solids, and then also for picky eaters – and one of their main concerns is choosing the “right” plate. So today I’m going to share some of my favourites, and my best tips for picking plates for your kiddos. First, I share all the traits I personally look for when shopping. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the baby section of every store is filled with numerous options for everything – and everything says that it’s recommended, or backed by research, etc. So how do you choose? I’ll give you my list of what to look for when shopping for plates for babies and toddlers, and then also answer the popular question – divided or undivided? Finally, I cover when you should start using them, brand recommendations, and if you really need the ones that suction to the table/tray (spoiler…yes, you probably do!). As always, if you get value from this episode, please rate and review it at Apple Podcasts! And let me know your favourite plate – maybe there’s another new one out there I’m missing! Additional Resources: ONLINE COURSES: https://mylittleeater.com/online-courses/ LITTLE EATERS CLUB: https://mylittleeater.com/little-eaters-club/ CANADIAN AMAZON SHOP: https://www.amazon.ca/shop/mylittleeater US AMAZON SHOP: https://www.amazon.com/shop/mylittleeater SHOP EZPZ: https://shrsl.com/326pa FOOD THROWING TIPS: https://mylittleeater.com/10-simple-tips-to-eliminate-food-throwing-for-good/ MORE ON PLATES: https://mylittleeater.com/best-plates Skip To… What to look for in plates (1:05) When to introduce a plate (2:15) Divided vs. undivided plates (5:03) Why you need suction plates (9:05) *Please note that I do receive a small commission from any products purchased from the links in this post. But, this comes at no additional cost to you, and I will only ever link items that I FULLY support and stand behind! These small commissions help me keep my website alive and kicking so I can continue to provide you with valuable feeding info.
27 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
#64: How and when to use food chaining for your picky eater with Heidi Miller, SLP
In this episode, I had the chance to sit down with Heidi Miller, a speech language pathologist who specializes in extreme picky eating. She is also the author of the HMS Feeding Protocol which she uses to treat picky eating and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). She gives us her perspective on using food chaining to ease picky eating with children. She also gives an example of food chaining and shows us how you can get your child to go from eating chicken nuggets, to chicken Milanese! This episode will give you a little insight into what feeding therapy might look like. But before trying this technique, you might want to determine if your child is simply picky, or if there’s something else at work and they’re a true problem feeder. In some cases, a referral to a feeding specialist may be needed, such as an SLP like Heidi, or an OT – you just want to make sure they specialize in feeding! If you have questions for Heidi, you can DM her on Instagram @hmsfeedingandspeech. As always, please feel free to leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts if you’ve enjoyed this episode, or you found the information useful. I would really appreciate it so that I can get this podcast out to other parents like you, and help them with feeding their babies and toddlers too. Don’t forget to subscribe, so you don’t miss out when new episodes are released! Additional Resources: For more about feeding your toddler, including other strategies used in feeding therapy to prevent or manage picky eating, check out my Feeding Toddlers online course. It’s time to enjoy happier mealtimes with your toddler! FEEDING TODDLERS: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/ If you’re a speech therapist, or occupational therapist, that’s interested in using the HMS Feeding Protocol to expand your picky eater’s food list, you can find it here. (https://heidimillerspeech.com/) CONNECT WITH HEIDI ON INSTAGRAM: @hmsfeedingandspeech DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITY: https://mylittleeater.com/9-the-one-feeding-strategy-that-will-change-mealtimes-forever/ WHEN PICKY EATING MOVES FROM NORMAL TO EXTREME: https://mylittleeater.com/pickyeatingspectrum/ VISUAL SENSORY STEPS BY HMS FEEDING: Heidi’s Bio: Heidi Miller MS, CCC-SLP, COM is a speech language pathologist, feeding specialist and certified orofacial myologist who works with children (0-18) and families to improve their speech and feeding skills. Heidi has a specific interest in picky eating. She recently published the HMS Feeding Therapy Protocol for Expanding Repertoire of Picky Eaters and Children with ARFID to help other speech therapists and occupational therapists treat this population. Heidi believes through her 20 years of experience treating this population she has developed a treatment protocol that empowers the child and allows them to confidently learn to eat new foods in a safe environment. Heidi has a true passion for this work as eating can be very challenging and disruptive to a family who has a child that struggles with a limited repertoire. Heidi Miller holds a Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University, Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin- Madison and Minor in Education. Skip To: Heidi’s perspective on food chaining (4:26) The importance of the division of responsibility (8:27) How to explain the process to your child (14:20) Is your child a picky eater or a problem feeder? (17:07) Food chaining example (21:24)
