Baby-Led Weaning Made Easy

By Katie Ferraro

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Babies can eat so many more foods than we give them credit for! Katie Ferraro, Registered Dietitian, baby-led weaning expert and mom of 7 helps you get a SAFE start to solid foods using baby-led weaning. Baby-led weaning helps your baby become an independent eater & prevents picky eating. Join Katie for easy-to-implement infant feeding tips and tricks that will build confidence in your baby’s ability to safely start solid food and self-feed!

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Postural Support when Starting Solid Foods with Emma Hubbard, Pediatric OT
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#284: In order to safely start solid foods, babies should be able to sit on their own - relatively unassisted. But what does that mean? How long should they be able to sit for? What if they tripod?...does that count? Emma Hubbard is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist who is teaching about postural support for your baby when starting solid foods. In this interview Emma is explaining how your baby should be seated in the high chair to support a safe swallow. She’s sharing milestone information about your baby’s pincer grasp and the motor skills they are developing during the weaning period. This interview is packed with practical tips you can put into practice today, involving a concise list of unsafe feeding practices you should avoid when your baby begins eating solid food. Follow Emma Hubbard, Pediatric OT on her YouTube channel (...this is where I first found Emma’s work and it’s a must follow if you have a baby!) Check out Emma’s courses on infant development on her website located here. Her courses are all taught by credentialed professionals: no parenting old wive’s tales here! If you like learning on YouTube, we have a Baby-Led Weaning YouTube channel with 2 new baby-feeding videos each week: https://www.youtube.com/c/babyledweaning  Need ideas on which foods babies can safely eat? Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on my free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/284 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2022
Meat: 5 Cuts of Meat I Never Offer Babies
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#283: Babies can definitely eat meat…but there are a few CUTS of meat I steer clear of for early eaters. In this episode I’m walking you through the cuts of meat I don’t offer babies when it comes to beef, pork, poultry, lamb and shellfish.  🎧 🎧 🎧 🎧 🎧 Other BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast episodes about drinking stuff for babies you might like are: Episode 177 - Red Meat Your Baby Can Safely Eat at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/177  Episode 178 - White Meat Your Baby Can Safely Eat at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/178  Episode 176 - BLW at the Butcher: Identifying Ideal Cuts of Meat for Babies with 4th Generation Butcher Cara Nicoletti at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/176  Episode 175 - Pork: How to Safely Prepare Pork for Baby-Led Weaning at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/175  Episode 165 - Lamb: How to Safely Prepare Lamb for Baby-Led Weaning at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/165  🥛 🥛 🥛 🥛 🥛 Read “5 Ground Beef Recipes for Baby-Led Weaning” article here: https://www.fortifiedfam.com/home/2020/8/25/5-ground-beef-recipes-for-baby-led-weaning 📧 📧 📧 📧 📧 To sign up for my email list and get weekly BLW recipes delivered to your email inbox, click here: https://fortifiedfam.activehosted.com/f/9 💯 💯 💯 💯 💯 Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on my free one-hour BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS video workshop. Sign up for this week’s free workshop times here: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop Follow @babyledweanteam on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ More videos about baby-led weaning and how to make BLW foods safely are on the baby-led weaning YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/babyledweaning Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/283 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts and thank you for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Click here to review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/baby-led-weaning-made-easy/id1509703697  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
Teaching Your Baby Sign Language: Do's & Don'ts with @signngrow Mary Smith
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#282: Did you know you shouldn’t cover your baby’s hands when they are practicing signs? Mary Smith from Sign ‘n Grow is on the podcast with great information about what to do and what to avoid when it comes to teaching baby’s sign language. Mary is an ASL Interpreter, author and mom and she is sharing her 3 favorite mealtime signs and a lot of other resources for showing your baby how to learn sign language. Mary was previously on the podcast in episode 162 - How to Use Sign Language to Improve Mealtime Communication with @signngrow Mary Smith. You can learn more about baby sign language from Mary on her Instagram page @signngrow, over at her YouTube channel, and her new book Baby Sign Language is out now on Amazon (affiliate link). Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/282 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
Water: Why Offering Water to Early Eaters Can be Dangerous
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#281: When should I offer my baby water out of the open cup? How much water do babies need? Does my baby even NEED any additional water? In this episode we’re looking at the reasons why you might want to WAIT when it comes to offering your infant water. 🎧 🎧 🎧 🎧 🎧 Other BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast episodes about drinking stuff for babies you might like are: Episode 113 - Transitioning to Cow's Milk: How Do I Do This? at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/113  Episode 79 - How to Pick a Milk When Your Baby Turns 1 at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/79  Episode 135 - Toddler Milks: Why You Don't Need to Buy These Formulas at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/135  Episode 101 - Straw Cup vs. Open Cups: Which Comes First? with Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/101  Episode 60 - ​​6 Reasons to Skip the Sippy Cup with Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/60  🥛 🥛 🥛 🥛 🥛 The baby-led weaning open cups mentioned in this episode were all from the company ezpz. You can get 10% off all ezpz feeding gear with affiliate discount code KATIE10. ezpz Tiny Cup, 2 oz for babies 6-12 months: https://shrsl.com/27bms   ezpz Mini Cup + Straw Training System, 4 oz for babies 9-12 months: https://shrsl.com/2kuf5 ezpz Mini Cup, 4 oz for toddlers 12-24 months: ​​http://shrsl.com/24ol1 📧 📧 📧 📧 📧 To sign up for my email list and get weekly BLW recipes delivered to your email inbox, click here: https://fortifiedfam.activehosted.com/f/9 💯 💯 💯 💯 💯 Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on my free one-hour BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS video workshop. Sign up for this week’s free workshop times here: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop Follow @babyledweanteam on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ More videos about baby-led weaning and how to make BLW foods safely are on the baby-led weaning YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/babyledweaning Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/281 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts and thank you for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Click here to review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/baby-led-weaning-made-easy/id1509703697  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
Salvage Food: How to Save Money and Safely Feed Your Baby with Hope from Under the Median
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#280: If your grocery bill is breaking the bank, Hope Ware from Under the Median can help. Hope and her husband create content that help families “live abundantly…on a budget.” In this interview Hope is sharing some lesser known tips for saving money on groceries now that your baby is eating real food. She’s chatting about salvage stores, best buy dates, rain checks and the value of getting to know the people in your grocery store who can help you save even more money. 🎧 🎧 🎧 🎧 🎧 Other BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast episodes about saving money when you’re starting solid foods with your baby are: Episode 89 - Freezer Aisle Finds for Baby-Led Weaning at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/89  Episode 70 - Canned Foods that CAN work for Baby-Led Weaning at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/70  🥛 🥛 🥛 🥛 🥛 Guest Hope Ware’s YouTube Channel “Under the Median” about living abundantly on a budget is at: https://www.youtube.com/c/underthemedian  Follow Hope on Instagram @underthemedian  📧 📧 📧 📧 📧 To sign up for my email list and get weekly BLW recipes delivered to your email inbox, click here: https://fortifiedfam.activehosted.com/f/9 💯 💯 💯 💯 💯 Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on my free one-hour BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS video workshop. Sign up for this week’s free workshop times here: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop Follow @babyledweanteam on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ More videos about baby-led weaning and how to make BLW foods safely are on the baby-led weaning YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/babyledweaning Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/280 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts and thank you for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Click here to review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/baby-led-weaning-made-easy/id1509703697  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
Batch Cooking: 4 BLW Foods You Can Make Ahead of Time
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#279: Batch cooking. Meal prepping. Mom life pipe dream or reality?! In this episode I’m sharing 4 easy baby-led weaning foods you can make ahead of time. Yes we want to introduce your baby to a wide variety of foods early and often - but you do NOT need to be cooking these from scratch every day…here’s how. 🎧 🎧 🎧 🎧 🎧 Other BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast episodes about safe food preparation for babies you might like are: White Meat Your Baby Can Safely EatWhite Meat Your Baby Can Safely Eat - https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/178  Red Meat Your Baby Can Safely Eat - https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/178  BLW at the Butcher: Identifying Ideal Cuts of Meat for Babies with 4th Generation Butcher Cara Nicoletti - https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/176  BLW Meal Prep Tips from 2X Food Network Chopped Champ Chef Tatiana Rosana - https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/86  🧑🏽‍🍳 🧑🏽‍🍳 🧑🏽‍🍳 🧑🏽‍🍳 🧑🏽‍🍳  For the recipes mentioned in this episode, please see: Double Duty Pancake & Waffle Batter recipe is inside this article: https://www.fortifiedfam.com/home/2017/2/28/why-i-broke-up-with-commercial-pancake-mix  Zucchini-Egg Cup recipe is in this @babyledweanteam Instagram reel: https://www.instagram.com/reel/Ci2oOeigzZp/  📧 📧 📧 📧 📧 To sign up for my email list and get weekly BLW recipes delivered to your email inbox, click here: https://fortifiedfam.activehosted.com/f/9 💯 💯 💯 💯 💯 Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on my free one-hour BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS video workshop. Sign up for this week’s free workshop times here: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop Follow @babyledweanteam on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ More videos about baby-led weaning and how to make BLW foods safely are on the baby-led weaning YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/babyledweaning Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/279 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts and thank you for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Click here to review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/baby-led-weaning-made-easy/id1509703697  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2022
Costco Foods Babies can Safely Eat with @costcodeals Henry
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#278: If you shop at Costco and you have a baby, these 2 things go very well together! Henry from the @costcodeals Instagram account is here to share some insider tips about shopping Costco for foods your baby can safely eat…before this interview I had no idea that the 2 numbers the product price ends in is secret Costco code for what is happening with that item in the store. Listen for great grocery shopping ideas and learn the secret pricing system plus what the “Costco death star” asterisk means on the pricetag! For more ideas on Costco foods your baby can safely eat, check out my article with “10 Costco Foods to Buy for BLW” here: https://www.fortifiedfam.com/home/2019/7/10/10-costco-foods-to-buy-for-babies Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on my free one-hour BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS video workshop. Sign up for this week’s free workshop times here: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop Follow @babyledweanteam on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ More videos about baby-led weaning and how to make BLW foods safely are on the baby-led weaning YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/babyledweaning Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/278 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Leave a review on Apple Podcasts and thank you for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Click here to review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/baby-led-weaning-made-easy/id1509703697 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
10 Reasons to Go All-In on Baby-Led Weaning
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#277: Is baby-led weaning even worth it? Isn’t it cheaper to buy purees? I’m answering those questions plus giving you the top 10 reasons why BLW can make your life WAY easier. Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode (and the Edamame Hummus recipe) are here: https://blwpodcast.com/277 Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/277 Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2022
Optimal Cord Clamping and its Effect on Infant Iron Levels with Alan Greene, MD
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#276: How long did your doctor wait to clamp the umbilical cord with your baby? If you’re like most parents, you probably have no idea. But the timing of cord clamping can have an impact on your baby’s iron status in infancy and later in life. Dr. Alan Greene is the founder of the TICC TOCC campaign (...long pre-dating that other Tik Tok :) and TICC TOCC stands for Transitioning Immediate Cord Clamping to Optimal Cord Clamping. In this interview Dr. Greene is teaching about how waiting until the pulsing of the cord stops - about 90 seconds longer than in conventional practice - can have lasting impacts on your baby’s iron and health later in life. Dr. Greene was previously on the podcast in episode 160 - Why White Rice Cereal Should Not Be Your Baby's First Food with Alan Greene, MD https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/160  You can read more about his TICC TOCC campaign and how to be an advocate for optimized cord clamping on his website here: https://www.drgreene.com/the-most-important-90-seconds-in-every-pregnancy  Watch Dr. Greene’s TedTalk about the most important 90 seconds in every pregnancy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw53X98EvLQ  Want a list of iron rich foods your baby can safely eat? Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/276 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
Soy: 3 Ways to Introduce Soy to Babies (…and why soy milk is not one of them)
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#275: How can babies safely learn to eat soy? These are 3 of my favorite ways to offer your baby the potentially allergenic food soy…with 3 reasons why I don’t love soy milk for babies.   More baby-led weaning soy information is in Episode 37 - Soy: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode (and the Edamame Hummus recipe) are here: https://blwpodcast.com/275   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2022
Baby Has Skin Reactions to Milk, Egg and Peanut: What Should I Do Next? with Carina Venter, PhD, RDN
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#274: What if your baby tries a new food and then gets a rash on their face? Or what if you’re doing one of the allergenic foods early on in infant feeding, let’s say cow’s milk, egg or peanut to name the 3 most common pediatric food allergies…and baby gets hives - but the baby isn’t in distress or showing any of the other signs of allergic reaction and the skin stuff goes away on its own…do you introduce that food again to your baby?   Do you do it at home? Or do you need to see an allergist? Or what about even testing for food allergies in babies - some doctors say wait until 1, but others test right away. I’m interviewing Carina Venter, PhD, RD - a global expert on infant feeding and pediatric allergies. We’re tracking one case study in this interview: a baby with severe eczema who had reactions (skin only) to milk, egg and peanut - and what should the family do next? 🌱 🌱 🌱 🌱 🌱   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/274   Other interview episodes with Carina are Episode 124 - Using an Egg Ladder for Babies with Egg Allergy with Carina Venter, PhD, RD and Episode 84 - Why You DON'T Need to Wait 3-5 Days Between New Foods with Carina Venter, PhD, RD    If your baby has severe eczema it does increase risk of other IgE-mediated food allergies. The eczema treatment product I use is from a company called Evereden. The Evereden Eczema Treatment cream is non-toxic, non-steroidal and is National Eczema Association Approved. You can get 15% off everything at Evereden with my affiliate discount code KATIE10. Click here for my favorite non-toxic Evereden baby skincare products.   🌱 🌱 🌱 🌱 🌱   Want more ideas on what types of dairy foods babies can safely eat? Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2022
Chia or Flax Seed: Which is Better for Babies?
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#273: Can babies safely eat flaxseed? What about babies and chia seed? In this episode I’m weighing the pros and cons of flaxseed meal and chia seed when feeding babies, looking at cost considerations, nutrition profile, how you can use each and why they both work (decently) as an egg substitute when you’re making BLW fritters.   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/273   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2022
Organic Dairy for Babies: Why to Switch with Britt Lundgren from @stonyfieldorganics
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#272: Should I buy organic dairy foods for my baby? In this episode Britt Lundgren, the Senior Director of Sustainability for Stonyfield Farm chats about the differences between organic and conventional dairy foods. We’re chatting through all of the benefits of organic dairy farming and organic dairy foods, from environmental to nutrition, sustainability, profitability and wellbeing of the dairy farmers, and their cows!   🌱 🌱 🌱 🌱 🌱   To learn more about Stonyfield Farm and their efforts to eliminate toxic, harmful pesticides and persistent chemicals, visit https://www.stonyfield.com/.   The 2021 Stonyfield Impact Report is linked here and the organic milk study mentioned in this interview is linked here.   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/272   🌱 🌱 🌱 🌱 🌱   Want more ideas on what types of dairy foods babies can safely eat? Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
BLW Bootcamp: 3 Days to Get Ready for Solid Foods
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#271: What do I absolutely need to know to give my baby a safe start to solid foods? How do I know if my baby is ready to eat? And what things might go wrong once we do start trying real food?    If you’re overwhelmed or confused about starting solid foods, the BABY-LED WEANING BOOTCAMP is a 3-day online training designed to teach you everything you need to know to give your baby a safe start to solid foods. BLW BOOTCAMP runs October 12-14, 2022. If your baby is starting solid foods before the end of 2022, the BABY-LED WEANING BOOTCAMP is for you. < < CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE BLW BOOTCAMP > > Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2022
BLW Bootcamp: Lessons Learned from 10 Babies Starting Solid Foods
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#270: Every baby is different…especially when it comes to starting solid foods. In this episode I’m sharing 10 tips I learned recently from helping 10 different babies start baby-led weaning. From how long to wait after a bottle feed to do food to whether or not you need the straps on your high chair early on in eating, I hope these 10 experiences will help set the stage for your baby to get a safe start to solid foods.   Other episodes mentioned in this episode were:   Episode 219 - Premature Babies: How to Estimate & Adjust Age for Starting Solids Episode 124 - Using an Egg Ladder for Babies with Egg Allergy with Carina Venter, PhD, RD Episode 20 - Vomit: What if My Baby Vomits when Eating?   Are you just making the switch to solid foods with YOUR baby? Come join my 3-day BABY-LED WEANING BOOTCAMP being held October 12-14, 2022. It’s just $5 per day and includes video training, feeding guides and a daily live Q&A all about giving your baby a SAFE start to solid foods.   If your baby is starting solid foods before the end of 2022, the BABY-LED WEANING BOOTCAMP is for you. < < CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE BLW BOOTCAMP > >   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/270   If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Agave: Is it Safe to Offer Babies Agave in Place of Added Sugar?
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#269: Is it safe to offer babies agave? Is it really a “natural” sugar and is it less harmful for babies than other added sugars? In this episodes we’re looking at agave and whether it is a food to include in the infant weaning diet, potential health benefits and drawbacks for agave offered to infants. Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/269   If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
Second Baby BLW: How I'm Doing 100 First Foods Differently for Baby #2 with Lauren McClure
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#268: Do you do baby-led weaning differently the second time around? I’m chatting with two-time mom Lauren McClure who did 100 FIRST FOODS with her daughter…and is now helping her son do the same, albeit with some different approaches to starting solid foods this time around. Lauren is chatting about which foods she now feels more comfortable feeding and what she would have done differently with her oldest child if she had another chance to do baby-led weaning.   Lauren was previously on the podcast in an episode called “100 First Foods Graduates” about her daughter Kiera. You can listen to that 100 First Foods Graduates episode here.    Follow Lauren’s son Kellin and see all of his new foods on Instagram at @kellinledweaning.   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/268 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
Fermented Foods: Can Babies Safely Eat Fermented Foods?
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#267: Can babies safely eat fermented foods? Fermenting foods is one of the world’s oldest methods of preserving foods, with some pretty legit potential health benefits. In this episode we’re looking at what types of fermented foods babies can eat and why you might want to consider these, along with precautions for offering babies fermented foods too.   LISTEN to other gut health related BLW podcast episodes:    Episode 202 - Gut Check: Microbiome and Food Allergy Development with Liam O'Mahony, PhD   Episode 108 - Probiotics: Should Your Baby Be Taking Probiotics? with James Marin, RD, EN and Dahlia Marin, RDN, LD   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/267 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
Infant Weight Loss: What to Do When the Doctor Says Your Baby Isn’t Gaining Weight with Rosan Meyer, PhD, RD
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#266: What do I do if my baby is losing weight after we start solid foods? Rosan Meyer, PhD, RD  is a pediatric dietitian specializing in infant growth and development. We’re breaking down the case of a breastfeeding mom with a 9 month old baby who had weight loss between doctor’s appointments. Rosan analyzes milk intake, feeding schedule and other possible causes for weight loss in this episode.   Rosan Meyer was previously on the podcast in Episode 110 - Catch-Up Weight: Why Starting Solids Early Will Not Help Your Baby Gain Weight with Rosan Meyer, PhD, RD which I highly suggest also listening to if you have been told your smaller baby needs to “eat more food” for catch-up weight. Her online website for infant and pediatric growth is located here.   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/266   If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
BLW at Daycare: How These Parents Made it Work
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#265: What if my baby goes to daycare but I want to do baby-led weaning? Maybe daycare has never HEARD of BLW…or they’ve never seen it done properly. Does that mean your baby doesn’t get the chance to self-feed from their first bites? No! In this episode we’re hearing from other parents who have done baby-led weaning successfully at daycare - and lived to talk about it! They’re sharing their best tips for BLW success in this daycare episode.   DOWNLOAD my free feeding guide “How to Be a Baby-Led Weaning Advocate at Daycare” with sample scripts and daycare scenario solutions by clicking here: https://babyledweaning.co/daycare-advocate   LISTEN to these other daycare podcast episodes to learn more about how BLW can work for your childcare provider:   Episode 18 - Daycare: How Can I Get Caregivers on Board with Baby-Led Weaning, listen at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/18    Episode 42 - Daycare: How To Be An Advocate for Baby-Led Weaning with Poppy Duhnke, listen at https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/42    Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/265 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Mealtime Meltdowns: How to Reset Your Mindset with @drbeckygoodinside Becky Kennedy, PhD
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#264: If your baby does not eat, that does not make you a bad parent! Dr. Becky Kennedy from @drbeckygoodinside is on the BLW podcast helping us cool our jets when it comes to mealtime meltdowns with babies. Dr. Becky is a clinical psychologist and mom of 3 and she’s bringing the PEACE in this episode, chatting about:   Positive language (with scripts!) to use when you feel stress rising about your baby not eating How to let your baby explore their food - a precursor to feelings of safety - and not losing your mind when things get messy   Dr. Becky’s new book GOOD INSIDE: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be is now available on Amazon.    Check out her parenting community at goodinside.com.   You can follow Dr. Becky @drbeckygoodinside on Instagram and her Good Inside podcast is here.   🌱💯🌱💯🌱   Want more training about how to do baby-led weaning SAFELY? Check out my free 1-hour online workshop called BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS. Everyone on this free workshop gets a copy of my 100 FIRST FOODS list and you can register for this week’s workshop times here.   🌱💯🌱💯🌱   Follow Katie Ferraro on Instagram @babyledweanteam. Full shownotes for this podcast episode are located here: https://blwpodcast.com/264 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
Iron Drops: Does My Baby Need Iron Supplements?
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#263: When should I give my baby iron drops…or are they a good idea at all? In this episode I’m walking you through the pros and cons of iron supplements, what the side effects are, why they can be dangerous for babies and children and how food can more often than not fix the iron intake problem so you don’t need supplements for your baby.   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/263   🌱💯🌱💯🌱   Lots more iron baby food info are in these other episodes of this podcast:   Episode 142 - Iron: Does My Baby Really Need to Eat 11mg Iron Per Day? Episode 137 - Iron: Can My Baby Get Enough Iron from Baby-Led Weaning Foods? Episode 21 - 3 Easy Ways to Boost Your Baby's Iron Absorption   Need more ideas on the types of iron foods babies can safely eat? Check out my free 1-hour online workshop called BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS. Everyone on this free workshop gets a copy of my 100 FIRST FOODS list - and the protein section has 20 different high iron plant and animal foods for babies …you can register for this week’s workshop times here.   🌱💯🌱💯🌱   Follow Katie Ferraro on Instagram @babyledweanteam.    If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
Why I Almost Quit BLW with Miranda James
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#262: If you’ve ever felt like a feeding failure, Miranda James doesn’t want you to quit baby-led weaning. Miranda is a first time mom who really struggled when her baby started solid foods. Her family and husband didn’t support her baby self-feeding and she wondered if she was doing baby-led weaning right. Miranda shares her story about what kept her motivated to stay with BLW and why she’s glad she didn’t quit even when the going got tough!   🌱💯🌱💯🌱   The online CPR course mentioned in this episode is located here and my affiliate discount code KATIE10 works for another $10 off.   Episode mentioned about when to seek feeding therapy for your baby is called How Do I Know if My Baby Needs Feeding Therapy with Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP and you can listen to that here.   Want more training about how to do baby-led weaning SAFELY? Check out my free 1-hour online workshop called BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS. Everyone on this free workshop gets a copy of my 100 FIRST FOODS list and you can register for this week’s workshop times here.   🌱💯🌱💯🌱   Follow Katie Ferraro on Instagram @babyledweanteam. Full shownotes for this podcast episode are located here: https://blwpodcast.com/262 If you learned something from this episode and like this podcast, your review means the WORLD to us and helps other parents find this important evidence-based infant feeding info. Click here to leave a review on Apple podcasts and thanks for being a part of this amazing and supportive BLW community! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
DIY High Chair Hacks for Safer Baby-Led Weaning
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#261: Does your high chair have an adjustable footrest? If not you can make your own. In this episode I’m sharing a few of my favorite DIY high chair hacks that will make it safer for your baby to eat…and that don’t cost you hardly any money to do so!   Other podcast episodes covering the topic of high chairs and high chair safety you might want to check out include:   Episode 205 - High Chair Help: What if My Baby Won't Sit in the High Chair? Episode 172 - High Chair Positioning: Reduce Choking Risk Using This One Simple Move with Jeff Durkee of Nomi High Chair Episode 7 - Why Your Baby’s High Chair Needs a Footrest Episode 92 - How to Choose a Safe Seat for Your Baby to Eat with Kirsti Vandraas Need more  starchy food ideasto offer your baby beyond rice? Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/261 Thank you for being a part of this amazing baby-led weaning community. If you like this BLW podcast, please would you kindly leave me a review on Apple Podcasts? This really helps the podcast get found by other parents, caregivers and healthcare professionals and I get my best future episode ideas from your reviews. Click here to leave a review on Apple Podcasts and Happy Feeding! -Katie Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2022
Adapted Baby-Led Weaning for Children with Developmental Delays with Gill Rapley, PhD and Jill Rabin, MS, CCC-SLP/L, IBCLC
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#260: Did you read any books about baby-led weaning before you started? Gill Rapley is the pioneer of BLW and co-author of the original baby-led weaning book…and Jill Rabin is a speech language pathologist and feeding therapist who adapted BLW for her work with babies with Down Syndrome and feeding challenges.    Gill and Jill just published a new book about Adapted Baby-Led Weaning called “Your baby Can Self-Feed, Too: Adapted Baby-Led Weaning for Children with Developmental Delays or Other Feeding Challenges” and in this interview they’re sharing their experience writing the book together from 2 different parts of the world.     Buy Jill and Gill’s new book on adapted baby-led weaning on Amazon here.   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/260   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
Pasta Water Cooking Method for Making Rice Lower in Arsenic
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#259: If your family eats rice, you can modify the cooking method to help lower arsenic. In this episode we look at the pasta water cooking method for making rice lower in arsenic. By cooking your rice in a lot of water you can reduce arsenic without compromising too much other nutrition, particularly if you’re doing brown rice.    Other podcast episodes covering the topic of heavy metals in baby foods you might want to check out include:   Episode 246 - Arsenic in Baby Food with Charlotte Brody, RN and Jane Houlihan Episode 160 - Why White Rice Cereal Should Not Be Your Baby's First Food with Alan Greene, MD Episode 208 - Heavy Metals in Baby Food with @consumerreports James E. Rogers, PhD Episode 232 - Tuna Talk: Is it Safe for Babies to Eat Canned Tuna with @consumerreports Michael K. Hansen, PhD Healthy Babies Bright Futures’ report “Is Homemade Baby Food Better?” is located here. Download their two-page parent tip sheet with advice on arsenic foods not to feed babies here.   Need more starchy food ideas to offer your baby beyond rice? Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/259 Thank you for being a part of this amazing baby-led weaning community. If you like this BLW podcast, please would you kindly leave me a review on Apple Podcasts? This really helps the podcast get found by other parents, caregivers and healthcare professionals and I get my best future episode ideas from your reviews. Click here to leave a review on Apple Podcasts and Happy Feeding! -Katie Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
Can I Overfeed My Baby Solid Food?
