Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts

air fryer artichoke hearts

Artichokes make a fun food for kids, because not only are they a vegetable, but they’re an activity too! It can take some modeling and practice to figure out how to properly eat artichoke leaves, so artichoke hearts make a great substitute for a baby who is still learning. Artichokes are great by themselves, but can also be used in dips and spreads or as an addition to a pizza or pasta. These air fryer artichoke hearts are a great option for kids who aren’t ready to try the leaves by themselves.

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7 Reasons Why Kids Get Picky

hand feeding peas to a picky eater child with mouth closed

You’re so proud, because it seems your baby will eat anything. You think you’ve prevented picky eating and then BAM! Your child stops eating many of the foods they used to love. Sound familiar?
Some level of food preference is expected. There are probably some foods that you prefer and other that you don’t. It’s the same with kids. We all have varying tastes.

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Tree Nut Allergy: What You Should Know

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Tree nut allergies are one of the 9 most common food allergies. The most common tree nut allergies are walnut, almond, hazelnut, pecan, cashew, and pistachio (1). It’s possible to be allergic to only 1 kind of nut, but about half of kids who are allergic to 1 nut are also allergic to another.
Tree nut allergies are usually lifelong with only about 9% of children outgrowing their allergy.

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Water for Baby

baby drinking water

Up until around 6 months, your baby has been completely reliant on breast milk or formula for all of their needs. Then you get the all clear from the pediatrician to introduce solids and water, but how do you actually do it? And how much water does your baby actually need?
Luckily, not very much at first. We recommend introducing water around 6 months to give your baby plenty of time to practice before they really need to be drinking it for hydration.

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Pineapple Banana Sorbet

pineapple sorbet with pineapple chunks in the foreground

Pineapples often bring to mind tropical vacations or heated pizza debates. They have an intense flavor that can enhance a wide variety of dishes from sweet to savory. Due to that intense flavor, adding pineapple to a smoothie can take it from dull to delish.
Pineapples are often used in sweet dishes like fruit salads as well as savory, like a slice on a burger. They can be blended into drinks like smoothies and pina coladas.

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Gagging vs Choking: What You Need to Know

baby doll receiving thrusts for choking

Choking is a leading cause of injury and death in the United States, so it’s no wonder that many parents are very concerned about it. Gagging, however, is a very normal process. It causes no harm to your baby, but can be extremely difficult for you. Knowing the difference between gagging and choking can really make mealtime less stressful.
Every baby will probably gag at some point in their feeding journey. Knowing what to look for and how to handle it will make the experience less challenging for everyone.

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Food Chaining for Picky Eaters

Food chaining graphic illustrating example of applesauce to sliced pears with details. Applesauce pouch to bowl to applesauce with diced apples to diced apples to sliced apples to sliced pears.

Put simply, food chaining is a technique where you make gradual changes over time to introduce your child to a new food. You start with a food that your child prefers and make small changes to it. The change can be as small as cutting a sandwich horizontally instead of diagonally. Once your child has accepted one small change, you can begin working on another. Over time, you can introduce brand new foods.

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Soy Allergy in Baby

soy beans with a soybean plant with leaves in the middle

Soybean allergy tends to be more common in babies and young children, with many outgrowing it as they age. It is estimated that about 0.4% of infants in the US are allergic to soy.
Soybeans are legumes, just like beans, peas, lentils and peanuts. Up to 88% of people with soy allergies are also allergic or significantly sensitized to peanuts, although the reverse isn’t true. People with soy allergies are more likely to be allergic to major allergens like peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk, and sesame, than to other legumes.

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Iron Foods for Baby

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If you are just starting solids, you may have heard that iron is a crucial nutrient for your baby. Or you may have had an iron test done and realized your child’s iron stores are a little low. Either way, you may be looking for iron foods to include in your child’s diet. Luckily there are a lot!

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