13 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
#63: How to Serve Strawberries to Your Baby or Toddler
In today’s episode, I’m sharing the first of a new series I’m going to be doing on how to serve various types of food! This is something that I do, in much more detail, inside my Baby Led Feeding online course, and I know it’s a highly requested topic, so I wanted to begin sharing more about how to safely serve various foods, and where they fit in my signature Texture Timeline™, as well. Today, I’m starting with a wonderful summer fruit, something that’s in season where I live right now, and is so delicious…strawberries! These are a great option to serve to your baby for many reasons, and I go into some nutritional facts, and allergen facts, regarding strawberries in this episode too. Finally, I share how to safely serve them at different stages for babies, and for toddlers. As always, if you enjoyed this quick tip episode, please leave me a short review – I read every one! I’d love to hear what you think, or ideas for future episodes, so please head over to Apple Podcasts and leave that info in a review there. Additional Resources: If you’re looking to confidently move through each phase of feeding your baby in order to prevent picky eating, you need my Baby Led Feeding online course! BABY LED FEEDING: https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/ And, if you’re looking to begin progressing through textures, but don’t know where to start or how to move forward, sign up for my FREE Texture Timeline™ Challenge to learn about the different phases and practice with some recipes that I provide for each phase. TEXTURE TIMELINE™ CHALLENGE: https://courses.mylittleeater.com/texturetimelinechallenge EP. 54 ON BUYING ORGANIC: https://mylittleeater.com/54-organic/ OATMEAL FINGERS RECIPE: https://mylittleeater.com/basic-oatmeal-fingers-for-baby-family/ Skip To… Facts on strawberries (2:16) How to safely serve strawberries to babies (6:26) Serving strawberries to toddlers (10:35)
27 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
#62: Do Toddlers Need Bedtime Snacks? Learn When To Offer Them, What Types of Foods To Offer, and When They Can Be Problematic!
In this episode, I’m answering a question a lot of you have asked… “Do toddlers need bedtime snacks?”. I’m sure this has happened to you, your toddler comes to you just before bed and says: “I’m hungry!”. So, do you give your little one something to eat, or are they just stalling? Today, I’ll clear up any confusion around this topic. There are a few things to consider when choosing if a bedtime snack is needed, such as when the last time they ate was, and what time they’re going to bed. I’ll explain what the purpose of a bedtime snack is, when it’s warranted, and when it isn’t – that’s right, I don’t always recommend a bedtime snack! However, for the times when a bedtime snack IS actually warranted, I’ll go over some tips to keep in mind, along with any exceptions to the rule. Lastly, I include how to put the snack into your schedule and give you ideas for good bedtime snacks to serve. So, please tune in and find out if your toddler needs a snack before bed, and what to actually serve them if they do! As always, if you’ve enjoyed this episode, or you found the information useful, please feel free to leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This allows me to get this podcast out to parents like you who are looking for help with feeding their babies and toddlers too. Oh… and don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll get notified when our new episodes are released! If you have any questions, just head over to Instagram, @mylittleeater, and send me a DM. I’d love to hear from you! Additional Resources: Have you joined the Little Eaters Club yet? If you do, you’ll get access to a ton of recipes designed for the whole family, and I’ve tested every one so I know you’ll like them. We also have an ever growing video library covering common challenges and frequently asked questions, along with guides, resources, and so much more! All for the exclusive founding member’s pricing of $14 per month – for life – when you sign up before midnight on June 28th (ADT). You can try it out and cancel at any time, so come join our community today! LITTLE EATERS CLUB: https://mylittleeater.com/little-eaters-club/ FEEDING TODDLERS COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/ FEEDING SCHEDULES FOR TODDLERS: https://mylittleeater.com/14-feeding-schedules-for-toddlers/ THE DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITY: https://mylittleeater.com/9-the-one-feeding-strategy-that-will-change-mealtimes-forever/ BUILDING HEALTHY TODDLER MEALS AND SNACKS: https://mylittleeater.com/my-golden-rule-to-building-healthy-toddler-meals-and-snacks/ WHY A LITTLE HUNGER IS NOT AN EMERGENCY: https://mylittleeater.com/why-a-little-hunger-is-not-an-emergency/ MORE ON BEDTIME SNACKS FOR TODDLERS: https://mylittleeater.com/bedtimesnacks/ Skip To: Purpose of the bedtime snack (3:42) When are bedtime snacks warranted (7:03) Tips to keep in mind when planning bedtime snacks (8:43) Exceptions to the rule (16:37) Ideas for bedtime snacks (22:56)