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#258: What if my baby eats too much food? Can babies overeat with baby-led weaning? In this episode we’re exploring concerns from parents and caregivers about babies who (their words) “eat too much.” We’ll look at portion sizes…and why there are no set portion sizes for babies as well as safety concerns, hunger and fullness cues and then why your baby’s growth chart is actually the best indicator of whether or not they’re getting enough nutrition from food.   Need more ideas of foods your baby safely CAN eat? Grab your copy of my original 100 FIRST FOODS list on this free one-hour online video training called BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS. Sign up here: https://babyledweaning.co/   The small portion size suction mats that I mentioned in this episode are the ezpz Mini Mats. I like that they remind us to keep baby’s portion sizes small - and to offer a variety of foods during the weaning process. If you’re shopping the ezpz Mini Mats you cna get 10% off everything at ezpzfun.com with my affiliate ezpz discount code KATIE10.   Right now I’m really digging the growth chart app I mentioned in the episode called…wait for it…Growth! You can enter your baby’s height and weight from their doctor appointments and well checks and keep an eye on their path to health in this app which you can find here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/growth-baby-child-charts/id446639811    Safety matters when starting solid foods and we talk about how overstuffing can lead to choking in some instances. Make sure you’ve taken a refresher infant CPR course before starting solid foods. The CPR class I take each quarter is linked here and you can get an extra $10 off that class with my affiliate discount code KATIE10. The Choking Prevention and Response course I co-teach is also linked and code KATIE10 works for 10% off there too.   …and there were LOTS Of other growth related BLW podcast episodes I’ve recorded and expert interviews that were mentioned in this episode. You can find them all on the shownotes page located here: https://blwpodcast.com/258   Follow baby-led weaning with Katie Ferraro @babyledweanteam on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Subscribe to the baby-led weaning YouTube channel with new videos every Tuesday and Friday: https://www.youtube.com/c/babyledweaning  Thank you for being a part of this amazing baby-led weaning community. If you like this BLW podcast, please would you kindly leave me a review on Apple Podcasts? This really helps the podcast get found by other parents, caregivers and healthcare professionals and I get my best future episode ideas from your reviews. Click here to leave a review on Apple Podcasts and Happy Feeding! -Katie Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2022
4 Helpful BLW Food Prep Tips You Might Not Know About
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#257: It is not your job to make your baby eat…but you are responsible for what the baby eats, when they eat and where they eat. This is Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility in Feeding Theory in practice - but what if you’re not sure exactly WHAT the baby should be eating?   In this episode we’re looking at 4 super simple BLW food prep tips that will make your JOB of making safe foods for your baby a little easier to swallow. From how to soften fruits that aren’t yet ripe enough to making meat safe for babies to eat, listen to learn 4 easy ideas for making foods safe for your baby to eat with baby-led weaning.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free 1-hour video training called BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/257   Other episodes mentioned:   Episode 209 - Fruit Vacation: How to Help Babies Who Overly Favor Fruit Episode 155 - Bitter Vegetables: How to Safely Offer Bitter Vegetables for Baby-Led Weaning Episode 177 - Red Meat Your Baby Can Safely Eat Episode 178 - White Meat Your Baby Can Safely Eat   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly leave a review of this podcast with your idea for a future episode (...I get my best topics for the podcast episodes from your reviews!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
What Type of Oil Should I Use for BLW?
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#256: Is it ok to use oil when cooking for your baby? And what type of oil is best? In this episode we are exploring added fats for babies who are just starting solid foods. Oil is important for your baby’s brain health, for providing energy and it can help lubricate certain foods to make them safer to swallow.      Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/256   Other episodes mentioned in this episode:   Episode 177 - Red Meat Your Baby Can Safely Eat Episode 178 - White Meat Your Baby Can Safely Eat Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly leave a review of this podcast with your idea for a future episode (...I get my best topics for the podcast episodes from your reviews!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
5 Things I Would Do Differently if I Started BLW All Over Again
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#255: I love a good failure reflection and this episode is FULL of it for you. If I were starting baby-led weaning all over again, here are 5 things I would do differently.    In order to bring you this episode, I went BACK into my phone to the very first few weeks of doing BLW with my baby quadruplets and cringed SO HARD at my mistakes.   My focus as a dietitian specializing in baby-led weaning is to help you learn about all of the things your baby CAN eat - but it may also be helpful to know what to avoid, and that’s what I’m covering in this episode.   In this episode you will learn:   Why you should ignore pressure about starting solid foods before your baby is ready How to remedy “dangling feet” and why having baby’s feet resting on a solid footplate is essential for promoting safe swallow The benefits of offering early eaters food out of a suction plate or bowl and not directly on the tray or table How to cycle familiar foods back into your baby’s diet while continuing to offer new foods, flavors, textures and allergenic ingredients.   Other BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast episodes mentioned:   Ep 119 Premature Babies: How to Estimate & Adjust Age for Starting Solids  Ep 110 Catch-Up Weight: Why Starting Solids Early Will Not Help Your Baby Gain Weight with Rosan Meyer, PhD, RD  Ep 158 How Premature Babies Can Succeed with BLW with @doctorterrimd Terri Major-Kincade, MD   Guest Resources - Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP www.feedingfundamentals.com Instagram @soffimethod   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop     Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/     Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/255     Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
How Babies Learn to Chew and Swallow with Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP
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#254: How does my baby learn to chew and swallow food? In this episode Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP is explaining everything you ever wanted to know about how babies learn to chew and swallow food.    Dawn @msdawnslp is a baby-led weaning expert and product designer for ezpz. The baby-led weaning products she designed for babies 6-12 months mentioned in this episode are:   The ezpz Tiny Spoons The ezpz Tiny Cup The ezpz First Foods Set The ezpz Mini Cup + Straw System   Affiliate discount code KATIE10 works for all BLW feeding gear at ezpzfun.com.   The bigger kid new “Happy Line” products mentioned in this episode are:   The ezpz Happy Utensils The ezpz Happy Cup   Other BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast interview episodes with Dawn mentioned in this episode are:   Episode 54 Overstuffing: What If My Baby Takes Big Bites? with Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP Episode 40 6 Reasons to Skip the Sippy Cup with Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP Episode 195 Texture 101: Tips for Trying Trickier Textures with @msdawnslp Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP Episode 101 Straw Cup vs. Open Cups: Which Comes First? with Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/254 Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
Sodium Limits for Babies Around the World
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#253: How much salt or sodium is safe for babies to eat? In the United States we do not have clear-cut, evidence-based guidance for upper limits of sodium for infants…but other countries do have some standards for salt. In this episode we’re looking at what other countries’ nutrition and health bodies recommend as far as the amount of salt that babies can or should be eating.   If you’re interested in sodium and feeding babies, another episode I did on this topic that you might want to listen to is: Episode 33 “Salt: 3 Easy Ways To Minimize Sodium For Your Baby”. Need more ideas on foods that babies CAN eat? Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/253 Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
The Risk of Homemade Infant Formulas with Farryl Bertmann, PhD, RDN
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#252: Commercially prepared infant formula is a safe and effective substitute for human milk. Homemade infant formula has been linked to documented, serious injuries and negative health outcomes in babies. In this episode Farryl Bertmann, PhD, RDN joins me to talk about the risks and dangers of homemade infant formulas.    Farryl Bertmann is a Senior Lecturer in the UVM Nutrition and Food Sciences Department and faculty with the University of Vermont Food Systems Program. She works in the area of food security and nutrition assistance programs and co-authored the paper The Risk of Homemade Infant Formulas: Historical and Contemporary Considerations.   The four primary problems with homemade infant formula that are discussed in this interview are:   Inadequate nutrition and provision of nutrients in homemade infant formula Kidney health concerns due to inaccurate provision of minerals in homemade infant formula Food safety concerns and potential for foodborne illness from homemade infant formula Food allergy risk for babies   Read Dr. Bertmann and colleagues’ paper The Risk of Homemade Infant Formulas: Historical and Contemporary Considerations here.       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/252   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
Tools For Safe BLW Food Prep: In the Kitchen with Katie
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#251: Cutting foods the right shape and size is important for safe swallowing in baby-led weaning. In this episode I’m sharing some convenient kitchen tools for making BLW foods safe - many of which you probably already have in your kitchen!   Cutting Products Mentioned in this Episode include:   OXO grape cutter  Crinkle cutter  Pineapple corer Egg slicer Pizza cutter   Other BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast episodes mentioned in this episode:   Episode 37 “Soy: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food”   📲 📲 📲 📲   The shownotes for this episode are located here https://blwpodcast.com/251   The full BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast website is located here.   👀 💯 👀 💯 👀 💯   Looking for Katie Ferraro’s original 100 FIRST FOODS LIST?!   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨   Did you hear something you liked or learn something new in this BLW podcast episode? Would you kindly leave a review of the podcast for me?! (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Misleading Marketing Claims on Baby Foods with Ada Lizbeth Garcia, PhD
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#250: DYK 72% of packaged baby food snacks in the UK make claims about baby-led weaning? But are packaged baby foods healthier than real foods? Can you believe the health claims on pouches and other processed baby foods? In this episode I’m joined by researcher Ada Lizbeth Garcia, PhD who studies the impact of misleading marketing claims on baby foods in the UK.    Dr. Garcia is a researcher in Scotland who has looked at health claims, marketing claims and nutrient claims on foods that are packaged, processed and sold for babies to consume. In this episode we’re talking about terms you see on baby foods, like “ideal finger foods”, “encourages self feeding”, “perfect for small hands,” “great for your little”, “grab”...why there is no evidence to support these claims and the impact of such statements used in marketing of baby foods, including how this can impact breastfeeding rates and encourage early and unsafe introduction of solid foods in some cases. Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/250   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
BLW Feeding Schedule: First 10 Days of Baby-Led Weaning
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#249: Which foods should I start with for baby-led weaning? What are the best FIRST FOODS for my baby? Babies can eat so many more foods than we give them credit for and in this episode I’m sharing some tips for how to select the first foods you offer your baby.   Other episodes mentioned in this mini BLW training episode:   Episode 185 “6-7 Months Old Babies: Sample BLW Feeding Schedule”  Episode 246 “Arsenic in Baby Food with Charlotte Brody, RN and Jane Houlihan” Episode 6 “What Shape & Size Should My Baby’s Food Be at First?”    Want to get BLW recipes by email delivered to your inbox each week?   Click here to add your email address for free BLW recipes   Free 1-hour video training, “Baby-Led Weaning for Beginners” taught by Katie Ferraro - and grab your copy of my original 100 FIRST FOODS list on this training too:   Click here to register for this week’s workshop times     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/249   Learn something you liked in this episode? Please leave a review of the BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast on Apple podcasts 🙏 (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Taste and Flavor Development in Infancy with Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP
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#248: Does your baby have a preference for sweet foods? What flavors of foods are best to offer baby? In this episode we are exploring how babies develop taste and flavor preferences during infancy with Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP. Dr. Ross is a neonatal feeding and pediatric feeding development expert who developed the SOFFI method: Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants.   Shownotes for this episode with podcast transcript are at: https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/248   In this episode you will learn:   How babies develop flavor preferences beginning in utero Feeding concerns that premature babies may experience Recommendations for transitioning older infants off of the bottle   Other BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast episodes mentioned:   Ep 119 Premature Babies: How to Estimate & Adjust Age for Starting Solids  Ep 110 Catch-Up Weight: Why Starting Solids Early Will Not Help Your Baby Gain Weight with Rosan Meyer, PhD, RD  Ep 158 How Premature Babies Can Succeed with BLW with @doctorterrimd Terri Major-Kincade, MD   Guest Resources - Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP www.feedingfundamentals.com Instagram @soffimethod       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow Katie Ferraro @babyledweanteam on Instagram   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/248   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review this podcast where you’re seeing this? (...reviews especially help other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
3 Signs that BLW is Going Well for Your Baby
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#247: Looking for ways to know if baby-led weaning is going well for your baby? Feeling like you’re about to throw in the towel because you don’t know if it is working? In this episode I am going to redefine what a win and a success is when doing BLW. So do not stress because you will learn about three clear signs that you and your baby are successfully navigating your blw journey.   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/247   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Arsenic in Baby Food with Charlotte Brody, RN and Jane Houlihan
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#246: You can’t “buy your way out” of the heavy metal in baby food conversation. Heavy metals like lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury are present in whole foods that we modify for baby-led weaning. In this episode I’m interviewing Charlotte Brody, RN and Jane Houlihan from Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF). Their landmark 2019 study “What’s in My Baby’s Food?” found that 95% of baby foods tested contained toxic chemicals that lower babies’ IQ, including arsenic and lead. Charlotte Brody is the HBBF National Director and Jane Houlihan is the HBBF Research Director and in this interview they are explaining: WHY heavy metals end up in our food supply to begin with…and why buying organic does not erase the problem WHICH foods have higher heavy metal concentrations…and why simple steps like removing the skin from sweet potatoes can help cut exposure for your baby HOW to prepare foods to lower risk for your baby…boiling rice like it’s pasta in lots of cooking water, choosing baby spinach over bigger pieces and more tips for making your baby’s food safe     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/246   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2022
BLW Grocery Haul: Go Grocery Shopping with Katie Ferraro
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#245: Interested in going on a BLW grocery haul with ME? This is your opportunity to plan ahead and shop for groceries that are the most appropriate to offer your baby during baby-led weaning. In this episode, we will be touching on WHAT to look out for when you are at the grocery store, HOW to plan and WHERE to start on the list of foods that you can offer to your baby…I have to say that I also have a surprise for a couple of you, so listen in to enter the special giveaway!     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/245   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
WIC Grocery Haul with TikTok Mom Sunni Rudd @justsunni
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#244: A WIC mom who found ways to turn her WIC-approved foods into easy, budget-friendly recipes is turning heads! In case you are not familiar, WIC is the US Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, a program that is designed to offer nutritious food and nutrition education to income-eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to the age of five.    There are only a number of very specific WIC-approved food items which can make it a bit tough for participants when putting together meals at home. In this episode, I interviewed Tiktok mom Sunni Rudd, a WIC participant who has created a committed space to share helpful recipe ideas that include foods provided by the WIC program and baby-led weaning friendly.      Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/244   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2022
5 Surprising Feeding Setbacks...and How to Avoid Them
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#243: Finding yourself hesitant to start baby-led weaning with your baby because of the constant feeding push-backs you encounter as a parent? Feeling a bit overwhelmed because of the fear of watching your baby gag when eating?  Preparing for what is to come and understanding the natural process of transitioning to solid foods will help a parent become confident in their baby’s ability to self-feed. In this episode I am sharing tips and tricks on how parents can work around feeding roadblocks they encounter while baby-led weaning.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/243   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2022
How to Celebrate Baby-Led Weaning Day
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#242: Here it is again…the second annual BABY-LED WEANING DAY! The mid-year mark, July 1, was chosen to recognize and celebrate a baby’s ability to feed themselves and I wanted to provide you with ways to do just that! In this episode I will share five different options for parents to be able to celebrate this special day along with family and their BLW baby. I want to wish you a Happy Baby-Led Weaning Day and hope you have fun recognizing all the great things babies can learn to do while baby-led weaning!     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/242   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
How did Baby-Led Weaning Get its Name? with Gill Rapley, PhD
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#241: Ever wondered why baby-led weaning was called “baby-led weaning”? To answer this question, I went ahead and asked the creator herself! In this episode I am joined by Gill Rapley, PhD, co-author of the original BLW book and founding philosopher of the baby-led weaning movement. In this interview Gill shares her reasoning behind why she chose to coin the method “baby-led weaning” and why she finds certain vocabulary to be more or less appropriate to use in the feeding environment.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/241   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
Best BLW Gear Recommendations with @babylist Jennifer LaBracio
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#240: Wondering what the best baby-led weaning gear is for your baby? When it comes to baby gadgets or feeding essentials there are endless possibilities to choose from. To avoid unnecessary purchases, Jennifer LaBracio who is the expert and baby gear editor at Babylist joins me to talk about the must-have baby-led weaning gear for parents whose babies are transitioning to solid foods.        Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/240   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
Breakfast Ideas for Baby-Led Weaning
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#239: Looking for ways to offer your baby an easy, yet balanced breakfast meal? This is the episode for you! It’s not unusual for parents to stress over the idea of preparing breakfast for their babies and the question is often: WHAT can I give my baby for breakfast? In this episode we are diving into breakfast ideas for baby-led weaning, looking into how you can make simple meals and how to make feeding easier for both you and your baby.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/239   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2022
5 Choking Prevention Tips with Brandon Doerksen
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#238: Is choking serious business? Of course it is! Although rare, choking is a real risk and a primary concern for all parents when starting their baby on solids. To help ease this anxiety, I am joined by Brandon Doerksen who is the founder of Thrive Training Institute which is an online CPR program aiming to help parents gain knowledge and confidence in case they encounter a choking baby. Brandon will be reviewing five choking prevention tips on how to reduce the risk of choking in babies while baby-led weaning.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/238   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Getting Grandparents on Board: BLW Across Generations
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#237: Worried that your baby’s grandparents may never be on-board with baby-led weaning? You’re a grandparent feeling anxious that your grandchild is skipping purees? In this episode, I am joined by two grandmas who will share their personal experiences with baby-led weaning their grandchildren and what convinced them to jump on the BLW wagon.        Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/237   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
Positive Tilt: Get Permission from Your Baby with Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, M.Ed., FAOTA
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#236: Having our babies reject food at mealtimes almost always turns into a stressful situation. The question is, should you offer your baby food and patiently wait for acceptance or demand that they eat it? To answer this question, I am joined by Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, M.Ed., FAOTA, a pediatric occupational therapist who has spent over fifty years specializing in children with feeding challenges.    In this episode, Marsha discusses with us her “positive tilt” construct which is a sign of sensory permission or a way babies communicate to their parents when they are finally ready to lean towards food, open their mouths to eat and create a connection or a “yes moment” within their feeding environment.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/236   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
When to Move Milk Behind Food with Nicole Boehm
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#235: How can I switch my baby’s feeding schedule so they eat solids before offering milk? Will my baby need to drink less bottles when eating more food? As a baby nears the one year mark, it is important to prepare them for the transition into cow’s milk by switching solids before milk feeds but also gradually reducing the amount of milk that they drink. In this episode, I am joined by first-time mom Nicole Boehm and we’ll be taking the time to brainstorm a new feeding schedule for her almost one year old baby where solid foods can now be offered before milk feedings while baby-led weaning.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/235   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2022
Calming an Upset Baby at Mealtimes with Aliza Pressman, PhD
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#234: Why is my baby so upset during mealtimes? How can I make feeding less stressful? An upset baby often results in a stressed-out parent, especially during mealtimes. Inadvertently our emotions can also trigger an upset baby but it is necessary for parents to co-regulate with their babies to allow them to develop their ability to cope and deal with their own emotions.    In this episode, I am interviewing professor and developmental psychologist Dr. Aliza Pressman who will be talking about anxiety during mealtimes and how parents can help support their babies by modeling a sense of emotional balance in order to teach their babies how to self-regulate.       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/234   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2022
Can I Travel with a BLW Baby?
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#233: Can I travel with a baby-led weaning baby? The answer is yes! Hitting the road with your baby does not need to turn into a road battle; in fact, there are lots of ways to make feeding a baby while traveling much easier and less stressful. In this episode I am walking you through some basic tips on WHERE, HOW and WHAT you can do when you are feeding your baby on-the-go while baby-led weaning.      Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/233   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 30, 2022
Tuna Talk: Is it Safe for Babies to Eat Canned Tuna with @consumerreports Michael K. Hansen, PhD
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#232: Can I offer my baby canned tuna? Does all tuna contain mercury? Well Consumer Reports has issued an important wake-up call for the topic of mercury in tuna and its safety for babies and pregnant women. In this episode we are joined by Michael K. Hansen, PhD, he is the Senior Scientist at Consumer Reports who will be discussing the current safety guidelines for offering tuna to babies and what they found when conducting a review of various fish products containing mercury.      Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/232   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2022
My 9 Favorite Allergenic Food Recipes for Baby-Led Weaning
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#231: How can I offer my baby the BIG 9 allergenic foods? What are some of the safer ways to prepare allergenic foods while baby-led weaning? In this episode I am sharing some of my favorite allergenic food recipes that are great for introducing the big nine foods that account for about 90% of food allergies. In my mini-course that I co-teach with pediatrician Dr. Ron Sunog, you will find complete recipes mentioned today that will provide you with ways of offering your baby allergenic foods “early and often” while baby-led weaning.       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/231   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
FPIES: How Do I Know if My Baby Has Food-Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome? with Marion Groetch, MS, RDN
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#230: What is FPIES? How do I know if my baby has FPIES? Although food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome is a very rare food allergy reaction in babies, it is important for parents to understand the difference between an IgE and non IgE mediated allergy, as they are often mistaken for the other. In this episode, I am joined by a global expert on the topic of FPIES, Marion Groetch, MS, RDN who is here to discuss some of the common symptoms that result from trigger foods and suggestions on what parents should do if they suspect their baby has FPIES.       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/230   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2022
Unpacking the Infant Formula Recall and Formula Shortage with Helena Bottemiller Evich
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#229: In recent months, there has been a downpour of information that has been released in regards to the current formula recall which has resulted in a considerable amount of formula shortages. In this episode, I am joined by researcher and writer Helena Bottemiller Evich who is the senior food and agriculture reporter at Politico and has followed closely on the topic. Helena is here to provide us with a look behind the unfortunate shortage of formula and the hard times that many parents are facing while trying to feed their formula-fed babies.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/229   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
5 Food Allergy Prevention Tips from Feeding Experts
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#228: How can I help lower the risk of food allergies for my baby? Why should babies be introduced to foods early and often? Can allergenic foods be prepared safely for my baby?...In this episode I am sharing some of the best allergy prevention tips from five different feeding experts who specialize in food allergy research and practice. Listen and learn the latest facts about how the introduction of allergenic foods can help reduce the risk of allergic reactions for babies while baby-led weaning.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/228   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
When Does the Food Allergy Prevention Window Close? with @allergykidsdoc David Stukus, MD
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#227: Did you know that babies may have a window of opportunity to prevent allergies in the future? The new and emerging data on infant allergy states that early and often introduction of foods to babies may help prevent food allergies in the long run. In this episode, I am joined by leading allergist Dr. Stukus who gives us insight on this window available for babies to eat the BIG 8 +sesame foods while baby-led weaning.       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/227   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2022
Allergenic Foods: Why Your Pediatrician Isn’t Talking About This with Ron Sunog, MD
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#226: What if my doctor is not on board with feeding my baby the allergenic foods? How do I know it’s safe to offer my baby peanuts? My doctor said to hold-off on offering any of the BIG 8 allergenic foods to avoid possible allergic reactions! If this is or has been the case, this episode is for you.    In this episode, Dr. Ron Sunog, who is a pediatrician specializing in preventing food allergy with food, joins me to discuss the reasons why some pediatricians may not be putting into practice the newer evidence-based guidelines on early introduction of the big allergenic foods to babies.       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/226   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
Behind the Scenes: Making the Baby-Led Weaning Made Easy Podcast
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#225: We have now hit the two year anniversary of the BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY Podcast! To celebrate, I am giving you a behind the scenes look into the making of the podcast. I will share with you the HOW and WHEN it all started and my overall reason for creating this podcast whose goal has been to help parents and caregivers gain competence and knowledge to be able to safely start solids with baby-led weaning.      Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/225   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Sugarproofing Your Baby with Michael Goran, PhD
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#224: How much sugar is OK for my baby? According to the current dietary guidelines, it is recommended to avoid any added sugars for babies zero to twenty-four months old. To get a better understanding of why these recommendations are given, I am interviewing, professor, director and co-author Dr. Michael I. Goran, PhD who will be touching on the downsides of added sugars in baby food during the developmental stages. Dr. Goran will be providing some tips on how to SUGARPROOF your baby by offering natural sugars in place of added sugars.        Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/224   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022
Ground Meat: How to Safely Offer Ground Meat for Babies
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#223: Is ground meat safe for babies to eat? Of course! In this episode we’re looking at ways to offer different types of ground meat to babies but also how to make sure it is cooked and offered safely for baby-led weaning.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/223   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Best BLW Advice from Parents & Caregivers Who Have Been There!
