If you have a picky eater at home, you know how challenging it can be to come up with healthy snack ideas day after day. One of biggest recommendations for picky eaters is to try and offer variety as much as possible. This can be extremely tricky if your child only like a handful of foods.
While not thought of as a common food for babies, Brussels sprouts make a great nutritional choice. It’s recommended to offer a wide variety of foods when starting solids to help prepare your baby’s palate. Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables have strong flavors and can take some getting used to, so it can be helpful to introduce young.
It’s incredibly common for children to go through a picky eating phase, somewhere between ages 1-3. At this time, their energy needs decrease significantly and their autonomy increases. This combination can lead to stressful meals.
For most kids, this is only a temporary phase and there are some simple things you can do as a parent to help your picky eater expand their palate.
You may have heard me talking about the importance of eating together as a family, but as you’re watching your baby dump food off their tray or your toddler run circles around the table, you wonder, “Is it really worth it? Do the benefits outweigh the stress?”
First, I have tips for encouraging your toddler to remain seated and to help prevent your baby from dumping their food off their tray. I promise family meals don’t need to be stressful (I created a whole course on that premise)! Plus there are really so many benefits from eating together as a family, even if your whole family isn’t present.
Have you witnessed the wars between the baby led weaning parents and the puree parents? Wondering which team you should join? Is one really that much better than the other? Not really. As with most things, it really comes down to what works for your family. What many people won’t tell you is that you can actually (safely) do a combination of baby led weaning and purees.
No matter how you start feeding your child, your goal should be to get them onto a wide variety of flavor and textures by about 9 months. Research has shown an association between children who do not receive a variety of textures by this age and picky eating.
Are you looking for an easy avocado snack that’s not guacamole (not that there’s anything wrong with guac)? This recipe is perfect for you! The outside comes out perfectly crisp and crunchy, while the inside stays warm and creamy. Avocados are a popular first food for babies, but due to their slippery texture, they can be challenging for little ones to self-feed. The coating on these fries makes them a little more firm and easier to grab. You can cook them a little less to make them a less crispy for babies who are just starting out.
You’re walking down the formula aisle and see (overpriced) nursery water and wonder “Is this the best water for my baby’s formula?” As if choosing a formula wasn’t complicated enough, now you must figure out what to mix with it. Formula is already so expensive, does the water need to be too? While the best water for your baby formula depends on a few different factors, most of the time, you don’t need to pay a premium. No matter which water you choose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend to mix powdered formula with hot water to kill a rare, but deadly bacteria that can be found in powdered formula.
Plant-based diets have been becoming more popular lately. Whether that means being vegetarian, vegan, or just trying to incorporate more vegetables, you may be wondering if this is a good way to feed your baby. There are many factors at play. It is important to note that no matter if you are a vegetarian, vegan, or omnivore, you will need to focus on a few key nutrients for your baby.