10 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
#61: Should Your Toddler Sit at a Kid’s Table or at the Family Table?
In today’s quick tip episode, I’m addressing a really common question that I get about whether or not it’s ok to use a kid’s table for toddlers. Montessori style tables where kids can sit at them independently without the need for a booster seat, or high chair, are very popular. And I can definitely see the appeal! So today I’ll break down what I like about them, as well as provide you with the top 4 reasons that I actually don’t recommend them. Despite the positives that I see from them, like the increased independence and social interaction with other children their own age, there are many reasons why I will always choose to recommend eating together at a family table, over separate tables for kids and adults. Now, I’m not one for an all or nothing approach, you know that! I truly believe you have to decide what works best for your family, and take this information and consider whether changing up how you currently do mealtimes at your house is something you’d like to try. As always, if you enjoyed this quick tip episode, please leave me a quick review – I read every one! I’d love to hear what you think, or ideas for future episodes, so please head over to Apple Podcasts and leave that info in a review there. Additional Resources: If you’re looking to have happier mealtimes with your toddler, it’s time to enroll in my Feeding Toddlers online course! FEEDING TODDLERS: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/ And if you need that little extra boost of support, encouragement, and knowledge to keep raising a healthy little eater, you need to be part of my membership program, the Little Eaters Club! LITTLE EATERS CLUB: https://mylittleeater.com/little-eaters-club/ MORE ON KID’S TABLES: https://mylittleeater.com/kids-versus-family-table Skip To… What I like about kid’s tables (1:52) 4 Reasons I don’t recommend kid’s tables (2:53)
28 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
# 60: What My Hubby Thinks of My Feeding Approach, His Role In Feeding, and How To Let Go as a Mom
This special Father’s Day episode is one that you’re gonna love! I’m honoring the Father’s role in feeding – whatever that may look like – by getting all the details and tips from my own husband, Jimmy Kennedy! Now, usually there’s one parent that’s more invested in the feeding role than the other. However, there is no hard and fast rule around this. Often I see Moms are much more involved in feeding their kids, especially if they’re the ones around them more. It all starts with the first year of life, where Mom may be breastfeeding, or they’re on maternity leave with the baby. They’re the first one starting solids with their baby, or they may be present for more of their meals. But there are more and more families who are making this a joint role, which is amazing to see! Nowadays, there are many Dads joining our client support group, now known as the Little Eaters Club. In fact, we’re seeing an increase in Dads sending us messages asking about our philosophies and teachings. They’ve done the research about feeding and are struggling because their wives want to take a different approach. It can be so challenging trying to find balance between two different approaches. My husband and I touched on this topic briefly today, but I’ll dive in deeper in a podcast that’s coming soon. So please stay tuned! For today though, we’ll share our different approaches to feeding, some tips that helped our kids become independent, adventurous eaters, and some advice for all the new Dads out there. If you get value from this episode, please leave a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts. This helps me get this podcast out to parents like you who are looking for strategies to help with feeding their babies and toddlers too. Oh… and don’t forget to subscribe, so you’ll get notified when new episodes drop! Additional Resources: The Little Eaters Club officially launched this week…. Yay! You’ll have access to baby and toddler friendly recipes that the whole family will enjoy, an ever growing video library covering common challenges and FAQs, as well as resources and guides to make feeding way easier. Join in on the fun today! LITTLE EATERS CLUB: https://mylittleeater.com/little-eaters-club/ READ ABOUT THE INTERVIEW HERE: https://mylittleeater.com/fathers-feeding Skip To: Meet my husband, Jimmy (4:14) Tips to raise independent, adventurous eaters (8:30) My feeding approach vs. Jimmy’s feeding approach (13:14) Advice to find balance between two different feeding approaches (16:35) Advice for new Dads that want to be more involved (18:12)