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#222: Ever wondered what helped other parents and caregivers be successful at baby-led weaning? It is often common for all parents to experience the same feelings of stress and fear while introducing their babies to solids but what better thing than to ask the parents who have been there for their best piece of advice? In this episode, I will share a number of great suggestions from parents to parents!       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/222   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022
Gagging: What do I do if My Baby Gags on Food?
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#221: Gagging vs. choking: What’s the difference and when should you worry? It is important to understand that gagging is part of the feeding process when introducing a baby to solid foods and a gagging baby may often be confused with a choking one. In this episode, we are touching on some of the ways to recognize the differences between choking and gagging to help parents and caregivers get over their fear of seeing their baby gag while doing baby-led weaning.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/221   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
Proposed WIC Food Package Changes for Infants with Darlena Birch, MBA, RDN
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#220: For those who are currently WIC participants or WIC educators there may be LOTS of great nutritional changes in the horizon for the food package issued to babies. WIC is the US Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, a program that is designed to offer nutritious foods and nutrition education to income-eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to the age of five.  In this episode, I had the opportunity to interview the National WIC Association’s Senior Manager of Public Health, Darlena Birch, MBA, RDN who talks about the proposed changes underway regarding the package of food provided to WIC participants. Darlena focuses on explaining the recommendations to reduce the amount of jarred infant food and replace it with an increased amount of fresh fruits and vegetables which would be a great opportunity for participants to offer their babies a greater variety of foods.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Show notes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/220   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
How to Sous Vide Meat Safely for BLW with Iliana Cruz
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#219: Ever wonder what other ways you can use to cook meat for your baby during baby-led weaning? In this episode Iliana Cruz, an owner of a meat processing plant specializing in the sous vide cooking method is here to describe how using this method of cooking can help prepare meat with perfect texture and consistency for BLW.       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/219   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Down Syndrome BLW Success Stories with @ableappetites Sabrina Smiley Evans, MS, CCC-SLP
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#218: What are some feeding challenges for babies with Down syndrome? Can baby-led weaning work if my baby has Down syndrome? In this episode speech-language pathologist Sabrina Smiley Evans, MS, CCC-SLP is joining me to discuss some of the feeding challenges that babies with Down syndrome may encounter but also the ways in which parents and caregivers can moderate and create a safe environment for these babies to successfully accomplish baby-led weaning and become independent eaters.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/218   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Crackers: How to Safely Select, Prepare & Offer Crackers for Babies
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#217: Are crackers safe for early eaters to eat? When can babies safely eat crackers? In this episode we will be discussing when it is safe to offer crackers to babies while baby-led weaning. We will be looking at common ingredients that are found in crackers, ways to carefully select and offer them and reasons why crackers are not necessarily the ideal choice for early BLW babies.       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/217   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
Food Allergy & Kids: What’s New and Notable with Ron Sunog, MD
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#216: Just in case you are wondering if there are any updates in the pediatric food allergy world…Dr. Ron Sunog, who is a pediatrician specializing in preventing food allergy with food, joined me in this episode to give us an update on food allergy in babies. He discusses recent studies that have been published and also talks about the recently added ninth major food allergen: sesame.       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/216   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
Portion Distortion: Why Aren't There Set Portion Sizes for Baby-Led Weaning?
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#215: What portion sizes should I be offering my baby when starting solids? Reality is that there is no clear or definitive guideline to what an exact portion size of food should look like for a baby. In this episode I will share some ideas of how much a baby might eat but also share some tips about things you can do to help your baby learn how to eat. At the end of the day there are really no rules or guidelines for portion sizes during baby-led weaning.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/215   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
Overcoming Anxiety in the Feeding Relationship with Jo Cormack, PhD
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#214: Feeling anxious about starting solids? Although it's pretty common for parents and caretakers to experience feelings of anxiety when facing the transition into solids with their babies, it does not have to be terrifying. In this episode I am joined by Jo Cormack, PhD who is a researcher, child feeding specialist, and award winning author. Jo is here to talk about the psychology of feeding and how parents can overcome their feelings of anxiety while building a feeding relationship with their babies.      Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/214   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
BLW Teething Tweaks: What Changes Do I Make When My Baby is Teething?
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#213: Do I have to wait until my baby has teeth to offer solids? Nope!..And although teething is often a time when babies begin to experience a change, it is really not necessary to make any drastic adjustments to solid foods during the teething process. In this episode I discuss the idea that having teeth is not a prerequisite for introducing solids and share some recommendations for teething babies who are ready to begin their baby-led weaning journey!     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/213   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
How to Raise an Intuitive Eater: Part II with Amee Severson, MPP-D, RDN
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#212: How does baby-led weaning fit into the intuitive eating model? and What can I do to teach my baby mindful eating? In this second part of the 2-part interview series with the authors of the book ‘How to Raise an Intuitive Eater: Raising the Next Generation with Food and Body Confidence’, I have the pleasure of having the second co-author, registered dietitian and intuitive eating counselor, Amee Severson, MPP-D, RDN. In this episode we will be discussing further the topic of intuitive eating, the need to focus on the well-being of babies and the need to support their natural intuitive eating instincts.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/212   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
How to Schedule Milk Feeds with Solid Food for Baby-Led Weaning
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#211: Should I feed my baby less milk after starting solids? Do I feed my baby solids before or after milk? And how much milk should my baby drink when starting food? In this episode I will be sharing some ideas on how you can schedule milk feeds in combination with food patterns throughout the baby-led weaning journey.       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/211   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
How to Raise an Intuitive Eater: Part I with Sumner Brooks, MPH, RD, CEDRD
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#210: What is intuitive eating? And how can I raise my baby to be an intuitive eater? Finding a balance between offering a variety of foods and the necessary nutrition is an important key to creating a healthy relationship between a baby and food.  This is a two-part interview series with the co-authors of the book ‘How to Raise an Intuitive Eater: Raising the Next Generation with Food and Body Confidence’. In this episode co-author and registered dietitian Sumner Brooks, MPH, RDN, CEDRD defines what intuitive eating is and how infants are naturally born as intuitive eaters. She also discusses the importance of allowing our babies to develop their curiosity for trying new foods through feeling, touching, and experiencing food without the need to “push” them to do so.       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/210   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
Fruit Vacation: How to Help Babies Who Overly Favor Fruit
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#209: Ever been on a fruit vacation?...Well, it’s probably not what you think but if you are worried that your baby might be eating too much fruit, then taking a fruit vacation may just be a solution. In this episode I will talk about some tips on what to do when your baby is favoring fruit over other foods and how to effectively balance your baby’s plate for baby-led weaning.      Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/209   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
Heavy Metals in Baby Food with @consumerreports James E. Rogers, PhD
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#208: Does baby food really contain heavy metals that are toxic for my baby? Well according to the tests that Consumer Reports conducted on fifty nationally distributed packaged baby and toddler foods, it definitely does! In this episode we are joined by James E. Rogers PhD, he is the Director of Food Safety Research and Testing at Consumer Reports who will be talking about how the heavy metals in baby food study was conducted, why they chose the tested baby foods, what the tests found and some recommendations for parents who are considering some of these products for their babies.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/208   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2022
5 BLW Sauce Recipes to Make Swallowing Safer
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#207: How can I make my baby’s food safer for baby-led weaning? Dry foods often increase choking risks for babies but one way to make swallowing safer is by adding dippers, toppers, or sauces to add more moisture to foods and help baby swallow easier. In this episode, I will be talking about ways to make foods safer for babies and sharing a free download with 5 low-sodium sauce recipes that I created for BLW that will have your baby safely swallowing in no time!       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/207   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
Stay in Your Lane: Parent & Baby Roles in Infant Feeding with Marsha Dunn Klein OTR/L, MEd, FAOTA
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#206: What is my feeding role as a parent and how do I make sure that I stay in my lane to ensure a healthy feeding relationship with my baby? Oftentimes it is common to feel the need and responsibility to manage what, when, and how much our babies eat but in reality a parent and a baby have different jobs during the transition into solid foods and learning how to eat. In this episode, I am joined by Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, MEd, FAOTA who is a pediatric occupational therapist specialized in working with children who have feeding challenges for 50 years and she is here to clearly define what a parent and baby role consist of and provide us with some tips on how to build a stronger feeding relationship.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/206   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
High Chair Help: What if My Baby Won’t Sit in the High Chair?
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#205: Positioning a baby properly on a high chair is easier than you may expect, it’s getting the baby to WANT to stay on their high chair that may be the problem!..So what do you do if you have that baby who will not sit in the high chair? In this episode I share a number of different coping mechanisms for babies who do not like to sit in the high chair when starting their solid foods journey.   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/205   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2022
Data-Driven Feeding Decisions with Emily Oster, PhD @profemilyoster
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#204: Ever wonder how you can equip yourself with the tools to make the best decisions for your baby? Being a parent involves an overwhelming number of duties and responsibilities and in this episode Emily Oster, PhD who is an economics professor and very well known author in the parenting field is here to talk about the data that is available to help parents and caregivers make data-driven decisions for their babies.      Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/204   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
Vegan Mom, Cattle-Rancher Dad & a BLW Baby: Family Feeding Dynamics with Suzy Quebbeman
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#203: Is it possible to be Vegan but feed your baby meat?...Of course! In this episode Suzy Quebbeman who is a vegan mom, married to a cattle-rancher and offering her baby animal foods while practicing baby-led weaning is here to talk about her family’s feeding dynamics and how she is open to offering her baby a variety of foods.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/203   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
Gut Check: Microbiome and Food Allergy Development with Liam O’Mahony, PhD
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#202: Have you ever wondered how the bacteria present in your baby’s gut can have an effect on allergic reactions? In this episode researcher, professor and immunologist Liam O’Mahony PhD, who specializes in the basic mechanisms by which microbes influence allergic sensitization within the gut, joins me to talk about how a baby’s gut microbiome can play a role in food allergies and how diet diversity can help decrease allergy risks.      Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/202   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2022
Order of BLW Foods to Feed: Does it Matter?
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#201 What foods should be introduced first when starting baby-led weaning? Although there are certain situations where some foods need to be introduced later on in the feeding process..Spoiler Alert! The order of baby-led weaning foods introduced to a baby does not matter. In this episode we are exploring the fact that parents and caretakers have all the freedom they need to offer babies the variety of foods they want when starting baby-led weaning.   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/201   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2022
Combo Feeding: Can I Do BLW + Traditional Spoon-Feeding Together? with Gill Rapley, PhD
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#200: Is it possible to “combine” baby-led weaning with traditional spoon-feeding? This approach is sometimes called “combination” or “combo feeding”. To celebrate episode 200 of the BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast I am honored to be joined by GIll Rapley, PhD, co-author of the original BLW book and founding philosopher of the baby-led weaning movement for this discussion. In this interview Gill shares her thoughts on what constitutes a “baby-led” approach to feeding, whether or not this can incorporate aspects of traditional parent-led spoon feeding, plus ideas on utilization of purees and spoons that you might be surprised to hear!       Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/200   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
Beginner's Guide to Baby-Led Weaning: Starting Solid Foods Safely with BLW
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#199: What things do I need to know or get before starting baby-led weaning? How do you minimize the mess and which bibs are best? In this episode I’m walking you through some of the basic tips and tools you’ll need as you learn to navigate baby-led weaning and start solid foods safely.   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/199   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!)    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2022
Adapted Baby-Led Weaning for Feeding Challenges with Jill Rabin, MS, CCC-SLP/L, IBCLC
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#198: Is baby-led weaning unsafe for babies with feeding difficulties? Is it even attainable to successfully transition babies with special needs into solids by using the BLW approach? In this episode pediatric speech pathologist and international board certified lactation consultant Jill Rabin joins me to talk about the adapted baby-led weaning approach that she developed to safely help babies with feeding challenges be successful with the baby-led weaning approach.        Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/198   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
Sick Days & Solid Foods: Do I Stop Trying New Foods When My Baby is Sick?
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#197: Do I stop trying new foods when my baby is sick? Is it safe to offer my baby food if they are sick? In this episode we’re exploring some techniques for managing sick days when you’re also transitioning to solid foods.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/197   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2022
Rituals for Weaning: Making Your Baby's Mealtimes Memorable with @morningaltars Day Schildkret
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#196: How can you make your baby’s mealtime memorable? Day Schildkret is an internationally renowned artist who has inspired many people around the world to reconnect with nature and creativity through the practice of earth art, ritual, and mindfulness.    In this episode, artist, author, and teacher Day Schildkret talks about the importance of  enjoying and honoring a baby’s transition from milk into baby foods through the practice of mealtime weaning rituals.        If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FREE BABY-LED WEANING RECIPE IDEAS FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/babyledweaningrecipes/   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/196 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
Texture 101: Tips for Trying Trickier Textures with @msdawnslp Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP
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#195: How do you get your baby to eat new textures? What texture of foods can babies safely eat? In this episode baby-led weaning expert Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP and I are discussing tips for trying out trickier textures for your baby and why we don’t want to get stuck on purees!   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/195   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2022
BLW Food Size: Why Do Early Eaters Need Big Pieces of Food? with @msdawnslp Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP
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#194: What size do you cut food for baby-led weaning? When is it safe to cut foods smaller for babies? In this episode BLW expert Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP is teaching why we make BLW foods bigger at first and how you can help your baby succeed in self-feeding by cutting foods the right size early on in self-feeding.   Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/194   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2022
Protein: How Much Protein Does My Baby Need?
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#193: Why does protein hold so much POWER over parents?! Most adults eat too much protein and are obsessed with protein for all the wrong reasons…and we do NOT want to project this protein pressure onto our babies! In this episode we are exploring how much protein does your baby REALLY need to be getting from solid foods, what are the good sources of protein foods for babies and how do you know if your baby is eating enough or too much protein.     Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/193   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
Best BLW Advice from the Leading Feeding Experts
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#192: When is my baby ready to start baby-led weaning? What does an allergic reaction to food look like? Why are pouches bad for babies? …in this episode I’m including some of the best baby-led weaning advice from the leading feeding experts who were featured on the podcast in the last year. Listen in to learn about the best first foods for babies to eat, why you don’t need to wait 3-5 days between trying new foods and what you can do if your baby has eczema to help reduce food allergy risk.      Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   Shownotes with all the links mentioned in this episode are here: https://blwpodcast.com/192   Learn something you liked in this episode? Would you kindly subscribe, rate and review where you’re seeing this? (...it really helps other parents find this BLW info too!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2022
12 Month Old Babies: Sample BLW Feeding Schedule
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#191 How much food should a 1-year-old baby eat? Much of baby-led weaning is “practicing” for where we want baby to be when he or she turns 12 months, but what feeding milestones and accomplishments do we want to achieve by the time baby turns 1? In this episode we’re exploring sample BLW feeding schedules for babies at 12 months of age.    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast if you found this helpful!   Get the 100 FIRST FOODS list on this BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ Shownotes for this episode: https://blwpodcast.com/191 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
Why This Mom Decided to do BLW After Spoon-Feeding Her First 3 with Arlene Peck
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#190 - Can you imagine an 8 ½ year gap between your 3rd and 4th babies? My friend Arlene Peck did just that…and as soon as she found out she was pregnant, Arlene 100% on board wanting to do baby-led weaning. Now Jacob is 6 months old, sitting on his own and she’s about to start his 100 FIRST FOODS with baby-led weaning journey. Listen in as we learn from a mom who did not do BLW with her first 3, but is sharing her before and after concerns, comments and insight during day 1 of baby-led weaning with her 4th baby Jacob.    Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast if you found this helpful!   Get the 100 FIRST FOODS list: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   Follow @babyledweanteam on IG: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/ Shownotes for this episode: https://blwpodcast.com/190 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2021
10-11 Months Old Babies: Sample BLW Schedule
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#189: How often should babies who are 10-11 months old eat solid foods? Should they be allowed to feel some “casual hunger”, do we drop another milk feed? What about transitioning off of the bottle and onto the open cup. In this episode I am joined by TWENTY moms of babies 10-11 months old who are graciously sharing their schedule and what’s going on with their older babies…this is a little bit of a longer episode, but hoping you can learn from some of their shared experiences about feeding babies who are 10-11 months old.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   100 FIRST FOODS list is on this workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   QUICK-START GUIDE FOR BLW ebook: fortifiedfam.com/blwguide   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/189 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2021
Breastmilk Testing: Why Measure the Quality of Your Breastmilk? with @lactationlab Stephanie Canale, MD
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#188: Is your breastmilk the same as my breastmilk? What if my breastmilk is lacking in nutrients that is compromising my baby’s growth? And can I measure the quality of my breastmilk? These are questions that Dr. Stephanie Canale wondered as a new mom and is now working to answer through her work as the founder of Lactation Lab.   In this episode Dr. Canale is explaining her breastmilk testing technology and services that are helping moms get a more clear understanding of the quality of their breastmilk and how that impacts their baby’s health.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH 100 FIRST FOODS LIST: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/188 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2021
8-9 Months Old Babies: Sample BLW Feeding Schedule
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#187: How often should babies who are 8-9 months old eat? And what foods should they be eating? Is it time to drop a milk feed yet? Inside of this episode I’m joined by 5 moms of babies who are 8-9 months old and they’re sharing their current baby-led weaning feeding schedules. Some are struggling, some are succeeding, but all are doing a great job leaning into their baby’s ability to self-feed...and I hope you can glean some insight on possible schedule setups for YOUR 8-9 month old baby from this episode.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH THE 100 FIRST FOODS LIST: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   GET THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO BABY-LED WEANING E-BOOK WITH GREAT TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED WITH SOLID FOODS: fortifiedfam.com/blwguide   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/187 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
What if I Don't Eat the Same BLW Foods as My Baby? with Katelynn Sasaki, MS, RDN
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#186: How bad is it if you don’t eat the same food your baby eats? Are you doing irreparable baby-led weaning damage if you don’t want to or can’t model eating BLW foods with your baby? Registered Dietitian Katelynn Sasaki is joining me on the podcast to break down a few scenarios where you might not want to or can’t eat the same foods as your baby, and what that means (and doesn’t mean) for your baby’s self-feeding success.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/186 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2021
6-7 Months Old Babies: Sample BLW Feeding Schedule
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#185: What feeding schedule should my 6-7 month old baby be on if we just started solid foods? How many times a day should I try food...am I doing it too much? Or too little? In this episode we’re looking at some baby-led weaning scheduling ideas for babies who are 6-7 months old. I’m being joined by 4 moms of babies who are 6 and 7 months old and are sharing their current feeding schedule to hopefully give YOU some ideas!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH THE 100 FIRST FOODS LIST: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   GET THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO BABY-LED WEANING E-BOOK WITH GREAT TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED WITH SOLID FOODS: fortifiedfam.com/blwguide   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/185 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
Positive Parenting: Staying Upbeat When You're Feeling Defeated about Baby-Led Weaning with Candice Jones, MD
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#184: Ever have any clouds of doubt hanging over your head with regard to feeding your baby? Like maybe you were all gung-ho about baby-led weaning at the beginning, but pushback from family and friends or fears about feeding are getting in the way of your success.   It’s one thing to say “be positive”, but it’s another to learn the skills that will really help you do so! In this episode I’m interviewing pediatrician, author and parenting expert Dr. Candice Jones about positive parenting and how we can stay upbeat even when feeling defeated about doing baby-led weaning.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/184 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
Bread: When Can Babies Safely Eat Bread?
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#183: Is bread the best food for early eaters to eat? When can babies safely eat bread? In this episode we’re diving into bread for baby-led weaning, looking at sodium levels, swallowing safety and some simple ideas for non-bread carbohydrate foods your baby can more safely eat early on in BLW.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/183 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
GERD: Does Starting Solids Early Help Babies with GERD? with Peter Lu, MD
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#182: What do babies with reflux or GERD need to do differently when it comes to starting solid foods? In this episode pediatric gastroenterologist Peter Lu, MD is joining me to run through how having GERD affects baby’s ability to do baby-led weaning. Dr. Lu specializes in motility disorders and is a real life first time dad of baby Emma. They’re doing baby-led weaning with her, so he knows exactly what you’re going through too!   If you’ve ever been told that starting solid foods early will help manage baby’s GERD, Dr. Lu has some new and exciting research and findings that will reframe how you think about timing your GERD baby’s intro to solid foods.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/182 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2021
Which Thanksgiving Foods Can Babies Safely Eat?
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#181: Bring that baby up to the table for Thanksgiving! In this episode we’re digging through the Thanksgiving menu to find foods that babies can safely eat for baby-led weaning. From turkey to mashed potatoes and roasted veggies on the side, I’m sharing my favorite Thanksgiving foods for babies (plus advice on which holiday meal foods to pass on too).       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/181 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Food Allergies FAQs with Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH
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#180: Does feeding allergenic foods to your baby freak you out? In this episode we are joined by leading food allergy researcher and author Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH for a food allergy question and answer session.   From timing of introduction of allergenic foods for babies, to the amounts of protein to be feeding and whether foods are better than supplements for preventing food allergy, Dr. Gupta is answering all of your most frequently asked questions about introducing allergenic foods for babies.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/180 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
Why I Wait to Feed These 5 Foods
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#179: Babies can eat MOST foods if they’re prepared safely...but there are a few baby-led weaning foods I prefer to wait to feed. Inside of this episode I’m breaking down 5 foods that I wait on when teaching babies how to eat...and why!   < < FREE MINI CRASH COURSE: BLW MEAT WEEK November 15 - 19, 2021, register for free at www.blwmeatweek.com > >        If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/179   REGISTER FOR BLW MEAT WEEK: FREE MINI CRASH COURSE COVERING 5 MEATS: www.blwmeatweek.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2021
White Meat Your Baby Can Safely Eat
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#178: What is white meat and is it safe for babies to eat? In this episode we are exploring various types of white meat: poultry and fish, including ideal cuts and preparation methods of each that are safest for baby-led weaning.   < < FREE MINI CRASH COURSE: BLW MEAT WEEK November 15 - 19, 2021, register for free at www.blwmeatweek.com > >        If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/178   REGISTER FOR BLW MEAT WEEK: FREE MINI CRASH COURSE COVERING 5 MEATS: https://www.blwmeatweek.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2021
Red Meat Your Baby Can Safely Eat
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#177: Red meat vs. white meat: what’s the difference when it comes to feeding your baby? In this episode we’re looking at some ideal cuts of red meat for baby-led weaning. From classification to nutrition and fat content, this episode explores your best bets when it comes to red meat and feeding babies.   < < FREE MINI CRASH COURSE: BLW MEAT WEEK November 15 - 19, 2021, register for free at www.blwmeatweek.com > >    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/177 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
BLW at the Butcher: Identifying Ideal Cuts of Meat for Babies with 4th Generation Butcher Cara Nicoletti
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#176: Can babies safely eat meat? You bet! In this episode Cara Nicoletti, a 4th generation butcher is helping to identify some ideal cuts of meat for baby-led weaning.    Not all meat cuts are safe for babies, and not all meat preparation methods are either...but once you know the few key cuts, your baby can certainly safely self-feed a variety of meats!     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/176 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
Pork: How to Safely Prepare Pork for Baby-Led Weaning
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#175: If your family eats animal products, pork can be a great first food for baby-led weaning. In this episode I’m walking you through the meat counter at your store identifying cuts of pork that are easy to make safe for baby-led weaning.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/175 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
Fostering Food Neutrality from Baby's First Bites with @raisingbodypositivekids Riley Peterson, RD
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#174: Do you ever catch yourself saying negative things about food at mealtime even when you don’t realize you’re doing it? Our babies and kids are watching and listening and our words are shaping their relationship with food even from their first bites. In this episode I’m interviewing dietitian and body positive coach Riley Peterson from @raisingbodypositive kids about how we can create a more food neutral household.   Using this positive language and avoiding certain words about food can go a long way in helping to avoid the charged associations with foods that many children are exposed to very early in life. You CAN create a food neutral household in YOUR house and it can start as early as when your baby is beginning solid foods with baby-led weaning.      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/174 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
More BLW Q&A: Ask Me Anything with Katie Ferraro
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#173: In this part two episode, I’m answering your called-in baby-feeding questions that you just can’t find the answer to anywhere. We will cover exposure to allergens, what “counts” as a food exposure and how to expand baby’s palate.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   GET THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO BABY-LED WEANING E-BOOK WITH GREAT TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED WITH SOLID FOODS: fortifiedfam.com/blwguide   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH THE 100 FIRST FOODS LIST: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/173 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
High Chair Positioning: Reduce Choking Risk Using This One Simple Move with Jeff Durkee of Nomi High Chair
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#172: Positioning your baby properly in a high chair is easier than you think! In this episode we’re joined by Jeff Durkee from Nomi High Chair who is sharing some simple tips for helping your baby get seated safely in the high chair. One trick in particular can drastically reduce your baby’s risk of choking too!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/172 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
BLW: Ask Me Anything Q&A with Katie Ferraro
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#171: Ever had one of those burning baby-feeding questions and you just can’t find the answer anywhere? In this episode I’m tackling a few of your called-in questions about baby-led weaning...the ones that are really stumping you or that you’re just plain stuck on.    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   GET THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO BABY-LED WEANING E-BOOK WITH GREAT TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED WITH SOLID FOODS: fortifiedfam.com/blwguide   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH THE 100 FIRST FOODS LIST: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/171 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
Sensory 101: What Motivates Babies to Eat? with Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, MEd
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#170: If “learning to eat is a sensory experience,” ...what does that really mean? In today’s episode renowned pediatric feeding expert Marsha Dunn Klein is teaching us all about Sensory 101 and what motivates babies to eat.   Marsha Dunn Klein wrote the first book on pediatric feeding. She is known for her “Get Permission Approach” which teaches us how to offer and not demand performance at mealtimes with our babies. In this episode she’s sharing the sensory aspects that babies experience during baby-led weaning and how they are tied to intrinsic motivations to self-feed.   Marsha Dunn Klein will be presenting at the upcoming BABY-LED WEANING SUMMIT taking place online (FOR FREE!!) October 18-23, 2021.    < < REGISTER FOR THE FREE BLW SUMMIT AT BLWSUMMIT.COM > >    The BABY-LED WEANING SUMMIT is the BIGGEST BLW event ever and I’m hosting it to help ELEVATE and CELEBRATE BLW along with 16 other leading, feeding experts who are going to be teaching on the latest research and best BLW practices.   < < REGISTER FOR THE BLW SUMMIT AT BLWSUMMIT.COM > >    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/170 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
Iron: Does My Baby Really Need to Eat 11mg Iron Per Day?
