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Baby led weaning or purees? What foods do I feed my baby? How do I get my toddler to eat veggies? How do I respond when my toddler asks for snacks all day?! Hey there, I’m Edwena Kennedy, registered pediatric dietitian and mom of two, and this is the My Little Eater podcast! Each week, I’ll be dishing out all the best info on feeding and nutrition for your baby and toddler, answering all of your what-do-I-do-when scenarios, and helping you gain complete confidence in, not only feeding your child, but in parenting as well. Every episode is filled with actionable and proven feeding strategies, delivered by a mama and feeding expert, who’s been there and done that. I hold your hand and take you step by step through all stages of feeding, while showing you how to implement what I teach you, so you can raise a happy and healthy little eater of your own!

The My Little Eater Podcast Edwena Kennedy

    • Parenting
    • 5.0, 32 Ratings

Baby led weaning or purees? What foods do I feed my baby? How do I get my toddler to eat veggies? How do I respond when my toddler asks for snacks all day?! Hey there, I’m Edwena Kennedy, registered pediatric dietitian and mom of two, and this is the My Little Eater podcast! Each week, I’ll be dishing out all the best info on feeding and nutrition for your baby and toddler, answering all of your what-do-I-do-when scenarios, and helping you gain complete confidence in, not only feeding your child, but in parenting as well. Every episode is filled with actionable and proven feeding strategies, delivered by a mama and feeding expert, who’s been there and done that. I hold your hand and take you step by step through all stages of feeding, while showing you how to implement what I teach you, so you can raise a happy and healthy little eater of your own!

    #11: My Top 8 Foods for Starting Solids

    #11: My Top 8 Foods for Starting Solids

    In this episode, I am giving you a list of the top 8 foods that I recommend to any parent who is beginning the journey into solid foods with their baby. Because you know I love to give you all the details, I’ll be sharing my tips on how to ensure these starter foods are nutrient dense, served safely, and I even offer ideas on how to serve them both as purees and finger foods. I keep it real on this podcast, so I’ve got a truth-bomb or two for you along the way. I’ll also be sharing my expert knowledge on how to ensure your baby is getting enough iron, and what to do about those, somewhat intimidating, top allergen foods.



    Whether you are a new mama (or papa!) waiting to begin their feeding journey with their little one, you’ve just started the process, or are a few days/weeks/months in and need some ideas - this podcast has info to benefit all of you! You can also check out my blog post on this topic to take a look at some visuals of the foods I suggest. (https://mylittleeater.com/my-top-6-starter-finger-foods-for-baby-led-weaning/)



    As always, if you get value from this podcast, please rate and review it at Apple Podcasts. I’m also asking that you help our followers by providing some feedback - I’d love to see what foods you served to your baby first! So, include it in the review - I promise I read each and every one of them. I am so thankful to have you here listening!



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:



    Your next step in this journey is to grab my Baby Led Feeding online course. I will walk you through how to safely serve all foods to your baby, provide you with recipes to try, and ease any fears you may have regarding gagging or choking, plus so much more! Be prepared to feel completely confident, and excited, for this journey with your little one - enroll here! (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/babyledfeeding)



    If after listening, you are still concerned about getting your baby enough iron, you can always look through my blog post on that topic. I cover all of those details in my online course too. ;) (https://mylittleeater.com/3363/)



    Now, you may be a bit wary when I mention serving meat to your 6 month old. This is a popular concern among my clients, so if this is you, please know that I cover how to do this safely in my online course, but I talk you through some of the basics in this blog post as well. (https://mylittleeater.com/how-to-serve-meat-to-babies-toddlers/)



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    Welcome Back! (0:47)

    TRUTH-BOMB (1:40)

    The importance of iron and serving top allergens (7:17)

    Food #1 (10:05)

    Food #2 (12:22)

    Food #3 (13:17)

    Food #4 (14:53)

    Food #5 (16:37)

    Food #6 (17:43)

    Food #7 (19:26)

    Food #8 (20:59)

    • 22 min
    Bonus: The “Three E’s” of Food Play with Melanie Potock

    Bonus: The “Three E’s” of Food Play with Melanie Potock

    In this special bonus episode of The My Little Eater Podcast, I am interviewing fellow feeding expert, Melanie Potock. She is a Speech Language Pathologist, author of the amazing book “Adventures in Veggieland” - you guys this is fantastic, I cannot speak to this book enough, go check it out - and she is here today to chat with us about using food play as a stepping stone to teaching your child to tolerate, like, or even eventually, LOVE foods! We talk about the “Three E’s” of food play (expose, explore, and expand), how long these methods take to work, how to tell when pushing your child’s comfort zones becomes pressuring them to eat, and SO MUCH MORE!



    If you have been hesitant to take me up on my suggestions to incorporate food play and exploration into your daily routines, as an effort to decrease or prevent picky eating behaviour, listen in to this! This method is widely used by other professionals as well (it really does work!) and Melanie has even more tips to share with you.