12 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
#59: Can babies have spices? Which ones? How much?
In this quick tip episode, I’m busting one of the most common myths I hear about baby food – “Babies can only have bland food!”. Not true! As you may or may not know, I am a huge proponent of offering your baby a variety of foods right from day 1 of starting solids. And to me this means also including a variety of herbs and spices. So today I’m going to share with you 4 reasons why it’s OK to offer your baby spices, right from their very first solid meal. And I’ll also explain about this window of opportunity that exists for training your baby’s taste buds, and just how I recommend you do so. Finally, I’ll finish off with some easy spice combinations that you can try out at home to take action on this quick tip and start enjoying more flavourful food with your baby today! If you get value from this episode, please take 1 minute to head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a rating and review (and don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there!). This means the world to me and helps me get this podcast in front of more parents like you who are looking for strategies to help with feeding their babies and toddlers too! Additional Resources: If you’re ready to confidently move through each phase of feeding your baby to prevent picky eating, check out my Baby Led Feeding online course! You’ll find everything you need in there to get started and continue to progress, along with some things you may have never even thought of! BABY LED FEEDING: https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/ FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM FOR MORE QUICK TIPS: @mylittleeater SAVOURY YOGURT IDEAS: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-AQZkgHRJc/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link MORE ON SPICES: https://mylittleeater.com/spices/ Skip To… Myth: Babies need bland food (0:58) 4 Reasons to add spices to baby food (2:38) Spice and flavour combinations (7:54)
16 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
#56: BBQ for Babies and Toddlers – Unique Food Ideas and How to Keep it Healthy and Safe
In this episode, I reveal one of my favourite ways of cooking food in the summer…it’s barbequing! I’m answering a question that has come up a few times in my DMs: “How do I keep BBQ food healthy and safe for my baby or toddler, or even for myself, from a cancer perspective?” I’ve investigated the best methods to make serving barbeque food to your baby more safe, and I’ll give you all the tips in this episode. I’ll also share with you some fun food ideas that are appropriate for both babies and toddlers. All of the information I share today is strictly for your knowledge, and at the end of the day, you need to decide what feels best for your family. I will say that we absolutely BBQ all summer, do we do it daily? No, probably not. But I love the benefits of doing so, and truly feel good about this decision for my family. And I want you to use this information so that you can feel good about the decision you make for your family too, whatever that will be. If you found this episode helpful please leave me a review, it means the world to me. Just hit 5 stars and leave me a line or two about what you loved, on Apple Podcasts! Without these reviews, it’s really hard for me to reach more parents like yourself, and I really want to help as many parents as I can – so please leave your thoughts, share about it, and subscribe. Additional Resources: If you’re looking for more… more topics like this, more information on your child’s nutrition, or more tips and support to help you feel confident when feeding your child, then you want inside the Little Eaters Club. It launches soon, so sign up for the waitlist. You’ll be the first to know and to get access to the exclusive founding member’s price, plus you’ll receive a special bonus with enrollment just for being on the list! Once you’re part of the LEC, you’ll have access to monthly recipes, nutrition guides, guest expert talks, and a community of supportive parents! WAITLIST: https://courses.mylittleeater.com/lec-waitlist HOW TO SERVE MEAT TO BABIES/TODDLERS: https://mylittleeater.com/how-to-serve-meat-to-babies-toddlers/ MORE ON BBQ FOR BABIES: https://mylittleeater.com/bbq-food Skip To: Is BBQ safe for kids? (2:03) Tips for keeping your baby safe (6:17) Unique, non-meat, food ideas for the BBQ (11:06)
12 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Bonus: Get your toddler to eat MEAT with these 5 FOOD PLAY IDEAS!