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#169: Does your baby need to be eating 11 mg iron per day? If you look quickly at the recommendations for infants you’ll see 11 mg per day for babies 6-12 months. So do you need to be counting mg of iron for your baby? And can babies even get enough iron from the foods they eat? Inside of this episode we’ll be looking at iron needs for babies and how you can easily help your baby meet iron needs by offering a variety of real, wholesome foods using baby-led weaning.   More in depth iron food training will be included in the upcoming BABY-LED WEANING SUMMIT taking place online (FOR FREE!!) October 18-23, 2021. The BABY-LED WEANING SUMMIT is the largest BLW event ever held with 17 leading, feeding experts from around the world gathered to teach you about infant feeding...for free!   < < REGISTER FOR THE BLW SUMMIT AT BLWSUMMIT.COM > >    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/169 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
BLW Fears: Advice for Overcoming Infant Feeding Fears from 5 BLW Experts
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#168: What’s holding you back from going FULL ON with baby-led weaning? Maybe you’re on the fence about whether you can truly skip traditional spoon-feeding...or you’re nervous about gagging and choking, or you’re worried your baby will have an allergic reaction when you try allergenic foods. Today I’m interviewing 5 feeding experts about overcoming feeding fears. They’re talking you down from all the biggest BLW worries with expert advice  The expert guests addressing your feeding fears in this episode are: Amy Brown, PhD - prolific BLW researcher & professor from the United Kingdom Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP - feeding therapist & award winning feeding product designer Mona Amin, DO - pediatrician and BLW mom Carina Venter, PhD, RD - pediatric dietitian, researcher and contributor to global food allergy guidelines David Stukus, PhD - internationally renowned food allergy expert All of this episode’s experts will also be presenting at the upcoming BABY-LED WEANING SUMMIT taking place online (FOR FREE!!) October 18-23, 2021.  < < REGISTER FOR THE FREE BLW SUMMIT AT BLWSUMMIT.COM > >  The BABY-LED WEANING SUMMIT is the BIGGEST BLW event ever and I’m hosting it to help ELEVATE and CELEBRATE BLW along with 16 other leading, feeding experts who are going to be teaching on the latest research and best BLW practices.   < < REGISTER FOR THE BLW SUMMIT AT BLWSUMMIT.COM > >    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/168 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
BLW Experts Answering Your Frequently Asked Baby-Led Weaning Questions
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#167: How do I know if my baby’s tongue thrust reflex is gone before starting solid foods? What if I have a preemie or smaller-sized baby, should I really offer food early for catch-up weight? And what’s so bad about white rice cereal anyway?? These are just a few of the baby-led weaning frequently asked questions that I’m bringing some other feeding experts on in this episode to answer for you.  The guests answering your FAQs in this episode are: Gill Rapley, PhD - BLW SUMMIT Keynote speaker and author of the original BLW book Marion Nestle, PhD, MD -  noted nutrition academic & author of Food Politics Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, MEd who wrote the first book on infant feeding Alan Greene, MD, pediatrician and founder of WHITE OUT movement to stop promoting white rice cereal as a first food for babies Kanchan Koya, PhD, spice guru & Harvard trained molecular biologist Aileen Cox Blundell, award winning BLW cookbook author Rosan Meyer, PhD, RD, growth specialist and food allergy expert   All of this episode’s feeding experts will also be presenting at the upcoming BABY-LED WEANING SUMMIT taking place online (FOR FREE!!) October 18-23, 2021.    < < REGISTER FOR THE BLW SUMMIT AT BLWSUMMIT.COM > >    The BABY-LED WEANING SUMMIT is the BIGGEST BLW event ever and I’m hosting it to help ELEVATE and CELEBRATE BLW along with 16 other leading, feeding experts who are going to be teaching on the latest research and best BLW practices.   < < REGISTER FOR THE BLW SUMMIT AT BLWSUMMIT.COM > >    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/167 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
Preventing Processed Food Addiction from Baby's First Bites with Joan Ifland, PhD
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#166: Can you become addicted to processed foods? Dr. Joan Ifland is the world’s leading expert in processed food addiction & the co-Author of the textbook Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment & Recovery. Today’s guest, Dr. Ifland speaks to us about processed food addiction while sharing her own experience.    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/166 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
Lamb: How to Safely Prepare Lamb for Baby-Led Weaning
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#165: Your baby can safely eat lamb. Lamb is one of my favorite baby-led weaning foods and in this episode I’m sharing how you can safely prepare lamb so that your baby can self-feed this important food from 6 months of age on. If you’re intimidated by cooking meat - especially roasts - or if you’re not entirely convinced your baby can eat lamb, take a listen and learn how. I promise lamb is going to be one of your favorite go-to BLW foods!     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   GET THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO BABY-LED WEANING E-BOOK WITH GREAT TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED WITH SOLID FOODS: fortifiedfam.com/blwguide   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH THE 100 FIRST FOODS LIST: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/165 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
Elimination Communication: Can Your Baby Go Diaper Free? with Andrea Olson
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#164: Did you know babies can potty from birth? I had no idea until my guest Andrea Olson from @godiaperfree came on the podcast to educate us about Elimination Communication (EC). EC is a gentle, non-coercive way to respond to a baby’s natural hygiene needs...and Andrea is the diaper free GURU here to teach us how and why!   Just like babies have the desire and ability to feed themselves solid food when the time is right, babies are instinctual when it comes to pottying. Andrea argues that pottying your baby can make baby-raising cleaner, easier, MUCH more connected to you plus it’s better for the environment. If you think a self-feeding baby sounds exciting, I think you’ll love hearing about your self-pottying baby’s potential too!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/164 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
Behind the Scenes: A Day in the Life of Katie Ferraro @babyledweanteam
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#163: I love a good look at somebody’s else’s schedule...and in this episode I’m sharing a behind the scenes look into my typical daily routine. This is definitely out of my comfort zone because I would way rather be talking about feeding YOUR babies or interviewing other feeding experts...but in case you’ve ever wondered what raising 7 kids and running an online baby feeding business looks like on the inside (spoiler alert: it’s very messy!), then I hope you enjoy this quick peek into my daily routine.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   GET THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO BABY-LED WEANING E-BOOK WITH GREAT TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED WITH SOLID FOODS: fortifiedfam.com/blwguide   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH THE 100 FIRST FOODS LIST: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/163 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
How to Use Sign Language to Improve Mealtime Communication with @signngrow Mary Smith
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#162: Curious about communicating with your baby… especially during meal time? Today’s guest Mary Smith shares how sign language can be a fun and educational learning experience for both parent and baby!   Mary Smith @signngrow is a Licensed Educational American Sign Language Interpreter in Colorado with a degree in Deaf Studies. She is the founder and instructor at Sign ‘n Grow where she teaches parents how to communicate with their babies early.    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/162 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
Peanuts: How to Safely Offer Peanuts for Baby-Led Weaning
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#161: Babies should be offered peanut protein early and often to help reduce the risk of peanut allergy later in life. But if thick globs of peanut butter are a choking hazard for early eaters, how do we safely feed babies peanuts? In this episode we’re going to look at a variety of preparation methods for making peanut foods safe for babies to eat.      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   GET THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO BABY-LED WEANING E-BOOK WITH GREAT TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED WITH SOLID FOODS: fortifiedfam.com/blwguide   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH THE 100 FIRST FOODS LIST (including yogurt): https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/161 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
Why White Rice Cereal Should Not Be Your Baby's First Food with Alan Greene, MD
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#160: Did your doctor tell you to start solid foods with iron-fortified white rice cereal? Today’s guest Dr. Alan Greene is working hard to change the way physicians talk to parents and caregivers about starting solid foods...and he wants everyone to stop recommending white rice cereal as a first food for babies!   Dr. Alan Greene founded the White Out movement in 2010 to educate pediatricians and parents about the drawbacks of reliance on white rice cereal. In this episode he’s explaining the history of the White Out movement, the negative impact white rice cereal has on the transition to solid foods and suggestions for other wholesome starter foods that babies can safely self-feed.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/160 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
Feeding in Small Spaces: Baby-Led Weaning on a Boat with Genieva Davidson
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#159: Could you raise your baby on a boat? Genieva and Jeremy Davidson are doing just that with their Baby Skylar. Skylar is 6 months + 2 weeks and she just started baby-led weaning. In this episode mom Genieva is sharing her thoughts after 1 week of baby-led weaning on a boat.   If you don’t have a big kitchen or many kitchen appliances, you can still offer your baby a variety of BLW foods. Genieva is sharing her tips on preparing whole grains and meat out of a very small kitchen and her biggest takeaways, wins and frustrations with feeding after 1 week of BLW on the boat.     FOLLOW SKYLAR’S FIRST 10 DAYS OF BLW ON A BOAT @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/159 If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2021
How Premature Babies Can Succeed with BLW with @doctorterrimd Terri Major-Kincade, MD
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#158: Calling all preemie parents. Have you been told that premature babies can’t do baby-led weaning? Well it’s not true and premature babies CAN successfully start solid foods using the baby-led weaning approach. In this episode I’m joined by neonatologist and neonatologist Dr. Terri Major-Kincade. She provides critical care services to preterm and term infants in the NICU. Dr. Kincade runs a NICU follow up program where she sees premature babies getting ready to make the transition to solid foods.   Dr. Kincade is talking about the unique nutrient needs of premature babies, past medical experiences and trauma that may cause preemie babies to have food refusal, and what questions you should ask at your NICU follow-up appointment to ensure your premature baby is safely ready to start solid foods.        If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/158 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
Yogurt: How to Choose the Right Yogurt for Baby-Led Weaning
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#157: Can babies eat yogurt? And why is yogurt ok if babies should not have fluid cow’s milk until they turn 1? In this episode we’re exploring the yogurt aisle, with tips on what to look for - and what to leave out - when you’re looking for a yogurt to offer your baby for baby-led weaning.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   GET THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO BABY-LED WEANING E-BOOK WITH GREAT TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED WITH SOLID FOODS: fortifiedfam.com/blwguide   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH THE 100 FIRST FOODS LIST (including yogurt): https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/157 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
I Didn't Do BLW with My First Baby(ies)...but Now I Want to with @theperfectmom Desiree Fortin
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#156: What if you didn’t do BLW with your oldest baby or babies but now you want to try it out with this baby? Baby-led weaning is one of the VERY FEW things that appeals to a second-time mom...because oftentimes you’re working with a picky eater toddlers and you’d like to avoid that with your current baby. Desiree Fortin was in the exact same boat: she did not do BLW with her triplets...heck, she didn’t even KNOW what baby-led weaning was. But when it came time for her daughter Cambria to start solid foods, she started hearing about baby-led weaning and decided to give it a whirl.   Inside of this episode Desiree is dishing on the biggest things that freaked her out when Cambria started baby-led weaning: knowing the difference between gagging and choking and how to introduce allergenic foods because they have a family member with food allergies.   If you’re on the fence about trying BLW for your baby...or if you’re worried you’re too late to start baby-led weaning, come hear Desiree’s story and her ENTHUSIASM for BLW that just oozes through the microphone! She’s on Instagram @theperfectmom & you’ll love her down-to-earth take on figuring out BLW the second time around (plus her inspiring message about why we are ALL the perfect moms for our kids!)   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: www.blwpodcast.com/156   PUFFWORKS BABY PEANUT PUFFS CODE 20BABYLED: www.puffworks.com   ONLINE CPR COURSE $10 OFF CODE KATIE10: www.bit.ly/onlinecpr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
Bitter Vegetables: How to Safely Feed Bitter Vegetables for Baby-Led Weaning
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#155: Can babies eat bitter vegetables? Or is it dangerous to offer bitter foods to your baby? Babies benefit from a variety of taste and flavor exposures, including bitter vegetables. And a baby may need to see a food 10-15 times before he or she likes or accepts it...so don’t turn your back on bitter vegetables just because your baby has rejected these foods a few times!   In this episode we’re exploring bitter vegetables: why should we feed these foods to babies? How do you make bitter vegetables safe for babies to self-feed? What about nitrates in bitter vegetables, are they bad? Come listen to learn the what, when, why and how much about bitter vegetables for baby-led weaning.      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   GET THE QUICK-START GUIDE TO BABY-LED WEANING E-BOOK WITH NO SALT BLW SEASONING GUIDE: fortifiedfam.com/blwguide   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP WITH THE 100 FIRST FOODS LIST (including bitter vegetables!): https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   SPICE HOUSE AFFILIATE DISCOUNT CODE FOR SALT FREE BLW SPICES & SEASONINGS : KATIE10 at https://www.thespicehouse.com/    FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/155 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
Pregnant and Starting Solids: Juggling Back-to-Back Babies with @mommylabornurse Liesel Teen, RN
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#154: This one’s for the mamas who are doing that back-to-back baby thing! What if you’re pregnant but you’re still working on transitioning your existing baby to solid foods? Moms who find themselves in this situation have a unique set of needs as they need to nourish themselves, their growing baby and their older baby too!   Liesel Teen, RN from @mommy.labornurse is joining me in this episode to talk about what pregnant moms can do if they’re also dealing with an existing baby and trying to figure out baby-led weaning at the same time!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/154 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2021
Zinc: How to Get Enough Zinc with Baby-Led Weaning Foods
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#153: Zinc is kind of like iron’s lesser known micronutrient sibling. It’s not as talked about, but it’s role in growth and development for babies is really important. And while breastmilk and/or formula will meet your baby’s zinc needs for the first 6 months or so of life...it is important to start including zinc containing foods when you start baby-led weaning.   In this episode we’re looking at zinc and what it does for babies’ growth and health...but also how you can offer foods that contain zinc to ensure your baby is getting enough zinc from foods.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/153 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
How Do I Know if My Baby Needs Feeding Therapy with @msdawnslp Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP
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#152: When does a baby need feeding therapy? And how do I know if my baby needs feeding therapy? Even the phrase “feeding therapy” strikes fear into the heart of parents and caregivers…but feeding therapy is not a bad thing! In this episode I’m interviewing baby-led weaning expert and feeding therapist Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP to explore feeding therapy for infants.   Dawn and I co-teach a number of baby-led weaning programs together, but in this interview we’re exploring feeding therapy for babies. What are the signs of feeding disorders? Is my baby’s feeding issue normal or would we benefit from feeding therapy? Dawn is also discussing the different types of feeding therapy and why some of her clients only need a few sessions before getting back on track with baby-led weaning.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   WHAT DO I FEED MY BABY AFTER AVOCADO, BANANA & SWEET POTATO?! https://bit.ly/3lfHd4S   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/152 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2021
Whole Grains: How to Safely Feed Whole Grains for Baby-Led Weaning
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#151: Can babies eat whole grains? Can they digest whole grains? Is it safe to offer whole grains? Yes, yes and yes! In this episode we’re looking at why whole grains are why they are an ideal alternative to refined grains for babies who are just starting solid foods with baby-led weaning.   If you are curious about how to make whole grains like quinoa, buckwheat, millet and kamut safe for babies to eat...this episode explains why you want to feed these foods, ideas on how you can make whole grains for babies to eat and tips on additional whole grains to add into your baby’s repertoire.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   WHAT DO I FEED MY BABY AFTER AVOCADO, BANANA & SWEET POTATO?! https://bit.ly/3lfHd4S   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/151 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2021
Breastfeeding + BLW: How to Succeed at Both Simultaneously with Heather Dvorak, IBCLC
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#150: Can you continue breastfeeding when you start baby-led weaning? Absolutely! And in this special episode Heather Dvorak, IBCLC joins Katie to talk about how to succeed at both breastfeeding and baby-led weaning simultaneously.   Heather Dvorak is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who helps parents succeed at breastfeeding in her private practice. But Heather is also a mom of 4 and has done baby-led weaning with all of her children. Heather and her 4 children also all have a myriad of food allergies, so her baby-led weaning journey has not always been an easy one!   In this episode Heather talks about strategies for continuing to breastfeed when your baby starts solid foods. She discusses transitioning to greater intake from food as breastfeeding sessions decrease in number and frequency. We talk about individualizing your breastfeeding + BLW goals and she shares tips for breastfeeding and chestfeeding parents who want to continue past baby’s first birthday.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here. WHAT DO I FEED MY BABY AFTER AVOCADO, BANANA & SWEET POTATO?! https://bit.ly/3lfHd4S   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/150 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2021
Pouches: Why Your Baby Doesn’t Need to Suck Pureed Food Out of Pouches with @msdawnslp Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP
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#149: What are the drawbacks of using baby food pouches? In this episode I’m joined by pediatric swallowing expert and speech language pathologist Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP to talk about why your baby does not need to suck puree food out of a pouch. Ms Dawn and I are breaking down the limitations of pouches from cost, developmental and nutrition standpoints. While pouches are certainly convenient, their persistent use can actually inhibit your baby’s ability to achieve certain growth, nutrition and developmental milestones.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   WHAT DO I FEED MY BABY AFTER AVOCADO, BANANA & SWEET POTATO?! https://bit.ly/3lfHd4S   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/149 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
Avocado Day: How to Safely Feed Avocados for Baby-Led Weaning
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Avocados are the ideal first food for baby-led weaning. That’s because when ripe they are the perfect texture for starting solid foods, you can cut them into strips that babies can pick up and self-feed and avocados are packed with nutrition. In this episode we’re celebrating National Avocado Day with a rundown of how to safely feed babies avocados for baby-led weaning.      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/bonus/avocadoday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2021
How Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate Babies can Succeed in Self-Feeding with Vikash K. Modi, MD
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#148: Can babies with cleft lip, cleft palate or cleft lip and palate successfully do baby-led weaning? July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness month and in this episode I’m joined by Vikash K. Modi, MD. Dr. Modi is a Pediatric Otorhinolaryngologist and Co-Director of the Cornell Cleft & Craniofacial Program.   He’s explaining the difference between cleft lip and cleft palate and why cleft lip babies will have no difficulty with baby-led weaning and starting solids. For babies with cleft palates, there may be more challenges but Dr. Modi shares tips for promoting self-feeding success in these babies, even though the transition to solid foods occurs usually when baby is awaiting cleft palate repair surgery.   We also cover drinking for babies with cleft lips and cleft palates and how sippy cup and straw cups are not indicated for cleft palate but why open cup working will work. If you’ve struggled with feeding your baby breastmilk or formula because of cleft anomalies, please know that things WILL get easier when you make the transition to solid foods.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/148 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2021
BLW Basics: Help! Nobody Around Me Understands Baby-Led Weaning
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#147: What if you are the only one who wants to do baby-led weaning? It can feel isolating when other people don’t understand why you are choosing to skip traditional spoon-feeding with your baby. There are many benefits to baby-led weaning, but helping others understand what those are can feel overwhelming.   In this episode I’m helping walk you through 4 essential steps for helping those around you understand the WHY when it comes to baby-led weaning. These are my “4 E’s for Easing Others into BLW”: Educate, Experience, Explain & Exhibit...and once you have them down, I know you’ll feel better about helping others understand why you’re taking this important step in your baby’s development.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/147 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
Setting Your Baby's Sleep Schedule when Starting Solids with @babysleepdr Aubrie DeBear, PsyD
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#146: Should your baby be sleeping through the night before you start solid foods? And how does baby’s sleep schedule adjust when you begin feeding real food? Sleep is SO important for babies (...and by extension, their parents!) but what comes first: setting your baby’s sleep schedule or starting the transition to solid foods?   In this episode I’m joined by Aubrie DeBear from @babysleepdr. Aubrie is a sleep consultant with a doctorate in psychology and she’s answering all of your questions about setting your baby’s sleep schedule when making the transition to solid foods. There are so many myths about babies sleeping and starting solids and Aubrie is going to help put them to rest!   If you’ve ever wondered about how long to wait after feeding your baby before putting your baby to bed or what types of foods to avoid later in the day (or does it really matter), Aubrie is the sleep consultant you need in your life!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/146 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2021
BLW Basics: My Baby Isn't Eating Very Much...What's Wrong?
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#145: Are you worried that your baby isn’t eating enough with baby-led weaning? If you’re stressed about how much and how often your baby is eating, this episode is for you! In this episode, we’re talking all about the fear your baby isn’t getting enough with baby-led weaning and division of responsibility in feeding.      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/145 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
What Did Babies Eat Before Baby Food was Invented? with Amy Bentley, PhD
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#144: Do you ever take a look at all of the crazy baby food items for sale today and wonder: how did they get here? What did people feed their babies before the advent of commercial baby foods? Do babies need to eat pouches? Do I need to buy baby food?   As a new mom who also happened to be a food historian, my guest Amy Bentley definitely did. She is a professor in the department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University and author of the book “Inventing baby Food: Taste, Health and the Industrialization of the American Diet.”   In this interview Amy is discussing the history of the baby food industry, shifting guidance and recommendations on the appropriate age to start solid foods over the decades, how pouches came to dominate the baby food aisle but how they also remove the socialization aspect from family meals.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: www.blwpodcast.com/144 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2021
BLW Basics: How to Make Fritters for Self-Feeding Babies
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#143: Fritters are an easy way to help your baby safely eat smaller pieces of food early on in baby-led weaning. You can incorporate cooked whole grains, proteins and various types of cooked vegetables in fritters that your baby can then self-feed. In this episode we’re talking about the components of a basic baby-led weaning fritter recipe as well as substitution ideas if your baby doesn’t eat eggs.      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/143 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
Debunking the Biggest BLW Myths with Gill Rapley, PhD
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#142: You should wait 3-5 days between introducing new foods. You should cut up food really small to reduce choking risk. Babies have to learn to chew before they swallow and baby-led weaning means no spoons and no purees. Myths about baby-led weaning are ENDLESS, and there’s nobody better than Gill Rapley to help debunk these BLW myths!   Gill Rapley is the co-author of the original baby-led weaning book and the founding philosopher of the baby-led weaning movement. In this episode Dr. Rapley is walking us through 5 “legacy myths” (those that have been around since the first edition of her BLW book) and newer “current myths” that have cropped up in recent years.   If you’ve ever wondered, “I wonder what Gill Rapley would think about this?...” then this is the episode for you. We’re diving deep into the most persistent BLW myths and debunking them one by one...and these are Gill’s words: “right from the horse’s mouth!”       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/142 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2021
BLW Basics: Is My Baby Ready to Start Solid Foods?
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#141: How do I know if my baby is ready to start solid foods with baby-led weaning? What are the reliable signs of readiness to self-feed that we should be looking out for as the baby approaches 6 months? In this episode as part of our BLW Basics series we’re going through the signs of readiness to start solid foods for babies.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/141 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2021
National Baby-Led Weaning Day: It's a Thing with Gill Rapley, PhD
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#140: BLW Day...it’s a thing! And Gill Rapley, the founding philosopher of the baby-led weaning movement is here to help celebrate!    The first ever NATIONAL BABY-LED WEANING DAY is July 1, 2021. But why? Well, July 1 is right at the 6 month mark in the calendar year. If your baby was born January 1, on July 1 your baby would be 6 months of age. In this episode Gill Rapley is going to explain the other reliable signs of readiness to eat that your baby should be demonstrating, but with BLW day we’re driving awareness to the importance of waiting until the 6 month mark to start solid foods.   We’re also chatting about the history of introducing solid foods and why historically doctors and health professionals have recommended starting before 6 months of age. And Gill and I discuss why we don’t celebrate this important readiness to start solid foods milestone in Western food culture...but how BLW Day can help us start doing so!   Happy Baby-Led Weaning Day and hope you enjoy this interview with Gill Rapley, co-author of the original BLW book and the lady who made it her mission to show us how many foods our babies can learn to eat if we just let them and wait until they’re ready to self-feed!      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   READ GILL RAPLEY’S ORIGINAL BLW BOOK ON AMAZON:  https://amzn.to/35MpKI0 FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/140 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2021
My BLW Baby at 12 Months Old: What Comes Next?
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#139: What nutrition and feeding changes happen when your baby turns 1 year old? What foods should a toddler eat that are different than in infancy? In this episode we’re looking at your 12 month old baby-led weaning baby, who is about to not be a baby anymore! This episode covers topics about monitoring growth in the 2nd year of life, how to wean your baby off the bottle, how calorie and nutrient needs change (slightly) and the 2 biggest things that sabotage the toddler’s diet: milk and snacks.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/139 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2021
Mom-Shaming: How to Deal When Others Don't Get Your Feeding Choices with Chriselle Lim
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#138 What do you do if other people don’t agree with the way you have decided to feed your baby? It can be especially hurtful when you’re feeling judged by other moms about doing baby-led weaning or bypassing traditional spoon-feeding.   In this episode Chriselle Lim is joining me to talk about how to deal when others don’t get why you are choosing to feed your kids a certain way. Chriselle is a stylist and digital content creator in the fashion, family and lifestyle space. Whether you have 1 follower or millions like Chriselle, it still hurts when people criticize your parenting decisions...but there are steps we can take to move past hurtful comments and criticisms that get in our way of raising independent eaters. If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/138 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2021
Iron: Can My Baby Get Enough Iron from Baby-Led Weaning Foods?
