The Stress Free Picky Eating Solution You Will Love

The Stress Free Picky Eating Solution You Will Love

Babies 0-12 months, Nutrition, Parenting, Toddlers 12- 36 months
It's pretty normal for children to be selective about what they eat. Picky eating can be just a phase, especially in the toddler and preschool years.  Even if it's normal, picky eating can bring up worries, frustration and big power struggles. Here is the good news: There are ways for you to encourage healthy eating habits, without resorting to demands, struggles or bribes. None of that works in the long run anyways and usually leads to kids dreading meal times. Parents tell me they love this picky eating solution because it's simple, clear and actually something they can follow through. Following through with a solution is often the hardest part of solving parenting challenges right? So Here we go... If you want to feel calmer and more confident about meal times, this information from Elly's Satter, a…
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Picky Eating Troubles? 16 Ideas for Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits

Picky Eating Troubles? 16 Ideas for Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits

Help By Age & Stage, Nutrition
From adventurous, to predictable to downright picky, children have many many styles of eating. While some parents are quick to believe that there is one right way to get children to eat everything or a magic parenting tool to raise "good" or adventurous eaters, I’m more inclined to believe that it’s a mix of things, among them genetics, parental attitude and well a dash of luck. Let's take a look: Genetics….uhm…Are picky eaters born that way? A study by University College London, concluded that picky eating is in fact most likely 78% genetic and 22% environmental. Another study at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill found that 72% of the time, genes could be blamed for children rejecting food!  But, don't  give up hope and walk away …below we’ll cover what…
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7 Tips For Breastfeeding in Public Stress Free

7 Tips For Breastfeeding in Public Stress Free

Babies 0-12 months, Nutrition
Years ago as a new mom, I was a bit nervous about breastfeeding my first when I was not at home.  I initially resorted to sitting in the car or hiding away in dressing rooms.  But over time I became more confident and relaxed and ultimately, over the last six years, I have nursed three children in restaurants, playgrounds, parks, shopping centers, airplanes, on the beach and many other public places. These are some of things I have learned to do over time that have helped make breastfeeding in public stress free: Nurse as soon as baby signals that she is ready instead of waiting for baby to get a little fussy or crying. By feeding right on cue the chance of baby crying and increasing the stress for both…
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3 Tools for Nursing Babies Through Bottles

Nutrition, Parenting
**This is a guest post by Miriam J. Katz is co-author of The Other Baby Book: A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year** Before we become mamas and papas, most of us have an idea of how we'd like to parent. For many moms (and several exceptional transgender dads), breastfeeding is how we see ourselves kicking off a loving parental relationship. But for others, it may not be in the cards, and it might not even be on our radar. While breastmilk is the ideal nourishment for new babies, the reality is that most parents today feed their babies formula at some point. And there are three important tools to build a successful nursing relationship with your bottle feeding baby. Let's start with the basics - what is nursing? While typically…
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Weaning Gently: Three Special Ideas for Success

Weaning Gently: Three Special Ideas for Success

Nutrition, Parenting
Welcome to the Carnival of Weaning: Weaning - Your Stories This post was written for inclusion in the Carnival of Weaning hosted by Code Name: Mama and Aha! Parenting. Our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles about the end of the breastfeeding relationship. Breastfeeding is a special time for both moms and babies. Often when mothers talk about weaning, they compare notes on the crying, the engorgement, the hassle and the confusion that it caused. The good news is that weaning can be a gentle and positive experience full of joy both for mom and child.  In deciding when the right time to wean is, I encourage mothers to find the timing that works best for them and their child. This particular post is intended for moms that are interested,…
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World Breastfeeding Week – Breastfeeding around the World

Babies 0-12 months, Nutrition, Parenting
It's World Breastfeeding Week -  So I thought I would join in the celebration by sharing some pictures of me in a few places around the world - Breastfeeding my babies. The  theme of WBW is "Talk to me! Breastfeeding in 3D" So here is my attempt to talk to you about breastfeeding - from the heart and to promote that it's natural and wonderful and totally OK! I have breastfed for the last 5 years, three children, at home and when out and about in the United States, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. [caption id="attachment_166" align="alignright" width="300" caption="At home in Massachusetts, USA breastfeeding with the dogs and little toes in my face."][/caption]                     I breastfeed everywhere and firmly believe that all…
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Joy of eating…family style

Nutrition, Parenting, Positive Discipline
*This  article was also featured at at Authentic Parenting* I  strive to serve healthy yet yummy and appealing meals everyday.  The goal being to not to create kitchen master pieces worthy of Top Chef (what an awesome show) but rather  to capitalize on my children' s adventurous nature and allow them a chance to explore tastes and textures. To have fun and exciting family meals,  and create an overall joy of eating, we focus on  portion awareness,  respecting individual tastes, opportunity,  modeling healthy choices and relaxed table manners. Portion Awareness Sometimes its easy to forget that the tummy of a toddler/preschooler is tiny - a great way to remember is to look at their hands. A child's stomach is roughly the same size as it's hand curled into a fist. …
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