In this quick tip episode, I’m letting you in on my top 5 ideas for encouraging your toddler to explore meat! Now, does this mean they’ll definitely eat it? No! But, exploring food, touching food, playing with food… these are all great first steps towards actually eating the food. When it comes to picky eating, the strategies are not immediate, there is no one magical, quick fix. But, there are really effective strategies that you can use, at home, to help them make progress, and baby steps, towards being adventurous and trying a food that they’d usually ignore. One of those strategies is food play. I go over why it’s so important to let your toddler play with their food – even at the dinner table – and how to do so in a strategic, non-pressured way, to help encourage them, and work towards seeing some success. If you get value from this episode, please take 1 minute to head over to Apple Podcasts to leave a rating and review (and don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there!). This means the world to me and helps me get this podcast in front of more parents like you who are looking for strategies to help with feeding their babies and toddlers too! Additional Resources: If you want more info on how to manage picky eating, with a complete step-by-step strategy, and all the nutritional info you need to feed your toddler healthily, it’s time to enroll in my Feeding Toddlers online course! With everything you need to tackle those picky eating tendencies that often show up in toddlerhood, this course is your ticket to happier mealtimes with your toddler. FEEDING TODDLERS: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/ FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM FOR MORE FOOD PLAY IDEAS: @mylittleeater CANADIAN AMAZON SHOP: https://www.amazon.ca/shop/mylittleeater US AMAZON SHOP: https://www.amazon.com/shop/mylittleeater Skip To… Why try food play? (1:09) 5 Simple ideas for food play with meat (4:57) Bonus tip (10:41)
27 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
#56: Solo-parenting as a Military Spouse: Parenting on Your Own and the Importance of Community
In this episode, I have the absolute pleasure of talking with Amy Morris, our Project Director & Community Manager here at My Little Eater™. We discuss her life as a military wife, and her time solo-parenting while her husband is deployed. She has some great tips to share with you for when you’re holding down the fort at home, alone. We all know parenting isn’t easy, but there can be added challenges as a solo-parent…whether you’re a single parent, or your partner travels for work, or they’re in the military. Solo-parenting means one parent is making all the decisions, and doing ALL the things to raise a child on their own, at least temporarily (because single parenting comes with other unique experiences too). So in honour of Canadian Armed Forces Day, which is celebrated on the first Sunday of June every year, I’m highlighting what it means to be a solo-parent from a military wife’s point of view. We’re talking about parenting on your own, feeding babies and toddlers on your own, and the importance of community. As always, if you get any value from this episode, please leave me a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Without these it’s really hard for me to reach more parents like yourself, and I really want to help as many parents as I can – so please leave your thoughts, share about it, and subscribe. Additional Resources: As I mentioned above, we talked about how important it is to have a community for support while raising your little ones. That’s why I want to invite you to join the Little Eaters Club! It’s the new membership community at My Little Eater™. You’ll have access to our wonderful, non-judgmental community, get support, and get all the answers you need to your feeding questions. There’s a huge, and ever-growing, library of resources, monthly recipes, monthly coaching calls, teachings from guest experts, and more! If you’re interested, join now to get access to the exclusive founding member’s pricing of $14 per month – for life when you sign up before midnight on June 28th (ADT). LITTLE EATERS CLUB: https://mylittleeater.com/little-eaters-club/ BABY LED FEEDING COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/ FEEDING TODDLERS COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/ MORE ON SOLO-PARENTING: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-kids-solo Amy’s Bio: Amy Morris is the Project Director and Community Manager at My Little Eater™. She’s also Mom to two little girls, ages 4 and 2, with another baby on the way. She’s a military spouse