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#137: Will my baby get enough iron if I do baby-led weaning? And what are the best high iron foods for babies to eat? Your baby can eat real foods that have iron (and you do not have to feed iron-fortified baby foods foods if you don’t want to!)   Babies CAN get adequate iron from natural food sources of iron, including both plants and animal foods. In this episode we’re looking at some of the myths and facts about high iron foods for baby-led weaning. Also covered is a list of high iron foods for babies.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/137 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
BONUS 6: Celebrating Dads who Do Baby-Led Weaning
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Happy Father’s Day to all the baby-led weaning dads! This is a special bonus episode of the BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast and we are CELEBRATING dads who do baby-led weaning. If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/bonus/dads2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2021
Peanut Butter Puffs for Safely Introducing Peanuts to Babies: A Conversation with @puffworks founder Greg Murphy
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#136 Early introduction of peanut protein for babies helps prevent against peanut allergy. But how do you do safely introduce peanut if thick globs of peanut butter are a choking hazard for babies?    Greg Murphy, serial entrepreneur and food allergy dad is the founder and President of Puffworks, a company he started when he decided he wanted to improve on existing puffed peanut butter snack foods. Little did Greg know how important Puffworks Baby would become as a ideal way to use food to help prevent food allergies in babies!    In addition to the Puffworks Baby peanut butter puffs, the company recently launched an almond baby product, ideal for introducing babies to another of the potentially allergenic food categories: tree nuts. In this episode Greg is chatting about the ups and downs of running a small but mighty food business, why he prefers using food vs. supplements or powders to introduce babies to allergenic foods and other innovative ways to use foods to help prevent food allergies in babies. If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/136   CHECK OUT PUFFWORKS USING DISCOUNT CODE 20BABYLED: www.puffworks.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2021
Toddler Milks: Why You Don't Need to Buy These Formulas
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#135: Does my baby need a toddler milk or a toddler formula after turning 1? What if you’re worried about growth or brain development or immunity, do these products make toddlers healthier? The answer is no, you don’t need to be buying these formula products and I’m breaking down every reason why. In this episode we’re looking at toddler milks, the fastest growing sector of the US formula market...and for good reason. The marketing behind these products is INSANE and you’ll be amazed at how brazen the formula companies are in pushing these products (that your toddler does not need!)       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/135 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
Sauces, Dippers & Toppers for Making BLW Foods Safe with @babyledfeeding Aileen Cox Blundell
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#134 - Dry meats and breads can be a choking hazard...but adding sauces, dippers and toppers is an easy way to make these foods safer for baby-led weaning. I’m joined by Aileen Cox Blundell of @babyledfeeding who is sharing some super sauce ideas for BLW.   The commercial sauces you buy at the store also tend to be too high in sodium for babies to eat, so Aileen is dishing on making dips and homemade sauces that are affordable, easy to put together and that you can freeze for future use.   Be sure to check out the shownotes page for this episode to grab 2 of Aileen’s BLW sauce recipes: her Easy-Peasy Basil & Spinach Pesto and The Best Ever Curry-in-a-Hurry recipe. I’m also sharing a free download with additional recipes for BLW friendly sauces and dippers and toppers that will have your baby safely swallowing in no time!   Grab my 5 LOW-SODIUM SAUCES FOR BLW with free recipes download here: http://bit.ly/podsauces   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/134 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2021
Don’t Drip Food: How to Pre-Portion for Baby-Led Weaning
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#133: What’s the deal with dripping food? Dripping food is our control-freak way of regulating the pace of baby’s eating...and while it may seem harmless (and cleaner!) dripping can actually interfere with your baby’s ability to learn HOW to eat independently and to recognize and respond to their own hunger and fullness cues.   In this episode we’re talking about the draw-backs of dripping food piece by piece for baby-led weaning. Learning how to appropriately pre-portion your baby’s food is a better alternative to dripping and here’s how you do it!     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/133 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
CPR Skills that can Save Your Baby's Life when Choking with Brandon & Caitlyn Doersken
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#132: What can you do to get ready for starting solid foods before your baby is ready? Take an infant refresher CPR course. Getting your infant CPR skills up to snuff is incredibly important when preparing to start solid foods and baby-led weaning. Choking is a very rare - but real - risk, and knowing CPR can save your baby’s life.   In this episode I’m interviewing Brandon Doersken, who along with his wife Caitlyn run an online CPR training institute. I’ve been a huge fan of their courses since COVID forced all learning online and having CPR skills gives you the confidence that you’ll know what to do if your baby does choke on food when starting solid foods.   If you’re just getting ready to start solid foods and you have not (yet) taken a refresher infant CPR course, come check out some of the benefits along with ideas on how to implement the safety information you’ll use when you also begin baby-led weaning with your baby.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: www.blwpodcast.com/132 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2021
Dairy Free Cooking for Food Allergies Babies with Kathlena The Allergy Chef
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#131: Are you struggling to cook for your family with food allergies? In this episode, I’m joined by Kathlena who is The Allergy Chef to talk all about dairy-free cooking.    Kathlena has almost 200 allergies and intolerances and created The Allergy Chef to help families navigate cooking while considering food allergies. She and her team have published cookbooks, do nation-wide outreach, create free resources and recipes, and have a bakery! She dives into cross-contamination, substitutes for cooking, her own family food allergy story, and more!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/131 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2021
Why Benadryl is Not the Best Idea when Introducing Allergenic Foods with @raisinggoodparents Phil Boucher, MD
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#130: Do you need to have Benadryl at the ready when introducing your baby to solid foods? I’ve always recommended parents discuss with their pediatrician and know their baby’s Benadryl dose in the event they need to use it when introducing allergenic foods. But Dr. Phil Boucher has a much different take. He does NOT recommend using Benadryl and has some very good reasons why he prefers an alternative to have on hand when you’re starting solid foods.   In this episode I’m joined by pediatrician Phil Boucher, MD from @raisinggoodparents talking about all things Benadryl. Why do people refer to Baby Benadryl when there’s no such thing? Why is Benadryl so commonly mis-dosed and how can that be dangerous? What’s a better alternative to Benadryl when you’re offering potentially allergenic foods to your baby like eggs, milk and peanut, among others?    If you’ve ever worried about what to do if your baby has an allergic reaction to food, Dr. Boucher has some really practical suggestions that will help ease your mind!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/130 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2021
Exploring the Eczema & Food Allergy Risk Link with Rebecca Hartman, MD MPH
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#129 Did you know that varying degrees of eczema in your baby can impact food allergy risk? In this episode dermatologist, BLW and food allergy mom Rebecca Hartman, MD, MPH is joining me to talk about how eczema and food allergy risk are linked.   Dr. Hartman is part of the Evereden skincare brand’s team of “Moms in Medicine”. She’s helps co-create formulas and in this episode is also breaking down what ingredients you want to look for when selecting skincare (...and what to skip) because what you put ON your baby’s body is just as important as what you put IN it.   Get 15% off Evereden (excluding bundles & sunscreen) with code KATIEF15 (this is an affiliate code).     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/129 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2021
Introducing Allergenic Foods: Ask Us Anything with Ron Sunog, MD and Katie Ferraro, MPH, RDN, CDE
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  #128: There are no dumb questions when it comes to food allergy awareness! In this episode my colleague pediatrician Ron Sunog, MD and I are answering YOUR questions about introducing allergenic foods to your baby. What if the parent has a food allergy, will the baby inherit it? How much of an allergenic food do you introduce in order for it to “count”? What about feeding babies with peanut allergy peanut oil, how to handle reintroducing cow’s milk foods if baby had cow’s milk intolerance and lots more! Dr. Sunog & I just launched our brand new food allergy program called EAT THE 8. It’s all about how to safely introduce your baby to the BIG 8 allergenic foods (+ sesame) and we’re also including a 4-week live Q&A component where program members can ask us any allergy related questions if you get stuck introducing these new foods to your baby. You DON’T need to buy into expensive supplement powder programs to introduce allergenic foods. Babies can learn to eat allergenic foods & we can show you how. Check out EAT THE 8 program at www.foodallergyclass.com & come join us in this FOOD FIRST REVOLUTION!!!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   EAT THE 8 PROGRAM: PREVENTING FOOD ALLERGY WITH FOOD www.foodallergyclass.com    SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/128 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2021
How Do Vegan Families Introduce Potentially Allergenic Foods? with @plantbasedjuniors Alexandra Caspero, MS, RD and Whitney English, MS, RD
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#127: How can babies be plant based and still meet their nutrient needs? In this episode I’m joined by Whitney English, MS, RD and Alexandra Caspero, MS, RD - two dietitians known collectively as @plantbasedjuniors.   Whitney and Alex are sharing their expertise about raising plant-based children, including how families who don’t eat animal products can introduce allergenic foods.    The Big 8 allergenic foods (the 8 foods that account for about 90% of food allergy) include 4 animal foods...and whether or not and how to feed for vegan families can be a stickler.   Listen for tips on incorporating iron and other nutrient-rich foods in your baby’s diet, even if you don’t consume animal foods. Whitney and Alex also explain the difference between predominantly plant-based and vegan lifestyles and ways to introduce allergenic foods for babies of both types of diet patterns.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   EAT THE 8 PROGRAM: PREVENTING FOOD ALLERGY WITH FOOD www.foodallergyclass.com    FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/127 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2021
EAT THE 8: How to Use Food to Prevent Food Allergy (...and skip the supplement powder stuff!)
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#126: When did allergenic food introduction become about feeding babies supplements and powders and stick-packs? What about good old fashioned food? Research demonstrates that early introduction of allergenic foods helps prevent food allergies...but those studies were done with FOOD - not gimmicky subscription model supplement programs!   My fellow FOOD FIRST colleague, Dr. Ron Sunog and I have teamed up to bring you a really novel approach to preventing food allergy in your baby...wait for it...feed your baby actual FOOD! And our new program EAT THE 8: Preventing Food Allergy with Food shows you EXACTLY how to do that (safely) and is now open for enrollment.   If you’re interested in learning how to safely select, prepare and offer your baby the BIG 8 allergenic foods (plus sesame) - we’ve got a step-by-step road map for you, taught by 2 experts specializing in food and feeding. As long as your baby is 6 months of age + showing the other signs of readiness to eat, we can help your baby eat the allergenic foods in as little as 9 weeks. You DON’T need to buy into expensive supplement powder programs to introduce allergenic foods. Babies can learn to eat allergenic foods & we can show you how. Check out EAT THE 8 program at www.foodallergyclass.com & come join us in this FOOD FIRST REVOLUTION!!!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   EAT THE 8 PROGRAM: PREVENTING FOOD ALLERGY WITH FOOD www.foodallergyclass.com    SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/126 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2021
Why are False Positive Results in Food Allergy Testing so Common? with David Stukus, MD
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#125: Did you know that up to 50% of positive food allergy test results are false positives? Parents are ALREADY anxious about introducing allergenic foods and widespread testing when not indicated is making anxiety worse.   In this episode, leading allergist Dr. David Stukus is bringing us the TRUTH about food allergy testing: why it’s so rampant, why in most cases it’s not indicated and why FOOD and in-home oral food challenges are the best bet for “testing” whether or not your baby is allergic to a food.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE EAT THE 8 + MORE WORKSHOP WITH DR. RON SUNOG: https://bit.ly/2ShQsVT   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/125 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2021
Interviewing my Mom: How She Didn’t Like BLW at First & Why She Changed
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BONUS: Ever been told by your mom, “Well, you were spoon-fed and you turned out just fine?!” SAME. It took my mom a LONG time to come around to baby-led weaning.  In this special Mother’s Day episode I’m interviewing my own mom, Mary Clark, RD - aka Granny. We’re chatting about how she introduced solids with me 42 years ago, how that changed for her next 5 kids and what she REALLY thinks about baby-led weaning 20 grandkids later.   Happy Mother’s Day to all of you...you are doing a FABULOUS job feeding those babies & keep up the good work. I hope you enjoy this little chat with my mom.    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: www.blwpodcast.com/bonus/katiesmom Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2021
Using an Egg Ladder for Babies with Egg Allergy with Carina Venter, PhD, RD
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#124: What if your baby has had an allergic reaction to egg? Is there ever the option that baby can eat eggs again? Yes. And an egg ladder may help.   Carina Venter, noted allergy researcher and dietitian is joining me to talk about using an egg ladder for babies with egg allergy. She is a member of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Guidelines Group who recently published revised guidelines on the prevention and development of food allergy in infants and young children.   In this episode Carina is talking about why ladders are used more frequently outside of the US than in (she also published the first ever ladder for dairy, the MAP and subsequent iMAP) and how to talk to your practitioner if they’ve never heard of an egg ladder but you are interested in using an egg ladder.   Be sure to check the shownotes for this episode for all of the research documents and guidelines Carina is mentioning in this episode. It’s a lot. But if your baby has an egg allergy I think you’re really going to appreciate this interview with Carina Venter, PhD, RD.   SHOWNOTES at www.blwpodcast.com/124     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/124 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2021
HELP! My Baby has a Contact Rash from a New Food with Ron Sunog, MD
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#123 What if your baby gets a red rash or a contact rash around the mouth or lips when trying a new food? Is this something to worry about? Will it go away on its own? Or is it a sign of a bigger problem?   Pediatrician Dr. Ron Sunog who specializes in preventing food allergy with food is joining me to teach about what to do if your baby gets a contact rash from new foods. He’ll explain why this happens, what causes it and what to do when your baby does have a rash from new foods.   If all this food allergy stuff scares you, Dr. Suno and I are co-teaching a series of free LIVE workshops called “What Do I Do if My Baby Has an Allergic Reaction to Food?” Everyone on the workshop gets a copy of our free Food Allergy Emergency Reaction Map....hang this one on your fridge and you’ll never have to wonder if you’re taking the right steps in the event your baby has a reaction to food.   You can get signed up for our free LIVE workshop by going to the shownotes page for this episode at www.blwpodcast.com/123      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE ALLERGY WORKSHOP CO-TAUGHT BY KATIE & DR. SUNOG: https://www.foodallergyworkshop.com/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: www.blwpodcast.com/123 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2021
Non-toxic Household Cleaners that Actually Clean Food Mess with Branch Basics Co-Founder Allison Evans
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#122: The MESS associated with baby-led weaning can be very off putting for parents. Although we can’t avoid the mess and getting messy is part of how your baby learns to eat, we can be selective in what cleaning products we choose for cleaning up food mess.   In this episode I’m interviewing Branch Basics Co-Founder Allison Evans. Branch Basics makes a line of non-toxic household cleaners that ACTUALLY effectively clean food mess!   Allison is a mom of 2 who found improved health outcomes for her whole family once she “tossed the toxins”. She’s not only sharing how and why she came to co-found Branch Basics, but some great tips on using their products. How you can get food stains out of baby’s clothes and the best non-toxic household cleaner for cleaning your family’s dishes too.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/122   < < GET 15% OFF BRANCH BASICS STARTER KITS WITH CODE KATIE15 HERE > > Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2021
Acidic Foods for Babies: Does the pH of a Food Matter?
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#121: What’s up with the pH of baby foods? Can babies eat acidic foods? Should I avoid acidic foods for babies? Does the pH of the foods we feed our babies even matter? In this episode I’m diving into the data about acidic foods and feeding them to babies.    If you’ve ever wondered, “Is it safe for babies to eat tomatoes?” or “Is the alkaline diet safe for babies?” check out this episode for all the info you need to know on the pH of foods that we offer to babies.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/121 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2021
When Cow's Milk Doesn't Cut it with Simona Irwin of Kabrita USA
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#120: Ever heard of a formula company who lists “generosity” as one of their corporate values? I hadn’t either, until I discovered Kabrita.    As part of our series spotlighting female-run feeding companies, in this episode I’m interviewing Simona Irwin, the General Manager of Kabrita USA.   Kabrita USA makes gentle goat milk nutrition products for little ones who don’t do well with cow’s milk. Maybe your baby has eczema or gut problems with cow’s milk foods...well in that case you might be interested in exploring goat milk as an alternative.   Simona is here to chat about how and why Kabrita came to the US, how formula regulation differs in Europe and other parts of the world vs. the United States. And she’s sharing a bit more about the process of bringing some of their other products to market in her role as GM of Kabrita USA.   And if you’re looking for a safe way to feed your baby goat cheese, I absolutely love the Kabrita goat cheese puffs and in our interview I’m picking Simona’s brain about this new product too.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/120 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2021
Premature Babies: How to Estimate & Adjust Age for Starting Solids
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#119: When can premature babies start solid foods? If your baby was born before 40 weeks gestation you might have heard the term “adjusted age”. In this episode we’re analyzing this concept of adjusted or corrected age and determining what it’s telling us about your baby’s readiness to start solid foods.   Babies who were born early need additional time to catch up developmentally before they are safe to start solid foods. Learn how to calculate your baby’s adjusted age, how long you need to use this corrected age for and the other signs to look for if you’re analyzing whether or not your premature baby is ready to start the transition to solid foods.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/119 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2021
Why I Built a Better Bib with Bapron Baby Founder Kelsey Larsen
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#118: Everybody knows a good bib is essential for starting solid foods. But not all bibs are really the best bets for babies. Kelsey Larsen’s first baby had a lot of sensory issues with standard bibs and that inspired her to create her signature Baprons and start her company Bapron Baby.    Baprons are a pinafore-style bib that tie in the back under your baby’s shoulder blades. They’re a baby-led weaning bib that keep your baby clean, but don’t restrict your baby’s movement and development like other full-coverage bibs with sleeves do.    Kelsey started her business by designing and sewing the Bapron bibs by hand and selling on Etsy. Now just a few years later she is running a serious operation creating bibs and splash mats that baby-led weaning fans around the world use and love.   In this interview Kelsey is sharing a bit about her business journey, what it has been like taking her product to market, how they select the fabrics and patterns and why she decided to do a licensed line with The World of Eric Carle of the Hungry Caterpillar.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/118 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2021
Game Meat: How to Offer Game Meats Safely to Your Baby
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#117: Is it safe for babies to eat game meat? We’re talking about venison and deer, elk, moose, wild boar and other wild animals and birds...how do you make them safe for babies to eat?   Game meat offers unique taste and texture opportunities for your baby...but there are some safety precautions to take to ensure the meat is being handled and prepared in a way that does not harm the baby.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/117 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2021
Eczema Management and Skincare Made by Moms in Medicine with Evereden Founder Kimberley Ho
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#116: Kimberly Ho quit her job as an investment banker after seeing some of the shadier sides of so-called green and clean cosmetic and skin-care companies. She launched Evereden with the belief that there could be a truly clean line of skin-care for babies and moms.   What we put ON our babies’ skin and why it’s just as important as what we put IN their bodies. Kim’s company Evereden employs a “Moms in Medicine” team of highly respected leading pediatric dermatologists who are also moms and involved in choosing every aspect of what goes IN (and stays OUT) of their skincare line.   Kimberly Ho’s team at Evereden is working to revolutionize eczema management with quality, clean skincare products that WORK. We’re chatting about the link between eczema and food allergy risk as well as what to look for when choosing skincare product for your entire family.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   EVEREDEN DISCOUNT CODE: get 15% off at ever-eden.com with code BABYLEDWEAN15   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/116 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2021
BRAT Diet for Babies with Diarrhea: Does it Work?
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#115: The BRAT diet has been recommended for decades as a way to combat diarrhea. BRAT is an acronym standing for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. But does BRAT work and should it be used for babies?   In this episode we’re looking at diarrheal disease in babies: what causes it and what steps should be taken to help babies who have diarrhea. Do you need to cut out milk and dairy if your baby has diarrhea? What types of foods can babies who have diarrhea eat? ...and is the BRAT diet safe for babies?      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/115 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2021
Revolutionizing Infant Feeding Gear with ezpz Founder & CEO Lindsey Laurain
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#114: If your kids were stressing you out with their mess at mealtime, would you quit your job to figure out a solution? Well that’s exactly what Lindsey Laurain, the Founder and CEO of ezpz did.   Lindsey and her female-run are revolutionizing the infant feeding space with their silicone suction mats and bowls and cups and spoons that are designed with your baby’s developmental and feeding milestones in mind.   In this episode Lindsey is taking us back in time to explain how she got the idea for ezpz, the challenges they faced when trying to bring their products to market and how they are helping to change the face of feeding gear companies by bringing compassion and science into all of the products they release.   This interview is part of the series on female-led feeding companies and Lindsey Laurain and ezpz are certainly doing their part to bring the best baby feeding gear to families.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/114 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2021
Transitioning to Cow's Milk: How Do I Do This?
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#113: How do I transition to cow's milk from breastmilk or formula? What age do I make the switch? What are the nutritional benefits of cow's milk? In this episode, I'll walk you through the transition (hint: it's not for the beginners!) to cow's milk IF that's what is right for your family. I also cover cow's milk as an allergenic food and how introduction is different from fluid cow's milk. Lastly, I touch on how milk might be affecting your toddler's  hunger during mealtime. Happy listening!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/113 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2021
Ditching Diet Culture: Fostering Your Baby’s Healthy Food Relationship with Vanessa Rissetto, MS, RD
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#112: If you’re feeling stressed about feeding your baby, I’ve got an interview that’s going to set your mind at ease. Vanessa Rissetto, MS, RD is joining me to talk about ditching diet culture and how you can help foster your baby’s healthy relationship with food.   Vanessa is a mom of 2 and a Registered Dietitian in private practice and also the dietetic internship director at New York University. Essence Magazine named her “one of the top nutritionists who will change the way you think about food”, and she does not mince words when it comes to chilling OUT about food and feeding.   In this episode we’re talking about what “diet culture” even is, why parents feel so much pressure about feeding “healthy” and “wholesome” foods and what words and terms to use (and avoid) when we’re trying to raise kids that don’t have messed up relationships with food!     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/112 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2021
Grocery Shopping for BLW: Stocking Up Smart & What to Skip
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#111: What foods do you need to start baby-led weaning? Is there a grocery store list for babies out there? And what about all the baby foods at the store: can I skip them? In this episode we’re talking about getting ready for the grocery store: how do you stock up smart when you’re starting baby-led weaning and what can you skip?    I’m taking you aisle-by-aisle through the grocery store, sharing ideas on how to tackle the first week of starting solids and what foods to buy. You do NOT need to spend a lot of money to give your baby a safe start to solid foods. This episode is jam-packed with tips and tricks for mastering grocery shopping when you’re switching to solid foods.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/111 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2021
Catch-Up Weight: Why Starting Solids Early Will Not Help Your Baby Gain Weight with Rosan Meyer, PhD, RD
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#110: Will starting solid foods early help your baby with catch-up weight? What if your baby is small or low on the growth chart, will solid foods help regaining weight? In today’s episode I’m joined by pediatric dietitian, Rosan Meyer, PhD, RD, MSc to talk about why we don’t use food early on to support weight gain.   Rosan is a researcher and practitioner specializing in childhood nutrition, growth faltering, failure to thrive and pediatric allergies. In our interview she’s breaking down topics like how to interpret your baby’s growth chart and why starting solid foods early is not only unwise but also dangerous and will NOT help your baby with catch-up weight.   For parents who are getting pressure to start solid foods early for weight purposes, you’re really going to enjoy Rosan’s practical, down-to-earth suggestions about what to do INSTEAD.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/110 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2021
I Started Purees Too Early: Should I Stop Before Switching to BLW?
