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Everything you need to know about feeding your kids. From the Division of Responsibility to tips for keeping your kids at the table, to the importance of family meals, I’ve got you covered.

 

Easy Avocado Snack – Air Fryer Avocado Fries

air fryer avocado fries on a black plate

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.

Is a Plant-Based Diet Healthy for My Baby?

kid eating plant-based meal

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.

FPIES Tips

Food allergy written on chalkboard

If your child has recently been diagnosed with FPIES, you may find yourself overwhelmed and confused. Most parents have never heard of FPIES before they are given the diagnosis. You are probably wondering what you should do now. Here is some information to get you started.

8 Tips for Keeping Kids at the Table

kid at table looking bored

Is it impossible to keep your kids at the table? Are they constantly up and moving? This is a common struggle for parents of toddlers and preschoolers. You may have heard about the benefits of family meals, but have been having trouble actually implementing them in your home. Here are 8 tips for keeping your kids at the table.

Bread in a Bag

bread in a bag served in a basket, sliced

Are you looking for a super easy, kid-friendly recipe? Let me introduce bread in a bag. This is one of my favorite recipes to do with younger kids who may be a liability with some of the more involved recipes. You do all the prep work right in a large bag, so there is very minimal clean up after. Assuming you properly close the bag, and get the air out, there should be minimal mess during the mixing too. This is the perfect recipe to introduce your child to cooking! If you’re looking for some other ways to get your kids in the kitchen, check out my printable!

Baby Friendly Banana Oat Muffin

baby friendly banana oat muffin with bananas on the side served on a cutting board

Many recipes that I found online had tons of added sugar, which isn’t recommended for babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no added sugar until age 2. I love baking and love getting my kids involved in the kitchen, but was looking for a recipe that my little ones could enjoy. I couldn’t find anything I liked, so I modified a few different recipes I found and made some fruit substitutions in place of the sugar. This recipe is pretty forgiving and can be fun to make with your kids.

Fruit Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauce with cranberries on the table in the backgrounds

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no added sugars for children under 2, but kids love to be a part of holiday meals. Here’s an easy recipe that is perfect for babies. It’s sweetened with fruit, so it will not be as sweet as you may be used to, but babies do not need their foods to be as sweet. This has been a hit at our house every Thanksgiving since I started making it. It requires only 3 ingredients and you have the option of using all frozen or packaged foods, making it extremely convenient. Alternatively, you can opt for fresh options as well.

Poop Problems When Starting Solids

baby standing in diaper

One of the things new parents find most surprising is how focused they are on their child’s poop. Whether your child struggles with constipation or diarrhea, poop problems can add another layer of stress to starting solids. First off, know that there will be changes to your child’s poop. We expect that. Their digestive system has a lot to learn. There are ways to help them through the transition and make it more comfortable for everyone.

What to do with Halloween Candy

kid laying in candy

You get a bucket full of candy just for wearing a costume! But now that Halloween is over, what’s the best plan for dealing with all of that leftover candy? Should you use the Witch Switch? Just throw it out when they’re not looking? Tell them you threw it out and video it in hopes of getting a viral reaction? My answer, as pediatric dietitian, may surprise you.

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