who’s just trying to keep everything together, especially when her husband is away for work. She believes in doing the bare minimum when life gets hectic, being proud of all you accomplish as a solo-parent (even if to others it doesn’t look like a lot), and prioritizing the things that will bring you and your kids joy, over other things like dishes and laundry. You can find her in the Little Eaters Club on Facebook, and she’s always willing to give you support if you reach out! Skip To: Welcome Amy! (2:02) Prepping for your spouse to leave (7:25) Tips for making meal time a success (11:05) Setting boundaries or schedules without back-up (16:13) What to do when you feel overwhelmed (19:02) Getting help when you need it (20:59) Last words of advice (23:50)
12 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Bonus: WHAT IT FEELS LIKE when we PRESSURE our kids at the table (and why we need to stop)
In this special bonus quick tip episode, I want you to place yourself in your toddler’s shoes at mealtime. I’ll provide you with a scenario that I want you to imagine, really get into the character, and realize how you’d feel in that position… Your friend brings you to a restaurant that they’re really raving about – they love it, it’s going to be good, there’s a lot of build up to this special night out. So already you’re feeling the pressure. The chef makes a special meal just for you, they bring it to the table, and it’s a plate of crickets. Note: for the purposes of this scenario, I want you to pretend that you don’t usually eat this food, and you didn’t even know it was a food despite the fact that we know that in many cultures this is part of their regular diet and is eaten quite often. For this scenario, pretend that you didn’t know and have never had them before. After serving your plate, the chef joins you and your friend and watches you while you eat – or don’t eat. They’re encouraging you to take a bite, they say it’s so good, you have to try it. The pressure continues to mount, you politely decline, but they keep pushing. How are you feeling if you’re in this scenario? How might you start to act? Listen in to hear me talk you through the emotions, the forms of pressure, and then I’ll discuss how this relates to your toddler’s picky eating. I want you to understand how it feels for them sometimes at meals, even if we think the food is something that is really good, really common to eat, etc. For them, it could be completely unknown, scary, and not something they’re comfortable with trying. See the parallels? Don’t miss my quick tip for the day to start turning these situations around now! And as always, please head over to whichever platform you listen at and subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode! Remember to go to Apple Podcasts in order to leave a rating and review as well, I appreciate it so much. Additional Resources: If you want more info on how to manage or prevent picky eating, with a complete step-by-step strategy, and all the nutritional info you need to feed your toddler healthily, it’s time to enroll in my Feeding Toddlers online course! FEEDING TODDLERS: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/ FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM FOR MORE QUICK TIPS: @mylittleeater Skip To… Put yourself in your toddler’s shoes (1:58) How empathy helps with picky eating (5:13) Quick tip of the day (9:21)
25 minutes | May 27, 2021
#54: ORGANIC FOOD for Babies – What You NEED to Know and WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT YOU as a Parent
In this episode, I’m giving you all the information you need in order to decide if you should buy organic food for your family. Maybe you’ve noticed that a lot of baby food packages tout the organic label in the baby food aisle, but is organic really better? We’ll chat about the differences between organic and non-organic foods, and get into the pros and cons. I’ll also share some tips to find balance between organic and non-organic, like buying fresh organic fruits and veggies when they’re in season and more reasonably priced. And, when they’re out of season, substituting them with something else to help with the costs. Additionally, we’ll talk about pesticide residues, and I’ll give you the lowdown on which fruits and veggies are likely to have the highest levels. As always if you get any value from this episode please leave me a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Without these it’s really hard for me to reach more parents like yourself, and I really want to help as many parents as I can – so please leave your thoughts, share about it, and subscribe. Additional