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#109: If you started purees and you want to switch to baby-led weaning should you stop purees? Or how do you make the transition to baby-led weaning if you began solids before 6 months of age? In this episode we’re breaking down what to do if you started solids too early and are now wondering whether you should stop before beginning baby-led weaning.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/109 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
Probiotics: Should Your Baby Be Taking Probiotics? with James Marin, RD, EN and Dahlia Marin, RDN, LD of @marriedtohealth
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#108: What’s up with your baby’s gut? Do babies need probiotics to help make their belly health better? In this episode I’m joined by James Marin, RD, EN and Dahlia Marin, RDN, LD of @marriedtohealth. They’re a plant-based dietitian team who help parents and clients with their unique approach to integrative medicine.   In this episode we’re chatting about your baby’s microbiome (...and also your gut health!) How can foods provide the probiotic bacteria a healthy gut needs, and what foods babies can eat to make this happen. James & Dahlia also speak about what supplements babies should (and should not) take as well as their evolution to a 100% plant based diet for their family and how that worked when they were doing baby-led weaning.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/108 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2021
Corn: How to Offer Corn Safely to Your Baby
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#107: Can babies eat corn? Is corn good for babies? How do I safely offer corn for my baby? In this episode we’re talking all things corn for baby-led weaning: why corn kernels are a choking hazard early on in BLW, when it’s safe to offer your baby corn on the cob, how to use cornmeal for self-feeding and how to adapt a recipe for cornbread to make it ok for your baby to eat.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/107 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2021
One Pot or Pan Dinner Ideas for Baby-Led Weaning with Ellie Krieger, MS, RDN
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#106: Yes, making wholesome food for your baby from scratch sounds amazing...but who has all day to do it?! Babies can eat modified versions of the same foods the rest of the family eats, and Ellie Krieger is going to show you how to do it using only one pot or one pan!  Ellie Krieger, MS, RDN is a culinary nutritionist who helps you find the sweet spot where delicious and healthy meet. She’s the host of public television series “Ellie’s Real Good Food” and previously hosted “Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger” on the Food Network. She’s write for the Washington Post and has authored 7 award winning cookbooks...and Ellie’s latest book “WHOLE in One: Complete Healthy Meals in a Single Pot, Sheet Pan, or Skillet” is great for cooking wholesome meals but not needing all day (or to dirty all the dishes!) while doing so.   In this episode Ellie is sharing how you can help your baby learn to taste the flavors and seasoning of food (...and not the salt) and make complete meals for your family and your baby using just one sheet pan, pot or skillet.   This episode is part of our National Nutrition Month series highlighting the work of Registered Dietitians in the field of food, nutrition and feeding.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   JOIN THE WAITLIST FOR KATIE & DAWN'S 100 FIRST FOODS PROGRAM: https://www.100firstfoods.com   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/106 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2021
5 Survival Skills for Managing the BLW Mess
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#105: Does the baby-led weaning mess STRESS you out? If you want to know how to prevent the BLW mess...well there’s no way to do that. But you can take steps to minimize the baby-led weaning mess.   In this episode I’m sharing 5 survival skills for MANAGING the BLW mess! We’re chatting about bibs (including the types you DON’T want to use with your baby that are dangerous or interfere with their development), splash mats (what works and what falls apart in the washing machine), best baby plates and bowls for keeping things clean-ish, as well as my kitchen sink soak method for quick cleanup.    And we’re dishing a bit about non-toxic household cleaners. I’m sharing my favorites that actually get the BLW food mess out and are safe to use around your baby.        If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   JOIN THE WAITLIST FOR KATIE & DAWN'S 100 FIRST FOODS PROGRAM: https://www.100firstfoods.com   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/105 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
100 First Foods Graduates
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BONUS: In 2016 I created the 100 FIRST FOODS approach to starting solid foods with baby-led weaning. I did the 100 FIRST FOODS approach with my baby quadruplets, creating a 5-step feeding framework that helps you introduce 5 new foods per week, 20 foods per month and 100 foods in the first 5 months of your baby eating solid foods.   The 100 FIRST FOODS program has grown immensely and is now a formalized digital program that I co-teach with my friend, colleague & fellow BLW expert Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP. In this episode I interviewed the parents of 7 different 100 FIRST FOODS graduates to inspire YOU to start pushing your baby’s palate today by challenging yourself to try 100 NEW FOODS with baby-led weaning! SAVE YOUR SPOT FOR KATIE & DAWN'S FREE ONLINE BABY-FEEDING WORKSHOP: WHAT DO I FEED MY BABY AFTER AVOCADO, BANANA & SWEET POTATO?!: https://www.100firstfoods.com   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/bonus/100firstfoods   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2021
How the Lucky Iron Fish Can Increase Iron Absorption with Founder & CEO Gavin Armstrong, PhD
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#104: The Lucky Iron Fish is a unique kitchen tool, a piece of iron carved in the shape of a fish that you cook with for 10 minutes to release a significant amount of iron. This product is safe for babies age 7 months+ to use and in this episode I’m interviewing the founder and CEO of Lucky Iron Fish Gavin Armstrong, PhD to learn more!   If you’ve ever worried about your baby getting enough iron, or if babies who do baby-led weaning can meet their iron needs, you’re going to love what Gavin has to say. The Lucky Iron Fish is easy to use, it’s proven safe and effective and this company and product are working to reverse the devastating effects and global impact of iron deficiency.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   JOIN THE WAITLIST FOR KATIE & DAWN'S 100 FIRST FOODS PROGRAM: https://www.100firstfoods.com   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/104 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2021
Liver: How to Offer Liver Safely to Babies
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#103: If you’re not a liver lover, then you need to listen to this episode! Liver is one of the most nutrient rich foods you can feed your baby. It’s packed with iron and fat-soluble vitamins, not to mention a really unique taste and texture experience for your baby.   But how do you make liver safe for babies to eat? And how much and what type of liver is best for babies? In this episode we’re talking all about liver: what type of liver, how to prepare it, when it’s safe to feed babies and how much they can have.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   JOIN THE WAITLIST FOR KATIE & DAWN'S 100 FIRST FOODS PROGRAM: https://www.100firstfoods.com   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/103 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
The Future of BLW with its Founding Philosopher Gill Rapley, PhD (Part 2)
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#102: Gill Rapley is the co-author of the original baby-led weaning book and the founder of the BLW movement. In this second part of our 2-part interview series, Dr. Rapley is looking ahead at where she sees the BLW movement going in the future. (In episode 100 Gill Rapley discussed the earlier stages and the history of baby-led weaning.)   In this interview we’re talking about the future of baby-led weaning, including the research being done on BLW, the role of social media and how it has helped but also hindered the BLW philosophy. Dr. Rapley shares her thoughts on BLW Facebook communities and other forums, including tips on how parents can relinquish control and begin to respect their baby’s ability to safely self-feed from 6 months on.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   JOIN THE WAITLIST FOR KATIE & DAWN'S 100 FIRST FOODS PROGRAM: https://www.100firstfoods.com   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE:  https://blwpodcast.com/102 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2021
Straw Cup vs. Open Cup: Which Comes First? with Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP
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#101: Which comes first for babies who are weaning: straw cup or open cup? Both are important when weaning off the breast or bottle and in this episode I’m joined by pediatric swallowing expert Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP who is going to talk about the importance of each, in their due time.   Dawn is the designer of the new ezpz Mini Cup + Straw Training System. She is the creator of the 3-Phase Developmental Drinking System that helps transition babies through their developmentally appropriate phases of learning how to drink. In this episode she’s breaking down everything you need to know about teaching your baby how to drink from a straw cup and what comes before and after that skill.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   JOIN THE WAITLIST FOR KATIE & DAWN'S 100 FIRST FOODS PROGRAM: https://www.100firstfoods.com   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/101 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2021
The History of BLW with its Founding Philosopher Gill Rapley, PhD (Part 1)
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#100: Gill Rapley will be the first to tell you she didn’t “invent” baby-led weaning. But if you’ve read Rapley’s original baby-led weaning book, you’ll agree that she did a lot more than, as she so modestly claims, “...just gave it a name and a theoretical base”. As the founder of the baby-led weaning philosophy, GIll Rapley opened our eyes to the reality that when it comes to feeding: babies can do so much more than we give them credit for.    To celebrate the 100th episode of the BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast, I’m thrilled to bring you a two-part interview series with the lady who started it all: Gill Rapley, PhD.    In this first episode we’ll be looking at the history of baby-led weaning: did she set out to spawn a baby-feeding movement? How did Rapley come to co-author Baby-Led Weaning: The Essential Guide book with Tracey Murkett? And then how did she deal with doubters and skeptics when the baby-led weaning philosophy and practice really began to take off?    I’ve sat in my fair share of infant feeding seminars and heated BLW moms groups where I’ve often wondered, “...What Gill Rapley would have to say about this?” Well, I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity in this interview to ask her all about the early days of baby-led weaning and to hear the answer straight from its biggest champion and founding philosopher!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/100 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2021
Are Organic Foods Better for My Baby?
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#99: Does my baby need to eat organic foods? Are organic foods “healthier” than their conventionally grown counterparts? If you can only afford or get access to certain types of organic foods, which ones should you offer to your baby?   In this episode we’re looking at organic foods to determine if they are inherently better choices for babies than are non-organic foods. We’re analyzing the nutrition, taste, environmental impact and economic considerations of selecting or not selecting organic foods when starting solids with your baby.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/99 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2021
Breastfeeding + Scheduling Solid Foods with @milkymamallc Krystal Duhaney, RN, IBCLC
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#98: Are you a breastfeeding mom who is dreading the transition to solid foods? Like you JUST got this whole breastfeeding thing figured out and now it’s time to layer in having to feed your baby real food? If you’re nervous about making the switch from breastfeeding to baby-led weaning, do NOT worry: you can do both SUCCESSFULLY and Krystal Duhaney, RN, IBCLC from @milkymamallc is here to show you how!   In this episode Krystal is breaking down some tips for transitioning to solid foods while also keeping your breastfeeding game STRONG. She’s talking about the “breast sandwich” to help protect your milk supply and why milk supply tends to drop when you start solid foods (but how you can fight to keep it up!)   We’re also chatting about how to schedule your breastfeeding sessions once you start baby-led weaning. Things change in your breastfeeding journey when you are just starting to introduce food at 6 months, once your baby gets going with eating solid foods and then when you reach the one-year mark...and Krystal is going to help you succeed every step of the way!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/98 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2021
Mushrooms: How to Offer Mushrooms Safely to Babies
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#97 Babies can eat so many more foods than we give them credit for...like mushrooms! Mushrooms are one of those foods that adults love to hate, but babies...babies will eat anything, including mushrooms! In this episode we’ll take a look at how to feed mushrooms safely to your baby for baby-led weaning.    Mushrooms are a surprising source of nutrition, not to mention a unique taste and texture experience for your baby. In this episode I’m sharing a number of ways to prepare mushrooms and mushroom recipes that work well for baby-led weaning.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/97 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2021
How to Talk to Your Pediatrician About BLW with Mona Amin, DO
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#96: What if my doctor isn’t on board with baby-led weaning? How do I talk to my pediatrician about baby-led weaning? Help! My doctor said baby-led weaning isn’t safe or it doesn’t work!! If you’ve dealt with or wondered about any of these scenarios, fear not because pediatrician Mona Amin is here to help you sort things out!   In this episode Dr. Amin is sharing some practical tips for talking about baby-led weaning with your doctor. If you’re worried about choking or how to introduce allergenic foods safely to your baby, she’ll coach you through the important talking points to have these important discussions with your doctor.   As a BLW mom herself plus a practicing pediatrician, Dr. Amin is the face behind the wildly popular instagram account @pedsdoctalk and host of The Peds Doc Talk podcast. In this interview she’s sharing her own baby-led weaning story about her son Ryaan as well as advice on how to talk to family members and practitioners who may not be totally on board with baby-led weaning (yet!)   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/96 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2021
Make Slippery Foods Easier to Pick Up (+ Add Iron) with these 5 Ingredient Hacks
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#95 What if your baby has trouble picking up some of the more slippery foods with baby-led weaning? When you make soft, cooked foods for your baby they can be hard to pick up. But you can help by rolling some of the slippery foods in ingredients that not only add traction but also add iron to your baby’s diet. In this episode I’m sharing 5 ingredient hacks for rolling slippery foods in for your baby. These will help your baby pick up foods more easily while also adding some of that all-important iron.        If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/95 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2021
Self-Care for You When Your Baby is Starting Solids with @drsterlingobgyn
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#94: What’s your status with self-care these days? You hear the term “self-care” thrown around a lot in the motherhood and parenting space...but what does it actually mean?    In this episode Christine Sterling, MD from The Sterling Life is joining us to talk about why self-care as a parent is so important. We need to be taking care of ourselves, especially during transition times in your baby’s life...like when you’re starting solids.   Dr. Sterling is a board-certified OBGYN dedicated to helping moms navigate pregnancy, postpartum and parenthood. She is a straight-talker and if you’ve brushed the idea of self-care to the side, Dr. Sterling is going to put it back front and center.   In our interview Dr. Sterling explains why as parents we tend to look to our children to fulfill areas of our lives where we’re feeling “not enough”. Her techniques will help you use self-care to move you closer to yourself, helping you feel more at peace in your life...while acknowledging that parenting will always be imperfect. Dr. Sterling’s mission is to help remind us that self-care can help bring joy among the imperfect.   In Dr. Sterling’s words, “Do your children see you enjoying life even when the to-do list is not done?” If you’re like most of us and the answer is no, check out this episode with Christine Sterling, MD @drsterlingobgyn to get some self-care in your situation stat!     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/94 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2021
Reintroducing Familiar Foods Back on Your Baby's Plate
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#93 When your baby is trying one new food per day is that the only food the baby eats? It could be but you can also reintroduce familiar foods from previous days. This helps your baby see foods he or she has already tried early and often.    In this episode I’m sharing some easy ways you can reintroduce foods your baby has already tried back into the diet. Yes you can continue to try new foods while also continuing to expose your baby to foods he or she has previously tried!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/93 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
How to Choose a Safe Seat for Your Baby to Eat with High Chair Designer Kirsti Vandraas
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#92: Have you ever looked at your baby’s high chair and wondered, “Who in the world designed this thing?” In this episode I’m joined by Kirsti Vandraas, a physiotherapist and ergonomist who works closely with Peter Opsvik, designer of the Tripp Trapp and Nomi high chairs.    Kirsti is taking us on a tour behind the design of Opsvik’s Tripp Trapp and Nomi high chairs, including how they promote freedom and fellowship at mealtimes from baby’s first bites. From the absence of a tray, to the inclusion of an adjustable footplate and why European versions of these chairs do not include straps, prepare yourself to learn more about your child’s chair design than you ever thought imaginable!   In this episode Kirsti is also sharing about high chair safety, including the difference between European and American standards. We chat about movement at mealtimes and how a few simple tweaks in your baby’s setup in the chair can help facilitate independent eating early on in feeding.      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/92 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2021
Pantry Planning for Baby-Led Weaning
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#91: You don’t need to buy a lot of specialty foods or unusual ingredients when you are starting baby-led weaning. There are many foods you already have on hand in your home kitchen that are safe and easy to feed your baby for baby-led weaning.    In this episode I’m sharing some of my tried and true pantry planning tips for starting solid foods. From spices and seasonings, staple items to canned vegetables and fruits, legumes and even seafood, my hope is that after listening to this episode you’ll recognize you have a LOT more foods ready to feed your baby than you might have realized!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/91 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2021
Picky Eater Siblings & BLW Babies feat. Molly Ferraro
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#90: Parents of picky eaters know that by the time the next baby rolls around they’re looking for any solution to avoid picky eating in the new baby. Baby-led weaning doesn’t promise to prevent picky eating, but it sure can help minimize the severity of the picky eating.   In this episode I’m joined by my oldest daughter Molly, a “recovering” picky eater who has 6 younger siblings who are BLW grads. Molly will be the first to share that lots of foods are “not her favorite” but we make it work.   Molly and I are chatting about some tips for incorporating your older kids in the kitchen when your new baby is learning how to eat...plus some ideas on how to encourage that picky eater to be more adventurous in the context of their BLW sibling.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/90 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2021
Freezer Aisle Finds for Baby-Led Weaning
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#89 The freezer aisle at your grocery store has some fabulous foods you can feed your baby. Yes of course there are ultra-processed convenience foods there too that babies shouldn’t have, but don’t totally discount the freezer aisle!   In this episode I’m walking you through 5 of my favorite freezer aisle finds that work great for feeding babies. If you’re currently only “shopping the perimeter” at the store, you’re going to want to take a listen and see if any of these 5 foods you might serve your baby!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/89 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2021
Writing Your Family's Food Story with Chef Julia Nordgren, MD
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#88: Your baby is a blank slate. And starting solid foods is actually an opportune time to think about what YOUR family’s food story is going to be!   In this episode I’m joined by Chef Julia Nordgren, MD a pediatrician turned food advocate and culinary expert. She’s talking us through some of the tougher issues that parents face when it comes to feeding kids: from baby’s first bites through to the teenage years.   Dr. Nordgren is one of my favorite feeding experts. She comes to EVERY interview brimming with ideas on how to raise kids who LIKE food and with tips and tactics that everyday families can incorporate...even if you didn’t go to culinary school!   Join Chef Julia Nordgren as she outlines some easy ways to help craft our family’s food story. From setting “guardrails” about snacks to getting even the little kids cooking with you in the kitchen (without making you lose your mind!) I think you’ll really enjoy her approach to building a foundation of a healthy relationship with food for all the little people in YOUR family!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/88 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2020
7 BLW Mistakes I Made So YOU Don't Have To!
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#87: We had 7 kids in 3.5 years and I have made a LOT of mistakes in my brief parenting journey. Before I changed my dietitian career to specialize in infant feeding and baby-led weaning I was a super stressed out mom trying to figure BLW out on my own to feed my quadruplet babies.   It was hard for me to narrow the list of BLW mistakes I made when I was starting out down to just 7. I went through my phone, back to the first week that the quads started BLW and I am just cringing because I made SO MANY MISTAKES. My quads are fine, they lived through it...but if I can save you some heartache or stress or help you reverse an unsafe feeding practice early on in your BLW journey, well that’s my intention with this episode.   Join me as I walk you through 7 BABY-LED WEANING MISTAKES I MADE SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO! I’m getting kind of personal in this episode, but looking back I wish I had a resource like this when I was starting solids as a new mom and I hope you find it helpful (...but also a reminder that we’re all human, we all mistakes and we can all learn from each other and OUR collective mistakes!)        If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/87 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2020
BLW Meal Prep Tips from 2X Food Network Chopped Champ Chef Tatiana Rosana
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#86: How do professional chef moms cook for their babies? Well...turns out, they’re a lot like us! In this episode two-time Food Network Chopped champion Chef Tatiana Rosana is joining me to share some real-life easy to implement BLW meal prep ideas.   Tatiana and her wife are doing baby-led weaning at home with their 8-month-old son Arlo. And since she’s in the thick of it, Tatiana is giving us some great ideas on how we can streamline BLW prep at home, employing some of the same techniques that work in her professional kitchen that babies can benefit from too.   We’re chatting about her appearances on Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay and the pressure to perform your craft at work vs. prepping food for your baby at home. And Tatiana is also breaking down some of the upcoming foods that Arlo is going to be trying as well as what’s she’s thinking to make as she plans ahead to prepare short ribs and lamb and black beans for baby Arlo and his BLW journey.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/86 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2020
Sardines: How to Offer Sardines Safely to Babies
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#85: Sardines are one of the best baby foods out there. You might personally not like sardines...a lot of people don’t, but don’t discount sardines for baby-led weaning.   Sardines are packed with nutrition, they represent unique taste and texture opportunities for your baby, plus sardines are an easy way to introduce your baby to one of the potentially allergenic food categories: fish.   I’m going to make a sardine lover out of you in this episode! Join me as I walk you through the best ways to select and serve sardines to your baby safely. I’m also sharing some of the exact types of canned sardines you can get for your baby and additional baby-led weaning recipes for safely feeding your baby fish, including sardines!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/85 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2020
Why You DON'T Need to Wait 3-5 Days Between New Foods with Carina Venter, PhD, RD
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#84: Have you heard the recommendation to wait 3-5 days between trying new foods with your baby? Did you know that there is no evidence or research to back this guidance up? In fact, waiting unnecessarily long periods of time between new foods all but ensures that babies WON’T get the diet diversity that other research shows they really NEED to succeed with growth and development.   Introducing 1 new food per day is perfectly safe for your baby. Carina Venter, PhD, RD is joining me on this interview to tell you why you do NOT need to wait 3-5 days between new foods for your baby. And if that’s the recommendation you’re hearing from your pediatrician, Carina also breaks down why doctors are still perpetuating this outdated notion despite the emerging body of literature that supports more rapid exposure to new foods.  Carina Venter is one of the most recognized authorities in the area of pediatric food allergy prevention and research. She’s on many of the nutrition advisory panels that study the evidence about starting solids and put forth recommendations for new food and allergenic food introduction. If you’re not already convinced that babies can eat a greater variety of foods than most doctors would give them credit for, this interview with Carina Venter is going to make a believer out of you too!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/84 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2020
Family Meals: When Should My Baby Start Eating with the Family?
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#83: Does baby-led weaning mean you feed your baby the same foods the rest of the family eats? Are you supposed to eat every meal together with your baby? Do you bring the baby to the table or are they in the high chair and how long should a feeding even last?   You probably KNOW that family meals are beneficial - and that babies can start eating with the family from their first bites...but the actual LOGISTICS of how you make this happen can be a little tricky.   In this episode I’m walking you through 5 main considerations about having your baby at family meals for baby-led weaning. We’re covering the WHERE, WHAT, WHEN, WHO and WHY about family meals for early eaters and how you can make them happen at your house without losing your mind or having to short-order cook for your baby!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/83 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2020
Black Food Matters and Food Justice with Hanna Garth, MPH, PHD
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#82: It’s no secret that food and nutrition is traditionally taught through a white-centric lens. In this episode I’m joined by Hanna Garth, a food anthropologist and professor and author of Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice to talk about the underlying problems of food inequality as they pertain to race and culture.   If you’ve ever wondered how a food swamp differs from a food desert, or what the term food apartheid actually means (...and why it’s preferred over food swamp and/or food dessert), this episode has some answers for you.   Hanna is helping parents learn to speak about food and culture to our kids in a way that challenges the rhetoric of nutrition and food that needs to look or be a certain way in order to be “normal” or “healthy”.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/82 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2020
5 Things NOT to Buy When Starting Baby-Led Weaning
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#81: You do not need to buy a bunch of STUFF to give your baby a safe start to solid foods! There are so many items and gadgets and doo-dads for sale, it can be confusing to try to figure out what you actually need!    In this episode we’re going to narrow it down to what you actually might need for starting solids by going through a list of things you definitely do NOT need. Baby feeding gear can get downright gimmicky, and some of the stuff you see for sale can actually even be harmful.    If you’re just getting started with solid foods and baby-led weaning here’s a quick rundown of 5 things you do NOT need to buy to get a safe start to solid foods!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/81 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2020
Threatened with CPS Call for Feeding Baby Curry with TikTok Mom Graca Walters
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#80: Can you imagine being threatened and bullied on social media because you chose to feed your baby recipes from your own food culture? Well it happened to Graca Williams on TikTok and she’s here to talk about it!   Graca is a stay-at-home mom who grew up in the Congo and now lives in New York. She does baby-led weaning with her daughter Zuri and she made major headlines last week after posting a video on TikTok of the lamb curry recipe she made and served her baby. People were SO CRUEL in the comments of the lamb curry video...one troll even threatened to call CPS on her!   I wanted to chat with Graca to learn more about the types of foods she makes and feeds Zuri, as well as her small business creating seasoning and spice blends and sauces that incorporate her favorite Caribbean and African food flavors. And I also wanted to share this amazing mom’s story about pushing her baby’s palate beyond boring baby food and to let her know there’s a whole big baby-led weaning community out here that really supports and encourages the work she is doing and the foods she is feeding!     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/80 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2020
How to Pick a Milk When Your Baby Turns 1
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#79: What changes in feeding when your baby turns 1? Honestly...not a whole lot. But we do make the transition to cow’s milk and that can be kind of tricky for some families.   In this episode we’re looking at how to pick a milk when your baby turns 1. From questions about how much to feed, what types of cow’s milk to try, transitioning from breastmilk and/or formula to cow’s milk and milk alternatives, I’m answering all your questions on how to pick a milk when your baby turns 1.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/79 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2020
Family Feeding Gift Guide: Katie's BLW Gift Picks
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#78: If there’s a little one on your gift list (...or if you’re looking to buy for the person who helps feed that baby!) this episode is a roundup of some of my favorite family feeding gift ideas.   Inside of this episode I’m sharing feeding gear & goods for different ages & stages of feeding, like what to buy before you start solids, some helpful gear for once you get going, what you need to transition to toddlerhood and ideas for moms, dads & caregivers too!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/78 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2020
Baby Hunger & Fullness Cues: What They Are & How to Spot Them
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#77: How do I know if my baby is full and when to stop feeding him? What if my baby wants more food than I portioned out, do I keep feeding her?   If you’re feeling a little confused about your baby’s hunger & fullness cues then fret no more: this episode is all about your baby’s cues, how he or she learns to recognize & respond to hunger & fullness cues and what you can do to make sure you’re not interfering as they’re trying to figure this new stuff out!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/77 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2020
Sustainable Meat: Smart Selections for Starting Solids with Diana Rodgers, RD
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#76: Grass-fed. Grass-finished. Pasture-raised...hormone-free...antibiotic-free, humanely processed. When it comes to meat, what does it all mean? Self-proclaimed “rogue dietitian” Diana Rodgers joins me for an interview to talk about what it means to select sustainable meat.   For families who do eat animal products, these foods represent important nutrient, taste and texture opportunities for your baby. But Diana takes meat considerations a few steps further: looking at the ethical and environmental implications of how we select and incorporate animal foods, especially beef, into our family diets.   Diana Rogers is a Registered Dietitian and host of the Sustainable Dish podcast. She’s also the author of the book Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat and producer of the just-released film Sacred Cow: The Nutritional, Environmental and Ethical Case for Better Meat. I hope you’ll enjoy this spirited conversation with Diana about the pros and the potential drawbacks of choosing different types of meat for your baby to eat.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/76 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Canned Foods that CAN Work for Baby-Led Weaning
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#75: You hear about the benefits of “shopping the perimeter” at the grocery store. The implication there that “fresh” and “wholesome” foods are found in the surrounding aisles like fresh produce, meat and dairy. And while there are definitely foods there that babies can eat, let’s NOT discount the canned food aisle.   There are LOTS of canned foods that work GREAT for baby-led weaning and this episode we’re breaking down which type of canned foods your baby CAN eat, how to prep them SAFELY and what should be avoided when it comes to considering canned foods for baby.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/75 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2020
Baby Behavior at Mealtimes: What the Science Says with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
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#74: What is your baby’s behavior at mealtime telling you? Is it possible to spoil a baby by feeding him too much? Can babies even exhibit “bad” behavior? In this episode author, child development and parenting specialist Tina Payne Bryson, PhD is joining me to break it ALL down when it comes to your baby’s behavior at mealtimes - diving DEEP into what the science says!   Tina is the co-author of well-known parenting books such as The Whole-Brain Child and No Drama Discipline (...aka the BIBLE when my quadruplets were toddlers and I had NO idea how to compassionately discipline!) I love Tina’s science-based approach to tackling topics and she’s covering a TON of baby behavior in her new book The Bottom Line For Baby.   Tina is walking us through a TON of positive parenting techniques, like how to react when your baby starts throwing food, responding to family members or friends who question your decision to do baby-led weaning and how to establish boundaries when baby starts pushing your buttons!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/74 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
HELP! My Baby Has NO Interest in Food at First
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#73: The first few days, weeks & even months of baby-led weaning can feel BRUTAL. Like your baby isn’t eating a lot and you’re worried they’re not “getting enough” or missing out on iron or what if their growth starts to falter??...   Fear not! MOST babies don’t take IMMEDIATELY to food and that’s because they need time to learn HOW to eat. In this episode we’re breaking down WHY your baby is probably not super interested in food at first and WHAT to do (and NOT do when this happens!)        If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/73 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
How to Create a Pressure-Free Feeding Environment with Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD-S
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#72: Pressuring babies to eat more and pressuring babies to eat less can both lead to problematic outcomes when babies are learning to eat. But starting solids is a STRESSFUL time for many parents and caregivers, and sometimes without even realizing it we can be creating a feeding environment that is so high pressure both you AND your baby begin to dread mealtime.   In this podcast episode Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD-S is talking us through all sorts of tips for creating a pressure-free feeding environment. Jessica is a world renowned eating disorder dietitian who has also worked extensively in pediatrics with children who have feeding disorders. She’s sharing some best practices for helping us avoid feeding problems as we set out with our babies who are learning to eat solid foods.      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/72 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
Travel + Restaurants: Taking Your BLW Show on the Road
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#71: What if you’re doing baby-led weaning but you want to go on vacation or out to a restaurant: HOW do you take your BLW baby show on the road?! Well fear not, traveling with a self-feeding baby is actually WAY easier than doing traditional spoon-feeding on the road! In this episode I’m sharing some practical tips for preparing for and actually taking your BLW baby away from his or her home feeding environment. We’re chatting about traveling with breastmilk and/or formula, survival tips for when schedules change and ideas for what to order at your favorite restaurant.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/71 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2020
Happy Half-Birthday BLW Podcast!