    As always, if you get value from this episode, please subscribe so you do not miss out, rate and review the podcast on Apple Podcasts, and share with me when you’re listening! Screenshot where you are in the episode, and tag me, @mylittleeater, on Instagram. I’d also LOVE to be tagged in photos or videos of your littles playing with their food - let’s see your toddler’s imagination at work! (https://www.instagram.com/mylittleeater/)



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:



    If you would like to take a look at all of the other wisdom that Melanie has to share, head over to www.melaniepotock.com to find links to all of her work, you’ll also find her social media links and how to contact her there. Another way to get some great tips on this topic is to join her Facebook group, you can find that community here. :) (https://www.facebook.com/groups/334500850389835/ )



    Now, I love her book, “Adventures in Veggieland”, so much that I have it included in my Amazon Shop - head there to grab your copy and start incorporating play into your mealtimes right away! You’ll find her wonderful children’s book, “You are Not an Otter”, there as well. (https://www.amazon.com/shop/mylittleeater)



    Do you want more tips on how to use food play to your advantage, how to respond to picky eating, or how to prevent picky eating before it becomes an issue? My Feeding Toddlers online course is just what you need! I provide so many tips, and lots of bonus content, so you will feel confident that you know just what to do when your toddler exhibits signs of picky eating. (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/feedingtoddlers)



    MELANIE'S BIO:



    Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, treats children, birth to teens, who have difficulty eating. Melanie’s advice has been shared in a variety of television and print media, including The New York Times, CNN.com, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Parents Magazine and The ASHA Leader. She is the co-author of the award-winning Raising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating (2015) and Baby Self-Feeding: Solutions for Introducing Purees and Solids to Create Lifelong Healthy Eating Habits (2016). The strategies in her parent & child cookbook, Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes (2018) are based on research and Melanie’s 20 years of success as a pediatric feeding therapist. Her children’s book, You are Not an Otter: The Story of How Kids Become Adventurous Eaters is available in two languages on Amazon. Melanie’s live and online courses for parents and professionals can be found at www.MelaniePotock.com, along with her contact information.



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    Welcome Melanie! (2:18)

    How does food play help? (5:34)

    Adventures in Veggieland (9:07)

    • 33 min
    #10: Simple Tips to Eliminate Food Throwing – For Good!

    #10: Simple Tips to Eliminate Food Throwing – For Good!

    In this episode, I’m tackling one of the biggest pet peeves of moms everywhere, and a typical toddler mealtime behaviour - food throwing. I don’t know what could be more frustrating than cooking a nice meal just to have your baby or toddler toss their entire serving on the floor. The family dog might love it ( I’ll come back to them later ;) ), but I sure don’t!



    Don’t worry, I’m here with ALL of the tips. I’m talking NINE tips to help solve this particular mealtime struggle that I know a lot of you face. So, sweep up the mess they left from the last meal you served, get cozy, and listen in! You can start implementing my tips at the next meal, and with consistency, this problem is usually solved much faster than you may think.



    Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review my podcast at Apple Podcasts! If you are loving it, chances are your friends will too! So please, please share it with them - let’s help more parents together!



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:



    If you loved this content, and are excited to learn more about what to do for other typical mealtime behaviours, enroll in my Feeding Toddlers course today! I go over all of the normal struggles associated with toddlerhood (when it comes to food anyways), provide you with a step-by-step guide on what to do, and also pack the course full of bonus content so you can take charge of mealtimes and feel confident moving forward. (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/feedingtoddlers)



    Thinking of adopting the “no thank you bowl” tip? Check out my Amazon shop for ideas on bowls with suction to help prevent your little eater from just tossing that too! The Munchkin bowls I mentioned are perfect for this, find them here! (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015YY9JGM/?ref=exp_mylittleeater_dp_vv_d)



    I also spoke to how baby sign language could help to ease some frustrations and provide clarity when communicating with your baby, or toddler who may not have many words yet. If you would like to learn more about this, head back to Episode #8 for some great tips from my guest, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, Carly Tulloch of Wee Talkers! (https://mylittleeater.com/8-baby-sign-language/)



    Finally, my tips from today can also be found in a previous blog post. Check those out here if you prefer to have a visual copy on hand :) (https://mylittleeater.com/foodthrowing/)



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    Hey there! (0:46)

    Why do babies/toddlers throw food? (3:12)

    Tip #1 (5:58)

    Tip #2 (6:53)

    Tip #3 (7:50)

    Tip #4 (8:47)

    Tip #5 (10:00)

    Tip #6 (12:04)

    Tip #7 (13:55)

    Tip #8 (15:30)

    Tip #9 (18:57)

    • 23 min
    #9: The ONE Feeding Strategy that will Change Mealtimes Forever

    #9: The ONE Feeding Strategy that will Change Mealtimes Forever

    In this episode, I am diving head-first into one of the most important podcast topics that I will ever cover! That’s right, this one is a game changer. So, find yourself some space, put in those headphones, and really listen in - you can thank me later!