Resources: If you want in on the Little Eaters Club as soon as it launches so you can continue learning all of the nuanced tips and tricks that I’ll be sharing, sign up for the waitlist to be the first to know and to get access to the exclusive founding member’s price! Once you’re part of the LEC, you’ll have access to advanced learning through an extensive video library that will grow each month, monthly recipes, monthly coaching calls, and a community of supportive parents! You have to be a client of one of my courses to get in on the club, so don’t wait to grab one of those, and hop on the list to find out when the LEC launches! WAITLIST: https://courses.mylittleeater.com/lec-waitlist BABY LED FEEDING COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/ FEEDING TODDLERS COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/ THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE SAFEST FISH FOR YOUR BABY: https://mylittleeater.com/bestfish/ ORGANIC BLOG POST: https://mylittleeater.com/organic-foods ORGANIC FOODS SHOPPING LIST: https://courses.mylittleeater.com/episode-54-organic-foods Skip To… Defining organic and non-organic foods (2:21) What are the risks of consuming foods with pesticide residues? (4:24) Let’s talk about Glyphosate (8:40) So, should you choose organic food? (10:50) Tips for finding a balance between organic and non-organic (15:49) Shopping guide for pesticides in produce (17:26) Final thoughts (20:52)
34 minutes | May 20, 2021
#53: Starting Solids With Twins or Multiples
In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with two moms of twins, and I also share some insights from a third mom who wrote to us with her experience. We talk all about feeding twins, from starting solids to what it’s like now as toddlers, and everything in between! Twins seem like a whole new ball game to me, and I honestly don’t know how these moms do it – someone get these moms some super hero capes! We go over all the things that parents of singletons typically ask too – so even if you’re not a parent to multiples, these moms have a lot of wisdom and experience to share that can benefit everyone. We talk about meal planning when time is scarce, what to do if your babies aren’t ready right at 6 months, how to avoid the comparison game, and so much more! As always if you get any value from this episode please leave me a rating and review on Apple Podcasts! Without these it’s really hard for me to reach more parents like yourself, and I really want to help as many parents as I can – so please leave your thoughts, share about it, and subscribe. Additional Resources: If you want in on the Little Eaters Club as soon as it launches so you can continue learning all of the nuanced tips and tricks that I’ll be sharing, sign up for the waitlist to be the first to know and to get access to the exclusive founding member’s price! Once you’re part of the LEC, you’ll have access to advanced learning through an extensive video library that will grow each month, monthly recipes, monthly coaching calls, and a community of supportive parents! You have to be a client of one of my courses to get in on the club, so don’t wait to grab one of those, and hop on the list to find out when the LEC launches! WAITLIST: https://courses.mylittleeater.com/lec-waitlist BABY LED FEEDING COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/ FEEDING TODDLERS COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/ MORE ON FEEDING TWINS: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-twins Meet the MLE Twin Families: This is Victoria and her wonderful children, she is an Occupational Therapist and mom of three who recently relocated back to Nova Scotia from Alberta. This is Jill and her twin boys, she is a mom of four (six and four year old girls and 13 month old twin boys) from Nova Scotia, Canada. Her husband is a chef and they all love food! It was always really important to them to pass on that passion to their children, and if they can help any other parents along the way, it’s a huge bonus! Skip To… Twin Mom #1 – readiness signs with twins (2:09) Twin Mom #2 – all about flexibility in expectations (12:41) Twin Mom #3 – mealtime and meal prep tips (15:52) Final thoughts (29:22)
23 minutes | May 13, 2021
#52: When to stop modifying foods that are choking risks