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BONUS: If this BLW podcast were a baby it would be time to start solid foods! That’s right, the BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast is officially 6 months old. I know it’s a weird thing to celebrate a baby’s half birthday (...weirder to celebrate a podcast’s half birthday)...but this baby is a labor of love and I’ve got some great podcast tidbits to share with you 6 months on!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/bonus/birthday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2020
The Evidence Behind Baby-Led Weaning with Amy Brown, PhD
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#70: There is a real and credible body of emerging evidence that supports a baby-led approach to feeding. In this episode baby-led weaning expert, author, researcher and Professor Amy Brown is joining us to help break down the evidence behind baby-led weaning.   Amy Brown is a psychologist by background and a professor of Public Health in Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University in the UK. Her research focuses on early experiences in parenthood with a focus on infant feeding, mental health and baby behavior. She has published widely across these topics and her research helps inform policy and practice in both the United Kingdom and around the world.   Dr. Brown is the author of the book “Why Starting Solids Matters” and numerous research publications exploring the safety and efficacy of a baby-led approach to feeding.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/70 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
Pumpkin: 5 Easy Ways Your Baby Can Safely Eat Pumpkin
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#69: It’s the peak of pumpkin season and you might be wondering how your baby can get a PIECE of that PUMPKIN action, right??!! Well pumpkin is totally SAFE for babies to eat (...with a few caveats) and inside of this episode I’m sharing 5 Easy Ways Your Baby Can Safely Eat Pumpkin (with 5 new BLW pumpkin recipes for you too!)     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/69 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
Sugar and Why Your Baby Should Avoid it with Robert Lustig, MD, MSL
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#68: Sure you know your baby doesn’t need sugar. But did you know that added sugars are EVERYWHERE in the commercial food supply, including baby foods?    In this episode I’m joined by Dr. Robert Lustig - the BIG DADDY of sugar research and he’s breaking it DOWN exactly why your baby doesn’t need sugar (...and what you can do to avoid it!)   You may know Dr. Lustig from documentary films such as FED UP or SUGAR COATED...or possibly the longest viral video ever, his SUGAR: THE BITTER TRUTH 90 minute treatise on every reason why we’re being tricked into eating sugar and what it’s doing for our bodies.   But Dr. Lustig is also doing groundbreaking research on TEXTURES and PALATE DEVELOPMENT and he’s sharing WHY as he puts it, “We have been feeding babies pureed semi solid food for millenia...and they’re still here!”   Sit back and enjoy this interview with Dr. Robert Lustig of UCSF,        If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/68 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2020
100 First Foods Graduates
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#67: So what’s the big deal about a baby eating 100 foods? Well the research shows us that babies who are exposed to the greatest number of foods, flavors, tastes & textures are MORE likely to be independent eaters and LESS likely to be picky eaters!   In 2016 I created the 100 FIRST FOODS approach to starting solid foods with baby-led weaning. I did the 100 FIRST FOODS approach with my baby quadruplets, creating a 5-step feeding framework that helps you introduce 5 new foods per week, 20 foods per month and 100 foods in the first 5 months of your baby eating solid foods.   The 100 FIRST FOODS program has grown immensely and is now a formalized digital program that I co-teach with my friend, colleague & fellow BLW expert Dawn WInkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP. In this episode I interviewed the parents of 7 different 100 FIRST FOODS graduates to inspire YOU to start pushing your baby’s palate today by challenging yourself to try 100 NEW FOODS with baby-led weaning!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/67 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2020
BLW Food Fast & Slow: Instant Pot Cooking with Jenna Helwig
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#66: Do you have an Instant Pot suffering from underuse? Like maybe it’s stowed away in some cabinet...or possibly even still in the box? Well if you have a baby and an Instant Pot then this episode is for you! I’m joined by Jenna Helwig, author of The Multi-Cooker Baby Food Cookbook who is going to show you the EASIEST ways to put your Instant Pot to use for baby-led weaning.   Jenna is the Food Director of Real Simple and formerly the Food Director at Parents and Health and she knows a LOT about making good food...both fast and slow. In this episode we’re chatting about why slow cooked meats are a great option for babies just learning to eat, how you can make yogurt in your InstantPot and BLW recipes for pressure cooking and slow cooking.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/66 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
Chopped: BLW Edition Part 2
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#65: Your baby is a self-feeding machine just WAITING to happen!! In this episode I’m sharing 5 more foods that you can safely offer your baby for baby-led weaning. We’re going through the DOs and DON’Ts of feeding babies APPLES, BUTTERNUT SQUASH, TEFF, PORK and SHELLFISH (...it’s 1 of the Big 8 allergenic foods - and a LOT easier to feed your baby than you might think!)   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/65 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
How to Pre-Load a BLW Spoon: Self-Feeding Technique with Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP
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#64: Yes your baby CAN learn to self-feed using a spoon! You might have heard that baby-led weaning means NOT using purees or a spoon...but that’s not the whole story. Purees are an important texture for babies to master - they’re just not the ONLY texture babies can eat!   In this episode I’m joined by BLW expert Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP. Dawn specializes in pediatric swallowing and she’s the feeding expert for ezpz. Dawn also designed the ezpz Tiny Spoon - the award winning baby-led weaning spoon that is REMARKABLY different than any baby spoon you’ve ever seen before!   You can honor the self-feeding principles of baby-led weaning AND teach your baby to self-feed by spoon using Ms. Dawn’s proven pre-loaded spoon technique. She’s walking us through it step-by-step in this episode all about promoting self-feeding with a spoon!     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/64 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2020
A History of the 100 First Foods Approach to Baby-Led Weaning
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#63: Babies can eat way more foods than we give them credit for! In this episode I’m walking you through the history of my 100 FIRST FOODS approach to starting solid foods with baby-led weaning.   From my struggles spoon-feeding my oldest daughter, to discovering baby-led weaning with my quadruplets, switching nutrition careers to focus entirely on baby-led weaning and then refining the 100 FIRST FOODS approach for my 6th & 7th babies (twins!)...I’m taking you on a brief tour of the history of how I came to create my 5-STEP FEEDING FRAMEWORK and the whole #100firstfoods movement!   Since creating the 100 FIRST FOODS approach to BLW in 2016, my program has helped tens of thousands of families get a safe start to solid foods using baby-led weaning. If you’re interested in pushing YOUR baby’s palate to this 100 first foods mark, then let’s get started!      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/63 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2020
Goat Milk, Gut Health and Skin Symptoms with Annie Salsberg, MSc (cand) ND
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#62: Have you thought about offering your baby goat milk in place of cow’s milk foods? Because goat milk proteins form a gentler curd in the stomach and are broken down faster than cow’s milk protein, goat milk formula and ingredients may be an alternative for children with troubles associated with cow milk consumption.   In this episode, I’m joined by Annie Salsberg, MSc (cand) ND of Kabrita USA. Kabrita makes a variety of goat milk foods and Annie is breaking down what sort of situations goat milk can be used for as well as what it’s not used for (...for example, goat milk can’t be used by people who have cow’s milk protein allergy).       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/62 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
Leafy Greens: 5 Easy Ways For Your Baby to Safely Eat Greens
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#61: Can babies safely eat dark green leafy vegetables? Absolutely! It’s not safe for babies to eat raw greens or foods like lettuce or uncooked spinach or kale...but there are a number of ways you can safely prepare greens for baby-led weaning.   In this episode I’m sharing 5 easy ways to feed your baby dark green leafy vegetables. Greens contain unique flavors for your baby to try plus some valuable nutrients. And while plant based foods with iron (like the type in spinach and other greens) aren’t as easily absorbed by the body as animal foods, they’re still important foods for babies to eat (safely!)   Dive into this episode for 5 easy ways your baby can safely learn to eat greens!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/61 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2020
Car Seat Safety and Feeding Considerations with The Car Seat Lady Alisa Baer, MD
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#60: You know how they say, “You don’t know what you don’t know…”? Well, when it comes to infant and child car seat safety, I’m always amazed at how much I did NOT know! In this episode timed to release during CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing The Car Seat Lady aka Alisa Baer, MD all about car seat safety with a ton of side convo about why we don’t feed babies in the car.   Alisa’s mom is the OG Car Seat Lady and along with her mom and her childhood friend Emily, this 3-lady team has done over 50,000 carseat installs. Alisa is also a board certified pediatrician and she PACKED this interview full of really thoughtful, actional tips for how we can improve our child’s car seat experience.   There are a lot of self-proclaimed “experts” in the car seat field: Alisa is not one of them. She does car seats, full time, nothing else. She is not sponsored and does not take endorsements from car seat companies. She is a straight shooter and tells it like she sees it, based on an INCREDIBLE amount of research and knowledge from her team’s over 70 years combined experience in the field. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like to compare a million different options, The Car Seat Lady is going to be right up your alley.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/60 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2020
Chopped: BLW Edition Part 1
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#59: Ever wonder what to do with some of the random food at your house? Is there a safe way you can feed it to your baby? In this “Chopped” style episode, you guys shared a bunch of foods and ingredients in your house that you wanted to know how to make safe for baby-led weaning...and I’m answering your BLW food prep questions in this special episode!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/59 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
What do I do if My Baby Has an Allergic Reaction? with Ron Sunog, MD
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#58: What should you do if your baby has an allergic reaction to a new food? In this interview I’m joined by pediatrician and food allergy specialist Ron Sunog, MD who knows exactly what to do (...and also shares some tips on what NOT to do!).   You don’t need to park your car outside of the Emergency Department to trial new foods with your baby in the event of a reaction. Dr. Sunog is walking us through the more logical precautionary steps to take as we introduce our babies to potentially allergenic foods, and then what to do in the (rare) event that your baby does have a reaction.   Dr. Sunog is the author of the book EAT THE EIGHT: Preventing Food Allergy with Food and the Imperfect Art of Medicine. And in this interview he’s dishing on Epi-Pens, Benadryl and talking us through which babies are at higher risk for food allergies and how those families (plus lower risk ones too) can and should be prepared for allergic reactions when starting new foods.      If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/58 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
Is it Too Late to Start Baby-Led Weaning?
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#57: Am I too late to switch to baby-led weaning? What if I started spoon-feeding my baby but now I want to switch? How old is too old for a baby to learn how to self-feed? If any of these questions have ever crossed your mind, this episode has all the answers!   We’re taking a look at what you do if you “missed” that 6-month mark for starting solids with baby-led weaning. Maybe you did traditional spoon-feeding and now your baby expects to be fed. Or what if you have an older baby and you’re just now feeling ready to transition off of purees?   Don’t distress: it is NOT too late for your baby to learn how to self-feed. I’ve got a few proven feeding tricks and tips that will help you fast-track your baby to self-feeding success...even if you *think* you’re getting a late start (you’re NOT! :)       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/57 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
Dog Meets Baby: BLW Do's + Don'ts For The Whole (Furry) Family with Alexandra Parry, DVM
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#56: Oh I know it’s cute to see a dog licking up the baby’s leftovers...but it’s actually not a good idea. In this episode veterinarian Alexandra Parry is sharing tons of tips for your whole (furry) family when it comes to mixing dogs with self-feeding babies.   Dr. Parry is diving deep on all sorts of dog-related “Do’s and Don’ts”, some of which will surprise you. Like maybe you knew grapes were toxic to dogs (I didn’t!) but she’s also breaking down by MOST of the food your baby is eating should not end up in your dog’s mouth!   As a mom of a baby-led weaning baby herself, Alexandra really understands the desire for parents to get dogs involved at mealtimes. But as someone who was bit in the face by her own dog as a child, Dr. Parry helps us avoid the behaviors that will put either our dog or our baby in harm’s way.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/56 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2020
How to Drop a Milk Feed
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#55: How do you drop a milk feed? The whole point of weaning is your baby gradually replaces the nutrition he or she was getting from breastmilk and/or formula and replaces that with the foods they’re learning how to eat. But at some point during the weaning process, we have to be proactive about dropping that first milk feed.   In this episode I’m covering some ideas for gradually cutting back on your baby’s milk intake as food intake increases. Do you cut the night feed? The morning milk? And how do we set up a feeding schedule such that milk follows food as we approach your baby’s first birthday? Listen in for all you need to know about dropping milk feeds!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/55 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
Overstuffing: What If My Baby Takes Big Bites? with Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP
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#54: Anyone have an overstuffer on their hands? Do you know the type of baby I’m talking about? SUPER eager about eating (a good thing…) but also kind of scary and you’re worried your baby might choke (a bad thing…)?   Well in today’s episode I’ve got speech language pathologist and pediatric swallowing expert Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP joining me to talk about some practical ways to handle over-stuffing.   If your baby eats fast or takes big bites and you’re not sure whether or not this is safe or what to do...Ms. Dawn has you covered with tons of tips, exercises and scripts for handling some of these panic-inducing moments.   And if your baby is on the other end of the spectrum - as in not even interested in food yet - there’s still some great info in here for you, so you’ll know what to do when your baby eventually DOES get into eating more food!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/54 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2020
Explaining BLW to a Skeptic: 10 Benefits of Baby-Led Weaning
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#53: Got any baby-led weaning skeptics in your life? Like the doubters...or the haters. If you *have* to have the conversation where you’re TRYING to convince someone that baby-led weaning is a safe and viable alternative to traditional spoon-feeding...well then this is the episode for you!!   Today I’m running you down a QUICK list of 10 benefits of baby-led weaning. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means (because the benefits of BLW are boundless!!) but I think it will help you organize your talking points if you find yourself needing to convince another about the benefits of baby-led weaning. These are 10 reasons why baby-led weaning is SUCH A POWERFUL APPROACH to safely starting solid foods!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/53 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
Tongue Ties & Lip Ties: Do These Affect Baby's Ability to Self-Feed with Dr. Shaina Holman, DDS, PhD
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#52: If your baby has a tongue tie or has had a tongue tie release, you might be wondering if there is anything you need to consider when transitioning your baby to solid foods. In this episode I’m joined by Shaina Holman, DDS, PhD - a very different kind of dentist - because she is a dentist that specializes in infant tongue ties, but who has also done research on infant feeding practices and takes a multi-disciplinary team-based approach to diagnosing, treating and managing babies with tongue ties.   Dr. Shaina is walking us through tongue ties: what they are, where they come from, and how having one or having had a tongue tie released may impact your baby’s ability to self-feed. Many of you with tongue tied babies may have struggled with breastfeeding - and I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag - but I think you’re going to like what Dr. Shain has to say: that transitioning to solid foods and starting solids with a baby-led approach is something you CAN successfully do, and in our interview she talks all about why and how that is possible.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/52 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2020
Temperature: Should I Serve My Baby's Food Hot, Cold, Room Temp...Does it Matter?
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#51: Ever wonder if there is a right (or wrong) temperature that the food you offer your baby should be? In this episode, we’re looking at which foods babies can have frozen, cold, room temperature and warm. We’ll also cover some basic food safety precautions regarding temperature for preparing protein foods and storing foods safely.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/51 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2020
How Tube Fed Babies Can Become Independent Eaters with Jennifer Berry, MS, OT/L and Heidi Liefer Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC
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#50: Many babies on tube feedings can learn to become independent eaters. In this episode feeding therapists Jennifer Berry, MS, OT/L and Heidi Liefer Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC explain the challenges facing families of babies that rely on tube feeds for nutrition. They often face the realities of no exit strategy from the tube, lack of communication among the healthcare team and a misunderstanding of the developmental abilities and feeding needs of the individual babies.   Heidi and Jenny share how their intensive feeding tube weaning programs work. They talk about the important foundations of responsive feeding that can benefit all parents and caregivers, as well as the need to build trust in the feeding relationship and implement Satter’s Division of Responsibility in all stages of feeding. As feeding therapists Jenny and Heidi advocate for helping babies achieve feeding milestones, albeit with variability and starting where each child is at. They believe that the majority of feeding interventions should address the child’s skill, their need to overcome aversion and their ability to self-feed.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/50 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2020
Eggs: 7 Easy Ways to Safely Feed Your Baby Eggs
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#49: Eggs are a versatile food that are easy to feed your baby. As a Big 8 allergenic food (the 8 foods that account for about 90% of food allergy) eggs are a food to offer your baby early and often. For both nutrition and allergenic food introduction reasons, it’s safe and ideal to offer your baby both the egg white and the egg yolk beginning at 6 months of age. In this episode we’re diving deep into many of the different ways you can prepare eggs to safely offer your baby for baby-led weaning.        If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/49 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2020
How to Flavor, Season & Spice Your Baby's Food with Kanchan Koya, PhD
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#48: Babies don’t need to eat bland food! Yes you CAN season and spice and flavor your baby’s food safely. In this episode Kanchan Koya aka @chiefspicemama and the author of the book Spice Spice Baby is joining me to show you exactly how to flavor, season and spice your baby’s food.   If you’ve been wondering about what sort of spices and seasoning babies can have and how to add those to your baby-led weaning recipes, you are going to love this episode. Kanchan is a Harvard-trained molecular biologist and in addition to all of her fabulous food flavoring tips, in this episode she’s also sharing some great info on the health benefits of different spices babies can safely eat, plus she shares a little insight about spice allergies as well.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/48 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2020
Oatmeal: How Your Baby Can Safely Self-Feed Oatmeal
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#47: Can babies eat regular oatmeal? You bet. As long as it does not have any added sugar, there are a number of ways you can safely feed baby oatmeal: quick-cooking, old-fashioned rolled oats or steel-cut. You can also feed your baby baby oatmeal if you want to...but you don’t have to.   In this episode we’re diving deep into a number of ways you can safely feed your baby oatmeal. With a discussion on the ratio of liquid:oats to use plus the iron content comparison of quick-cooking, old-fashioned rolled oats and steel-cut, you’ll have everything you need to incorporate oatmeal safely into your self-feeding baby’s diet.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/47 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2020
Parents in Eating Disorder Recovery: What to Know Before You Feed Your Baby with Grace Wong, MS, RD
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#46: Eating Disorder dietitian Grace Wong is joining me in this episode to talk about helping parents in eating disorder recovery succeed in starting solid foods using baby-led weaning. Grace has worked with both pediatric and adult eating disorder patients, as well as children with feeding disorders. She explains the difference between eating disorders and feeding disorders and shares tips on how parents in eating disorder recovery can help their baby gain trust when starting solid foods.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/46 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2020
How to Balance Your Baby’s BLW Plate
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#45: Sure babies should eat a wide variety of foods, flavors, tastes and textures - but what does that actually LOOK like on your baby’s plate?!    In this episode I’m breaking down HOW you can introduce your baby to 1 new food per day while at the same time recycling back the familiar foods from previous days. And I’m sharing how you distribute foods across your baby’s plate, keeping the portions realistic and promoting nutrient balance that will help fuel your baby’s growing body.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/45 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2020
Just Starting Baby-Led Weaning? Ask Me Anything...