    I am talking all about the Division of Responsibility and how this forms the foundation to all things related to feeding our kids. This principle will help prevent and manage picky eating habits - it’s that good! I am talking about what it is, why it matters, and how to accomplish it. If you find yourself stressed out by mealtimes, entering battle after battle with your child at the table, constantly providing meals catered to your child’s unique specifications, or serving snacks all day, everyday - this one's for you!



    If you get value from this podcast, please share it with your friends and family, don’t forget to subscribe, and I would love it if you reviewed it on Apple Podcasts! When you decide to implement some of my tips, snap a photo of your successes (because you WILL have them) and tag me, @mylittleeater, on Instagram! (https://www.instagram.com/mylittleeater)



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:



    If you love this theory, but are looking for more help with how to implement it with your own children, check out my Feeding Toddlers online course. It is based on this principle, and will give you all of the tools necessary to succeed and approach mealtimes with confidence and fun! (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/feedingtoddlers)



    One more place to share your successes (yes, I am that confident!) and to ask for some tips, if you need them, is… the My Little Eater Facebook group! Come join a fantastic community of parents who are always there to support, provide encouragement, and share their experiences. We would love to have you! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/mylittleeater)



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    Hey moms and dads! (0:47)

    This episode is for you if… (2:25)

    The Division of Responsibility (3:41)

    The trust cycle (11:18)

    Role reversals (13:48)

    What to expect (19:53)

    • 23 min
    #8: How Baby Sign Language Can Help at Mealtimes with Wee Talkers

    #8: How Baby Sign Language Can Help at Mealtimes with Wee Talkers

    In this episode, I am speaking with Carly Tulloch of Wee Talkers! For those of you who are not familiar with her (go follow her now, she’s amazing!), she is a pediatric speech-language pathologist. Today, we talk about baby sign-language - yes this is a thing! You’ll learn what it is, how it can help out at mealtimes, when you can start using it, what words to use, and so much more! If you have ever thought to yourself: “Is my baby done eating, do they want more, what on earth are they trying to say??” Listen in to this episode to see how baby sign language can help you communicate with your child before they may be ready to talk out loud.



    If you get value from this episode and are pumped to teach your baby some new words, make sure you subscribe to my podcast to see what else I can share with you! And, don’t forget to rate and review it on Apple Podcasts!



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:



    Think you may need some help with your child’s speech development and want to get more info from Carly? Check out her courses and follow her on Instagram (@weetalkers) - she has terrific ideas! You can find her courses here: https://www.weetalkers.com/courses.



    She also has some amazing resources available for parents, including: a guide to communication milestones for babies and children 1-5 years old, and book recommendations for babies and toddlers. Check it all out here: https://www.weetalkers.com/resources.



    CARLY'S BIO:



    Carly is a pediatric speech-language pathologist, founder of Wee Talkers, and the mother of two little girls. Carly specializes in providing speech and language assessment and treatment for children of all abilities, ages birth-five. Through online courses, Instagram and speaking at events in her community, Carly teaches parents effective strategies they can use at home to help support their child's language development, play, and early literacy skills. Her approach always prioritizes having fun while learning!



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    Welcome Carly! (0:47)

    Carly’s journey to Speech Language Pathology (2:25)

    What is baby sign language? (5:08)

    How does it help? (6:57)

    When can you teach it? (7:58)

    How do you teach it, and what words are recommended? (9:23)

    Does it cause delays in speech? (15:36)

    Resources (17:36)

    • 19 min
    #7: Time Management Hacks to Make Cooking for Babies Less Stressful

    #7: Time Management Hacks to Make Cooking for Babies Less Stressful

    In this episode, I reveal all of my tips and tricks on how to manage your time when meal prepping and planning for the week! I include how to prep your biggest meal of the day while tending to your infant, toddler, or both, how to choose what meals to serve (hint: think themes!), and how to manage the overwhelm that comes along with all of this!



    I keep it real on this podcast, so remember that this is not something that will happen... Every. Single. Week. Some weeks it’s all about flying by the seat of our pants, and that my friends, is okay! Take it easy on yourself, remember that this takes practice, so give yourself the time to work into all of this and remember - your baby has no idea what a “real meal” is, so random items work for them, even if they don’t sound great to you.



    As always, please remember to subscribe to the podcast, if you haven’t already, and I’m going to ask you a favour...would you please leave a review for me on Apple Podcasts? It goes a long way towards getting this information to parents all over that could really use the encouragement and support!



    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:



    Do you want some help coming up with recipe ideas to go into your meal plan? Check out my online courses - I include tons of recipes appropriate for babies and toddlers, get yours by enrolling now! (https://mylittleeater.com/courses/)



    If you want to see what other parents are suggesting, get some encouragement, or chat about some great recipe ideas, join the My Little Eater Facebook group! The community is amazing, and we would love to have you in it! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/mylittleeater/?ref=bookmarks)



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    Hey! (0:47)

    Meal Prep (6:14)

    Cooking Time (10:02)

    Meal Planning and Shopping (16:15)

    Eating with your Baby (19:57)

    Cleaning Up (21:14)

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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32 Ratings

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So much great info!

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