In this episode, I chat about choking hazards – this is a hugely terrifying topic for many parents, and I really want you to feel confident that you’re offering food in a safe way for your babies and toddlers! One of the most common questions I get about choking hazards is when certain foods are considered safe….when are the suggested modifications no longer necessary? Today, I dive into this for you, and explain everything from what the current recommendations are, and how foods made the top choking hazards list, to when I recommend reducing modifications, why you should, and how to actually do this in a safe way. I even provide you with numerous examples of a step-by-step process for how to do this, using specific choking hazards. As always, if you get value from this episode, please subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss one! And don’t forget to leave me a rating and review on Apple Podcasts – I read every single one and they truly mean so much to me (and I even use them for future episode topics so leave me what you’d like to hear about too!). Additional Resources: If you want in on the Little Eaters Club as soon as it launches so you can continue learning all of the nuanced tips and tricks that I’ll be sharing, just like I did in this episode, sign up for the waitlist to be the first to know! Once you’re part of the LEC, you’ll have access to advanced learning through an extensive video library that will grow each month, monthly recipes, monthly coaching calls, and a community of supportive parents! You have to be a client of one of my courses to get in on the club, so don’t wait to grab one of those, and hop on the list to find out when the LEC launches! WAITLIST: https://courses.mylittleeater.com/lec-waitlist BABY LED FEEDING COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/ FEEDING TODDLERS COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/ SAFE BEGINNINGS ONLINE COURSE (USE CODE MYLITTLEEATER): https://safebeginnings.thinkific.com/courses/infant-child-cpr-choking-and-injury-prevention?ref=db040c CHOKING PREVENTION: https://mylittleeater.com/choking-prevention/ MORE ON CHOKING HAZARDS: https://mylittleeater.com/choking-hazards-for-babies-and-toddlers/ Skip To… What are the current recommendations? (1:16) Factors to consider before stopping modifications (5:03) How to gradually let go of modifications (8:56) How are things chosen as choking hazards anyways? (18:46)
34 minutes | May 8, 2021
Bonus: Mom Burnout – What it is and How to Stop it with Dr. Brooke Weinstein
In this special bonus episode of the My Little Eater Podcast, I have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Brooke Weinstein, an Occupational Therapist turned Mom Coach. She is on a mission to help moms deal with the wild ride that is motherhood, and shows them how they can create a life they truly love, while continuing to be the amazing mother they already are! Today we chat about mom burnout, something that I know a lot of mothers are familiar with, have experienced, and may actually be going through right now in fact. We talk about the signs of burnout, how to recognize it, and what to do about it. She even provides her top tip for effectively using self-care to fill your cup. I know that I’ve been there before, I’ve experienced the sheer exhaustion of burnout, and I have felt that helplessness of not knowing what to do and how to make things better. I promise you, this episode will help you with all of that, I learned a few things that I’ll be using myself as well. So as we wrap up self-care week here at MLE, please take a moment to listen to this episode, and share it with another mom who could benefit from hearing what Dr. Brooke has to say. And as always, please head over to whichever platform you listen at and subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode! Remember to go to Apple Podcasts in order to leave a rating and review as well, I appreciate it so much. Additional Resources: If you are looking to join a community of parents that are going through the same journey as you, as far as feeding goes anyway, make sure you take advantage of the Facebook community that comes with the purchase of either the Baby or Toddlers course, you can join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mylittleeaterclientsonly If you’re looking for more information on working with Dr. Brooke, or just want to check out some more of her content, you can connect with her here: https://www.brookeweinstein.net/ INSTAGRAM: @brookeweinst IGTV on Perfectionism in Motherhood: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CObBB0ojE-d/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Skip To… Welcome Dr. Brooke! (1:58) What is mom-burnout? (10:13) How to recognize the signs before it’s too late (13:17) How to balance what you want to do with what’s good for you (19:06) Advice for moms struggling during the pandemic (24:29) Self-care tips (30:23)
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