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#44: Are you just starting out with baby-led weaning and FULL of questions about whether your baby can safely self-feed? Well then, this is the episode for you! I’m going rapid fire answering your questions all about getting a SAFE start to baby-led weaning.   In this Ask Me Anything episode I’m covering the topics of readiness to feed, gagging, food refusal, scheduling, weaning from the bottle, dealing with doubters and family members who say, “you were spoon fed and you turned out fine!!”. Also diving into what your baby should drink, flavoring your baby’s food without salt and sugar, daycare, constipation and CHEESE!!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/44 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2020
Sesame: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food
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#43: Sesame allergy is on the rise. And although sesame is not one of the Big 8 allergenic foods (...the 8 foods that account for about 90% of food allergy) - it is number 9. And because sesame allergy is on the rise, it’s a food that we want to introduce to baby early and often, but we need to do so safely.   In this episode I’m sharing 2 really easy ways you can introduce your baby to sesame, a potentially allergenic foods. We can’t feed baby seeds or hard crunchy sesame snacks, but tahini and black sesame seed powder are 2 products that can be slightly modified and made into a safe form for your baby to self-feed.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/43 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2020
Daycare: How To Be An Advocate for Baby-Led Weaning with Poppy Duhnke
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#42: Can you do baby-led weaning successfully if your baby goes to daycare? You betcha! And this episode has some REALLY tangible and specific recommendations if you are trying to incorporate childcare + baby-led weaning.   In this podcast interview all about BLW + daycare I’m talking with Poppy Duhnke, she’s an in-home daycare owner (and pro-BLW one at that!) ...but also the mom of 10-month old twins, and she’s doing BLW at home too, so she knows exactly what you’re going through.   Poppy is sharing some EXCELLENT tips for how to talk to your day-care about BLW, what they need and what you need to excel with BLW plus some ideas on how to broach the topic if your daycare is less-than-enthusiastic about the idea of your self-feeding baby.        If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/42 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2020
Shellfish: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food
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#41: Shellfish is one of the Big 8 allergenic foods (...the 8 foods that account for about 90% of food allergy) and even though it is one of the more common pediatric food allergies, it’s the one that I find parents are the most hesitant about introducing to their babies. That may be because we are less inclined to be making shrimp and crab and scallops at home than some of the allergenic foods, but it’s still a category of food we should introduce to baby early and often to help prevent shellfish allergy down the road.   In this episode we’re looking at a few easy ways to introduce babies to shellfish. You can do pieces of shrimp or some of the more rubbery mollusks, but I prefer to wait until baby has at least 1 tooth and has tried some trickier textured foods out before diving right into the rubbery pieces of shellfish. Making shrimp into shrimp cakes or patties is a really easy way to offer shellfish in a baby-led weaning form that is easy and safe for babies to self-feed.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/41 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2020
6 Reasons to Skip the Sippy Cup with Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP
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#40: Did you know it’s TOTALLY fine to skip the sippy cup phase? As a new mom, this was news to me. I just assumed baby went from breast or bottle to a sippy cup and then eventually to an open cup.  But my guest Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP set me straight! She’s a speech language pathologist specializing in infant feeding and pediatric swallowing and she designed my FAVORITE baby-led weaning cup, the Tiny Cup for ezpz.   Dawn’s sharing 6 reasons why you want to skip the sippy cup and I think they’re going to blow your mind. From not being necessary to actually downright dangerous and potentially interfering with baby’s ability to hit feeding and speech milestones, you’re going to be looking at the sippy cup in a whole new skeptical way my friends!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/40 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2020
Tree Nuts: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food
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#39: Can you safely feed tree nuts to your baby if intact nuts and thick globs of nut butter are a choking hazard? Yes, indeed! And tree nuts are one of the Big 8 allergenic foods and a category of foods that we want to expose baby to early and often...but we need to do so safely.   In this episode we are looking at some safe ways to offer baby tree nuts in food form, but without increasing the risk of choking. Tree nuts can be tricky, but by selecting easy-to-feed forms like almond flour baked into unsweetened baked goods or thinned out almond butter that the baby can self-feed, you can introduce our baby to tree nut protein.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/39 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2020
Healthy Baby Food in Nigeria with Latifat Okara
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#38: In Nigeria, babies are traditionally weaned using a food called pap. It’s a cornmeal mixed with water type of cereal that will certainly fill a baby up, but a dish that lacks important nutrients that babies need for adequate growth and development.   Latifat Okara is working to change this. Through her company Nomnom Babies, Latifat is helping to educate primary care providers and parents about the wider array of wholesome foods that babies CAN and SHOULD be eating when starting solid foods.    In this interview Latifat shared some INCREDIBLE stories about how her own daughter was failing to meet her growth milestones because of limited variety and reliance on high carbohydrate staple foods that were failing to provide her with adequate nutrition..and how that experience led her to start incorporating other traditional foods into the weaning process like crayfish and brown beans and egg yolk and plantain…   And I think you are really going to enjoy Latifat’s message - which is essentially that babies CAN eat so many more foods than we often give them credit for. In Nigeria 1 in 5 children is malnourished, and as Latifat will share in this episode - through the processes of unlearning and relearning she is working to redirect how drivers like racial discrimination, cultural beliefs, poverty and maternal education determine food choices and preferences for families in underserved parts of Nigeria.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/38 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2020
Soy: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food
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#37: Soy is one of the Big 8 allergenic foods. But compared to the other 7 on the list, soy is the least likely to cause an allergic reaction in your baby. It doesn’t mean we can’t introduce soy, and there’s no evidence that waiting to introduce soy will prevent allergy. As such: put soy on the list of allergenic foods to expose your baby to early and often!   In this episode we’re taking a look at soy and how to introduce your baby to this potentially allergenic food. You’ll learn the easiest way to introduce your baby to soy and why it’s not true that soy foods are harmful for babies and children. In fact, soy foods are an important piece of the plant protein and iron foods puzzle that babies CAN safely eat.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/37 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2020
Preventing Picky Eating from Baby's First Bites with Dr. Katja Rowell, MD
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#36: Can babies be picky eaters? In this episode family doctor turned child feeding specialist Katja Rowell, MD walks us through some important considerations for preventing picky eating using baby-led weaning.    Did you know that babies who are exposed to the greatest numbers of foods, flavors, tastes and textures early and often are more likely to be independent eaters and less likely to be picky eaters? Dr. Rowell’s advice from this episode will help you reduce anxiety and fear at mealtimes - plus she provides tips on differentiating between typical and extreme picky eating, and what to do and where to go if you do think your baby’s feeding behavior is not typical.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/36  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2020
Snacks: Why Early Eaters Don’t Need Snacks
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#35: Babies don’t need snacks. This is a hard pill to swallow for some parents, but especially your early eaters - they just don’t need snacks. In this episode I’m sharing why your baby doesn’t need snacks and how you help them meet their nutrient needs from the meals they are learning to eat and the breastmilk and/or formula they are continuing to drink.   If you have older kids, then you’re well aware how snacks can sabotage even the most well-laid meal plan. Same goes for babies. I share some instances when snacks may be needed...but if you’re setting the stage for introducing your baby to new foods at mealtimes, make in between meal snacks the exception, not the rule!       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/35 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2020
Dairy Ladder for Milk Reintroduction with Meg Mason
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#34: If you had to cut dairy and/or soy foods out of your diet when breastfeeding for your baby, did you know you may very well be able to slowly add them back? For intolerances or non-severe allergies, a milk ladder may be appropriate for the reintroduction of dairy foods for babies and their breastfeeding mothers.   In this episode Katie talks to Meg Mason, mom of Camila who has numerous food allergies and a cow’s milk protein intolerance. Meg recently completed a milk ladder to reintroduce her daughter to milk protein as part of baby-led weaning. She shares the ups and downs of this approach plus new milk ladder appropriate recipes she created without added sugar that are appropriate for baby-led weaning.   Please note the information in this podcast episode is not intended to replace that of your primary care practitioner. The milk ladder should only be followed by infants and children who have a mild to moderate cow’s milk allergy known as non-IgE mediated milk allergy (or a cow’s milk protein intolerance). It is not appropriate for infants or children with a milk allergy that results in severe or immediate type allergic responses known as IgE mediated milk allergies.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/34 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2020
Salt: 3 Easy Ways to Minimize Sodium for Your Baby
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#33: How much salt can babies have? This is a tough one because we know minimizing sodium is ideal for baby-led weaning but what exactly does that mean?   In this episode we’re looking at sodium when feeding babies. Why should babies avoid added salt? What foods do babies sometimes eat that have too much sodium? And I’m sharing 3 easy ways for you to minimize sodium for your baby.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/33 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2020
BONUS 3: Celebrating Dads Who Do Baby-Led Weaning
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BONUS: This one is for all of the dads who do baby-led weaning. Just in time for Father’s Day, I wanted to spotlight dad’s role in helping to raise an independent eater.   For this special bonus episode I am joined by a number of BLW dads who are sharing what they have learned about baby-led weaning and why they love this approach to helping their baby start solid foods.   Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/bonus/dad Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2020
Post-Partum Depression: How a BLW Plan Helped This Mom
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#32: Postpartum depression affects many women, and estimates range from 1 in 10 to 1 in 5 women experience symptoms of postpartum depression. In this episode, first time mom Carissa Rose shares her story about postpartum depression following the birth of her son Ollie.   Carissa talks about how she struggled to conceive and suffered through a number of miscarriages before conceiving Ollie. Whereas she thought it would be smooth sailing once her son arrived, she recognized signs of serious depression 2 weeks after his birth.    In this episode Carissa opens up about her support system as well as how she dealt with and is dealing with postpartum depression. She shares with us how having a feeding plan for baby-led weaning helped her feel successful in an aspect of motherhood that she was previously apprehensive about: starting solid foods.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/32  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2020
Fish: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food
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#31: How can I safely feed my baby fish? Fish is one of the Big 8 allergenic foods (...the 8 foods that account for 90% of food allergy) and there’s no evidence that waiting to feed fish helps prevent allergy. So it is a food you can feed to your baby early and often, but with some precautions.   In this episode we talk about types of fish babies can safely eat, both canned and fresh and how to choose a fish to feed your baby. You’ll learn about environmental, nutrition and mercury considerations when selecting fish to feed your baby, plus some ideas on which fish foods to avoid for baby-led weaning and why.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/31 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2020
Breastfeeding + BLW: How to Succeed at Both Simultaneously with Heather Dvorak
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#30: Can you continue breastfeeding when you start baby-led weaning? Absolutely! And in this special episode Heather Dvorak, IBCLC joins Katie to talk about how to succeed at both breastfeeding and baby-led weaning simultaneously.   Heather Dvorak is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who helps parents succeed at breastfeeding in her private practice. But Heather is also a mom of 4 and has done baby-led weaning with all of her children. Heather and her 4 children also all have a myriad of food allergies, so her baby-led weaning journey has not always been an easy one!   In this episode Heather talks about strategies for continuing to breastfeed when your baby starts solid foods. She discusses transitioning to greater intake from food as breastfeeding sessions decrease in number and frequency. We talk about individualizing your breastfeeding + BLW goals and she shares tips for breastfeeding and chestfeeding parents who want to continue past baby’s first birthday.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/30 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2020
Wheat: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food
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#29: How do you feed your baby wheat? Wheat is one of the Big 8 allergenic foods...the 8 foods that account for about 90% of food allergy. And it’s one of the easier foods to introduce early and often for your baby. In this episode you will learn some easy ways to introduce your baby to wheat foods for baby-led weaning. And we’ll also cover why some people say babies should not have or can’t digest wheat foods and why that is not true (...unless your baby has a true wheat allergy!)       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/29 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2020
Constipation from New Foods: What to do for Your Baby
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#28: What do you do if your baby is constipated? Is constipation in babies normal when you start solid foods or am I doing something wrong?    It can be a little frightening when solid foods start disrupting your baby’s bowel movement routine. But constipation is a routine side effect of starting solid foods. In this episode we’re getting down and dirty about the difference between routine infant constipation and problematic constipation.   You will learn what changes to expect in your baby’s stools when you start solids as well as some slight tweaks you can make in the diet to help your baby’s constipation.        If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/28 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2020
Honey: Why Honey is Dangerous for Babies
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#27: You probably know this, but babies should not have honey. Honey has the potential to cause infant botulism if fed to babies under 12 months of age. In this episode we are diving into why honey is a dangerous food to feed babies, what infant botulism is, how prevalent infant botulism is and how we can avoid honey.   Maybe you are wondering if babies can have baked goods with honey? We’ll talk through how to safely substitute honey when baking and look a little more at other types of added sugars and sweeteners that sometimes sneak into babies’ diets too.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/27 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2020
10 Best BLW Kitchen Tools
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#26: What kitchen tools do you need when starting baby-led weaning? Do you have to buy a lot of gear to get a safe start to solid foods? Absolutely not! But a few tools will help make your baby-food kitchen experience easier.   In this episode I’m sharing my list of the 10 Best BLW Kitchen Tools. These are items - some as cheap as a few dollars - that can help make foods safer for your baby to eat, and also save you some serious time and agony in the kitchen.   There are a lot of ridiculous baby-feeding and food prep items you do NOT need to waste your time or money on. And in this episode, I’m also sharing 4 of those gimmicky items you can bypass when doing baby-led weaning.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/26  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2020
BONUS: Purees + BLW: How This SLP Feeding Expert Makes it Work with Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP
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BONUS: Purees are an important texture for your baby to master...but they’re not the ONLY texture your baby can eat. In this bonus episode feeding expert Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP explains how you can honor the principles of baby-led weaning and promote independent eating while also incorporating purees for your baby.   Dawn specializes in pediatric swallowing and is the feeding expert and a product designer for ezpz. She encourages self-feeding by spoon using a pre-loaded spoon technique and she explains how to do so safely in this episode.   You can incorporate purees for your baby along with other traditional baby-led weaning soft solid foods. Dawn also provides tips on switching from purees and talks about important feeding milestones you can help your baby achieve with baby-led weaning.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/episodes/purees Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2020
Schedule for First 5 Days of Baby-Led Weaning
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#25: How do I start baby-led weaning? What are the best first foods to feed my baby for baby-led weaning?    Starting solid foods can be stressful. But don’t worry: I’ve got you covered and in this episode I am sharing the step-by-step blueprint for what to feed your baby for the first 5 days of baby-led weaning.   I am walking you through the 5 best foods to start baby-led weaning with and tips on how to SAFELY prepare these foods. Trust me: by the end of this episode and after your baby has tried these 5 foods, you will be so confident in your baby’s ability to self-feed!     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/25 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2020
Water: When to Offer Your Baby Water and How Much
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#24: How much water should my baby drink? Do babies even need water? And if they do need water, when and how is the best way to give babies water?   In this episode we’re diving deep into your baby’s fluid needs. Breastmilk and/or formula meets the majority of baby’s water needs, plus the foods your baby is learning to eat contribute fluid too.   Adding extra water to your baby’s diet can be a problem. In this episode I map out the two primary problems with adding additional water too early…but also show you when you do add water, an easy way to make sure you’re offering your baby enough but not too much water.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/24 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2020
Will Offering Fruit Before Vegetables Make Your Baby Crave Sweet Foods?
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#23: Ever wonder if feeding your baby fruit is going to give your baby a sweet tooth? Does offering fruit before vegetables cause babies to crave sweet foods?   Fruit is an important food group for your baby to tackle...but too much of a good thing is not a good thing! In this episode we explore why fruit is your friend (...albeit in moderation), why your baby does not need juice and tips on how to serve baby-led weaning fruits safely to your baby.    I also share why the “banana lipstick” (...offering your baby half of a banana with skin still on the lower quarter of it) is NOT my favorite baby-led weaning trend with tips on a safer (cleaner) way to offer your baby this easy to feed fruit.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/23  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2020
Grandparents, Spouses & Partners: Getting Others on Board with BLW
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#22: Are you the only one who believes in baby-led weaning? What if someone else feeds your baby and doesn’t want to do BLW? In this episode I share 2 mom’s stories of how they are dealing with getting grandmothers on board with BLW.   There’s no script to follow to get your tribe on board with BLW. Every situation is different...yet, you can use these real-life moms’ stories and examples and tailor them to your own situation with your own mother, mother-in-law, spouse or partner. I’ll teach why there is no perfect response that fits each family, but for sure a few mindset tweaks can help keep everyone focused on the goal at hand: raising an independent eater!   In this episode you will learn how to deal with other caregivers who are worried about the BLW mess, how to explain what your feeding goals and philosophy are as well as some techniques for talking to other people about your decision to do baby-led weaning.     If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/22 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2020
BONUS: Is it Safe to Introduce Allergenic Foods During COVID-19? With Dr. Ron Sunog, MD
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BONUS: Wondering if you need to hold off on introducing allergenic foods to your baby because of COVID-19 or coronavirus? Pediatrician and food allergy expert Dr. Ron Sunog joins me to discuss starting allergenic foods with your baby during COVID-19.   In this episode Dr. Sunog walks us through what puts a baby at high or elevated risk for food allergies. Babies who are not at elevated risk will benefit from earlier introduction of potentially allergenic foods, even during COVID-19.   Dr. Sunog explains how you can determine if your baby is at high risk for food allergies, and how you can safely proceed introducing these foods even during the coronavirus quarantine.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/bonus/covid Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2020
3 Easy Ways to Increase Iron Absorption in Your Baby
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#21: Iron is helpful for your baby’s growing body. Knowing how much iron your baby needs and what foods have iron are important; but there are a few simple tweaks you can make that will help your baby absorb more of the iron your baby is eating.   In this episode you will learn why babies need iron, how much iron babies need and good sources of iron from both animal and plant foods. I also share 3 easy ways to increase your baby’s iron absorption and ideas about testing iron levels so you know if your baby is getting and absorbing enough iron.       If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/21 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2020
Vomit: What if My Baby Vomits when Eating?
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#20: What if my baby vomits when doing baby-led weaning? Is vomiting normal when you start solid foods? It can be scary when your baby vomits, but it is not always a sign of a huge problem. In this episode I cover what you can expect as far as vomiting when your baby starts eating.   As your baby is learning to eat, gagging is more frequent and sometimes more involved. Some babies will vomit from gagging, and a little bit of vomit is to be expected. I also cover when you should be concerned about vomiting if it is too frequent or vomit is happening every time you feed your baby.   An entire episode devoted to vomiting sounds gross...and it is :) ...but more often than not a little vomit does not bother your baby. In this episode I also cover how to schedule milk and solid food feeds and how far apart they should be to help minimize risk of vomit when your baby is trying new foods.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/20 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Meat: How to Prepare Meat Safely for Baby-Led Weaning
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#19: How do I feed my baby meat for baby-led weaning? Many parents and caregivers struggle with serving meat and doing so safely...but it can be done! And in this episode I am giving you lots of tips and tricks to make meat a regular part of your baby’s diet.   You probably know meat contains iron and other important nutrients, but how to make meat SAFE for babies to eat is a struggle for many of us! I introduce you to a number of meats your baby can eat with baby-led weaning as well as tips on how to cook and prepare and serve that meat safely so it is not a choking hazard.   You will learn how to use ground meat as a “gateway meat” if making meat freaks you out...and then once your baby is comfortable with some starter meat ideas, I help you strategize to advance to different meats and new textures with your baby. Plant protein and plant based iron will be covered in other episodes, but this is an episode for the meat-eating families!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/19  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Daycare: How Can I Get Caregivers on Board with Baby-Led Weaning
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#18: How do I do baby-led weaning if my baby goes to daycare? Or what if grandma helps watch the baby but does not understand how to do baby-led weaning? In this episode I explain some effective strategies for helping to bring your caregivers on board with baby-led weaning.   Once you get confident with helping your baby self-feed, it is easy to teach others how to do the same...and how to do so SAFELY! From organizing a team meeting, to demonstrating how you want your baby to be allowed to self-feed, you CAN bring others around to baby-led weaning in a respectful and effective manner.   If you are a working parent or you rely on someone else at times to help you feed your baby, you will learn some sample language for talking positively to others about baby-led weaning...as well as tips for addressing and overcoming objections they may have about baby-led weaning.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/18 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Feeding Schedules: How Often Should I Feed My Baby?
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#17: How often should I feed my baby? How much should my baby eat? How do I schedule bottles or breastfeeding when my baby starts solid food? There are a LOT of questions about schedules when it comes to starting solid foods, and I’m answering ALL of them in this episode!   I live and die by a schedule, but transitioning to solid foods will be a temporary disruption to your existing schedule. Don’t worry: in this episode I show you how often a baby should eat solid foods at different ages and stages. I explain how to increase solid food feedings as your baby starts to eat more and then how to start dropping a milk feed (breastmilk or formula) when the time is right.   If you are worried your baby is not eating enough, I cover the amount of food you can expect your baby to eat. I also explain why I don’t provide recommended portion sizes of different foods and food groups for babies doing baby-led weaning.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/17 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
10 Easy Starter Foods for Baby-Led Weaning
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#16: What are the best starter foods for baby-led weaning? Babies can eat some - but not all - foods early on. In this episode I walk you through 10 simple starter foods for baby-led weaning.   These are foods your baby can safely self-feed and they include a variety of textures, tastes, food groups and even meat and 2 allergenic foods. This is not an exhaustive list, but you can do these 10 foods during the first 2 weeks of baby led weaning.   Research shows that babies who are exposed to the greatest variety of foods, flavors, tastes and textures - early and often - those are the babies who are MORE likely to become independent eaters and LESS likely to be picky eaters. You can download a list of the 10 foods from this episode with additional notes on how to safely feed these foods to your baby from the show notes for this episode.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/16 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Egg: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food
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#15: Babies love eggs! This is one of the easiest potentially allergenic foods to introduce to babies and one you can easily do in the first few weeks of starting solid foods with baby-led weaning.   Recommendations and guidance about when to feed babies egg yolk and egg white have changed drastically over the last few decades. I explain why we now introduce egg white and yolk to babies early and often to help prevent egg allergy later in life.    How do you feed eggs to babies? I share a number of ways babies can safely eat eggs...but I also cover why you don’t want to get into the habit of feeding your baby eggs every day too!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/15 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Peanut: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food
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#14: Feeding peanut protein to your baby early and often can help prevent peanut allergy. But it can be hard to figure out a safe way to feed peanuts to your baby. Intact peanuts and globs of peanut butter are choking hazards for babies.   In this episode I cover why we now introduce peanuts early and often and how much guidance and recommendations about peanuts for babies has changed in the last decade. I walk you through how peanut protein introduction differs for high risk babies vs. babies at lower risk for developing peanut allergies.   You will learn 3 simple strategies for safely introducing peanuts to your baby so you can feed your baby peanut early and often (but do so safely!) to help prevent peanut allergy.    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/14 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Milk Protein: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food
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#13: Milk, egg and peanut are the most common allergies among children. Introducing potentially allergenic foods early and often to babies helps prevent food allergy down the road. If you’re nervous about introducing allergenic foods, start with milk: it’s the easiest to do by far.   In this episode I cover 2 types of cow’s milk protein allergy and how they differ from cow’s milk protein intolerance. If you had to remove dairy from your diet when breastfeeding, in most cases your baby will be able to tolerate dairy and milk foods...and you can bring the dairy foods back to your diet too when your baby starts solids if you’re still breastfeeding.   We don’t replace breastmilk and/or formula with fluid cow’s milk until after age 1. But your baby can safely eat milk foods, milk as an ingredient and yogurt and certain cheese starting at 6 months. In this episode I explain the easiest and safest way to introduce cow’s milk protein to your baby with baby-led weaning starting at 6 months.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/13  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Why You Don’t Need to Wait 3-5 Days Between Trying New Foods
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#12: Your baby can safely try 1 new food per day. You may have heard the advice to wait 3-5 days between trying new foods, but that is a recommendation for potentially allergenic foods. Yes, we do build in observation time after trying a new allergenic food a few times; but you do not have to wait 3-5 days between introducing all of the other low risk foods that are unlikely to cause a reaction.   In this episode I’ll explain how you can safely introduce 5 new foods per week using my 5-step feeding framework. Four of the 5 foods are low-risk foods and you can do 1 new food per day. On the fifth day you offer a potentially allergenic food and do that food a few times over the next few days, observing for any reaction.   Research shows us that babies who are exposed to the greatest variety of foods, flavors, tastes and textures early and often are MORE likely to become independent eaters and are LESS likely to be picky eaters. You can fast-track your baby to success with baby-led weaning using this 5-step feeding framework.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/12 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
How to Introduce Allergenic Foods to Your Baby
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#11: How do you introduce allergenic foods to your baby? And what if your baby has a reaction to food? Giving potentially allergenic foods to babies may sound scary, but it’s actually easy to do and may help prevent food allergy down the road.   In this episode we will look at current research and guidance for the early introduction of potentially allergenic foods and why serving baby cow’s milk, peanut and egg make the most sense to start with. I also explain what to look out for if your baby is having an allergic reaction and what to do if your baby has a reaction to food.    I’ll introduce you to the Big 8 allergenic foods (...the 8 foods that account for 90% of food allergy) and I explain a recommended sequence for introducing new foods to your baby that will allow you to introduce all 8 of these foods SAFELY within the first 2 months of starting solid foods with baby led weaning.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/11 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
5 Feeding Mistakes Most Parents Make...and How You Can Avoid Them
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#10: We all make mistakes when we are learning something new! In this episode I’m covering 5 feeding mistakes most parents make and how you can avoid them. I’ve made many of these baby feeding mistakes myself; but, luckily there are a few simple strategies you can put into practice when feeding your baby to make sure you are getting a safe start to solid foods with baby-led weaning.   In this episode I cover how to identify and respond to your baby’s hunger and fullness cues so you can know if your baby wants more food or is done with the meal. We will look at how much food should a baby eat and what proper portion sizes look like. Also covering types of foods should we be serving to the baby and how to avoid negative sensory experiences during feeding.   And if you have an older baby who is starting to play with his food or drop it on the floor or throw food, I’ll share an easy strategy for getting your baby to be more interested and engaged at mealtimes, and actually eat all of that delicious food you are taking the time to prepare!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/10  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Can I Start Solid Foods Before My Baby is 6 Months?
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#9: What if my baby is showing the signs of readiness to feed by is not 6 months old yet? Can I start solid foods before my baby is 6 months old? In this episode I explain why starting solid foods prior to 6 months is not only unnecessary from a nutrition standpoint, but can also be dangerous.   Breastmilk and/or formula will meet your baby’s needs up until about 6 months of age. When your baby is then showing the other signs of readiness to feed, it’s time to start offering complementary or weaning foods.    In this episode I explain why the 6-month mark really matters when it comes to nutrition and safety. If you are getting pressure to start solid foods early, I explain why big babies don’t need to start food early, why small babies don’t need to start food early and how starting solid foods early will not help your baby sleep through the night!   There are a few rare instances when it is advised for babies to start solid foods prior to 6 months of age and that is for medical reasons. This episode covers iron and how iron needs change as your baby approaches the time to start solid foods.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/9  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
15 Foods Never to Feed Your Baby
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#8: What foods should babies not eat? What foods are choking hazards for babies? Babies can eat most - but not all - of the same foods the rest of the family eats. There are some foods that are not safe for babies or baby-led weaning.   In this episode I tell you about 15 foods to never feed your baby. Most of the foods babies should not eat are to help lower choking risk or because those are choking hazard foods.   There are additional foods on the list babies should not eat because of nutrition. Steer clear of the 15 foods covered in this episode, so you can focus on all of the other foods your baby can safely eat with baby-led weaning!    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/8 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Why Your Baby’s High Chair Needs a Footrest
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#7: This is a hard one for parents to hear: but your baby’s feet should be resting flat on a footrest in the high chair. A footrest helps stabilize your baby’s core, which in turn facilitates a safe swallow.    Dangling feet are a no-go zone; but all is not lost if your high chair does not have a footrest! What do you do if your high chair does not have a footrest? I’ll show you some DIY high chair hacks to help improve your high chair’s safety if it does not have an adjustable footrest and give my recommendations for the best high chairs for baby-led weaning.    If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/7 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
What Shape & Size Should My Baby’s Food Be at First?
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#6: What size should I cut my baby’s food? What shape foods should I offer for baby-led weaning? It can be confusing, but smaller foods are not ideal when your baby is just learning to eat. Your baby can’t pick up and self-feed very small pieces early on, and cutting foods so small can increase choking risk early on in feeding.   In this episode I explain what shape and size to cut baby foods when you are starting baby-led weaning. I share some simple starter foods that are safe for babies to eat, along with information about other foods not to feed early on. For older babies you can progress to different shape and size foods and I’ll show you how you know if your baby is ready to move on to these more challenging foods.   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://blwpodcast.com/6  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
How to Do “Purees for a Few Days” When Starting Solid Foods
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#5: Can you combine purees with baby-led weaning? Yes, indeed - but the important thing is to let your baby self-feed even from her first bites. If jumping right in to offering solid foods to your baby sounds scary, you are going to like my “Purees for a Few Days” approach to baby-led weaning.    In this episode I will teach you how to transition your baby from a liquid only diet to one that includes a variety of pureed foods as well as other soft, solid textured food. I’ll explain how you can honor the principles and self-feeding philosophy of baby-led weaning by offering your baby a pre-loaded spoon and teaching your baby how to self-feed by spoon.    Purees are an important texture for your baby to master...they’re just not the ONLY texture babies can eat. Listen to learn how to try new textures quickly and safely during the first few days of baby-led weaning. And if you’re trying to help an older baby switch from purees, the tips in this episode will help you too. It is not too late to start baby-led weaning!   If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the podcast here.   FREE BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS ONLINE WORKSHOP: https://babyledweaning.co/workshop   FOLLOW @BABYLEDWEANTEAM ON INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/babyledweanteam/   SHOWNOTES FOR THIS EPISODE: https://www.blwpodcast.com/5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Gagging vs. Choking: What is the Difference?
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#4: What is the difference between gagging and choking? Many parents are fearful to start solid foods because they are fearful of their baby gagging on food. But gagging is actually a good thing: it’s a natural and necessary part of the learning how-to-eat process.   In this episode you’ll learn why babies gag when they eat and what to do (...and more importantly, what NOT to do) when your baby gags. I also explain how gagging and choking are different, what causes babies to choke and what we can do to lower choking risk and prevent choking when feeding the baby.   If you are scared of gagging and not sure you can let your baby start solid-foods because of gagging, I share a simple 5-word mantra you can repeat to yourself that will help you stay calm as you allow your baby to recover from a gag without intervening.   If y