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!
Feeding Safety with Holly Choi of Safe Beginnings
In this first episode of Season 2 of The My Little Eater Podcast, I have the pleasure of speaking with Holly Choi, co-owner of Safe Beginnings. She’s passionate about keeping your children safe, and we speak about everything involving safety while feeding. We’re discussing choking hazards, high chair safety, and how to best be prepared for a choking incident.
I have yet to meet a parent that isn’t at least a little nervous about introducing solid foods to their baby, because of their fear of them choking. It’s completely normal to feel that way, and, as Holly discusses in the episode, it helps so much to know you’re prepared for the worst case scenario. The maneuvers used to save your child when they’re choking are extremely effective, so knowing them is crucial.
Disclaimer: This topic may cause you to feel emotional, thinking about those worst case scenarios is not fun for anyone. However, please do not miss this episode because of that. It is so important to feel confident and prepared when feeding your baby, and the information that Holly shares in this episode, will help with that.
As always, please subscribe to the show, and rate and review it on Apple Podcasts - it goes a long way towards helping my tips reach more parents who could benefit from them. And, I cannot stress this enough, share this episode! Safety is important for every parent, let’s reach as many of them as we can!
If you’d like more information on the courses that Safe Beginnings offers, take a look here. You can also follow them on Instagram, @safebeginnings, Holly is always sharing invaluable safety tips - so check them out! (Please note that this is an affiliate link, but I only recommend products I support, and it comes at no extra cost to you :) )
If you’d like some clarification on the difference between a choke and a gag, enroll in my Baby Led Feeding online course! I go over all of the signs for you, so you can feel confident in knowing when your child is gagging (which is completely fine!) vs. when they’re choking (you need to intervene ASAP). Sign up today! (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/babyledfeeding)
If you’re still feeling nervous about gagging - I get it, it looks really scary, and it can feel like you need to intervene, which you don’t. Download my free resource that outlines ways to overcome this fear, and be ready to continue on your journey with introducing solids. (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/overcomegagging)
Co-Owner/Instructor at Safe Beginnings First Aid (@safebeginnings)
Holly Choi is a leader in childhood injury prevention education. Holly is a nationally-certified first aid instructor with the Canadian Red Cross, and a Child Passenger Safety Technician-Instructor with the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada (CPSAC). Additionally, Holly is a member of the International Association for Child Safety (IAFCS) and Prevent Child Injury. Holly is a dedicated mom to two daughters, ages 2 and 5.
Welcome Holly! (2:13)
Safety while feeding (4:40)
High chair safety (11:53)
Safety while solo-parenting (15:47)
Top tips for confidence in feeding (23:04)
Resources from Safe Beginnings (26:43)
Season Finale - Potty Training Q&A with Allison Jandu
In this episode, I’m speaking with The Potty Training Consultant, Allison Jandu, to bring you some top tips on potty training. From the basics, like when to begin potty training and how long it takes to potty train a toddler, to specifics, like what to do when your toddler asks to use the potty 15 times in one meal, we chat about it all! We even touch on reward charts and her potty training books for parents.
I’ve been asked by numerous parents about how to handle it when their toddler requests to go to the bathroom 5 seconds after sitting down to eat. Do they really have to go? Do they just want an excuse to leave the table? How many times do you let them get down? Since I’m not an expert, honestly I completely guessed my way through potty training my boys (oops!), I brought on an expert to give us all some insight. If you have a baby or toddler, this is a can’t miss episode!
And in other news… this is also the season finale! I’ve had a fantastic first season with you all, and can’t wait to be back for Season 2 very soon! It’s going to be amazing! Be sure to subscribe so that you’re notified when Season 2 begins, and I’d also love it if you gave me a rating and review for Season 1 on Apple Podcasts :) Share this with a friend so they can binge-listen to Season 1 and be ready when the new episodes come out! And if you would like to provide any feedback on the podcast, I’d love to hear from you, send me your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thinking of jumping into potty training your toddler soon? Want to be prepared? Check out Allison’s resources on her site: www.pottytrainingconsultant.com - she has a very helpful blog, and you can contact her directly there. She’s also on Instagram, @pottytrainingsconsultant, and has recently launched a 10 day potty training challenge! (https://www.instagram.com/pottytrainingconsultant/)
Finally, if you’re dealing with other mealtime battles, like having your toddler stay at the table in general, or even come to the table for that matter, check out my Feeding Toddlers online course. I go over how to set up the perfect, positive, mealtime environment so that your toddler will actually be excited to come to the table! Sound impossible? It’s not! Enroll now to find out how you can set this up, remove the pressure and stress around mealtimes, and enjoy that time with your family. (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/feedingtoddlers)
Allison Jandu is a professional consultant who assists families with one of childhood’s most important, yet daunting, milestones - potty training.
Allison has helped countless children of all ages. Her custom potty training plans are based on building independence and empowerment and she thrives on seeing children succeed. She has made it her personal mission to revolutionize the way we think about potty training as a society.
Allison is also a mother herself, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Baltimore. She has written internationally accredited continued education training for childcare professionals and three highly-praised potty training guides: The Poop Puzzle, The Wee Hours, and Potty Training for Busy Parents.
Welcome Allison! (0:47)
Potty training basics (5:04)
Reward systems (12:44)
Potty breaks during meals (16:14)
Podcast announcement (24:02)
Protein Needs for your Toddler
In this episode, I’m talking all about protein! Chicken, beef, fish, plant-based - whichever is your preference, I’m breaking down exactly how much of it your toddler needs. Truth: we often overestimate this amount - for having so much energy, they actually need a lot less protein than you may be picturing. And since toddlers often refuse meat, unless it’s in nugget form, this can be very reassuring!
Before resorting to those protein drinks for kids, sit back, relax, and really take this in. Trust me, you’ll feel so much better the next time your toddler refuses the ground beef on their taco, and opts instead for a plain ol’ tortilla - with nothing on it. Plenty of other opportunities to reach their protein needs throughout the day, and I’ll chat about just how to do it.
If you find value in this episode, please subscribe, rate, and review it at Apple Podcasts. Don’t forget to tag @mylittleeater on Instagram while you're listening, and I’ll share it to my stories - I love to see which episode you’re on!
For a complete breakdown of all of your toddler’s nutritional needs, enroll in my Feeding Toddlers online course! I go over everything your toddler requires, including how many servings and how big a serving size actually is. Then, I’ll show you my top tricks for setting up an environment where your toddler will actually begin to eat these nutrients! Don’t wait until the picky eating begins, get started now and be prepared for any changes your toddler throws at you. (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/feedingtoddlers)
Hey there! (0:47)
Protein sources (2:06)
Protein requirements (4:07)
Benefits and the FFP rule (8:02)
Foods to Avoid for Babies Under 1
In this episode, I’m doing something I don’t normally do - telling you what NOT to do! I’m usually talking all about the wonderful things you CAN serve your baby. So today I decided to switch it up, because I often hear… “Surely babies can’t eat everything, right Edwena?” So, I’m sharing my list of foods that you should avoid serving your baby under 12 months old. I go over what they are, and why to avoid them.
Now, whenever I tackle topics like this, I feel the need to add a disclaimer. So here it is… no Mom guilt allowed! I’ll say it over and over until we all start to hear it! When you know better, you do better. So if this topic is completely new to you, well, now you know. You can’t do what you don’t know - so no guilt, okay?
If you get value from this episode, please remember to subscribe, rate, and review it at Apple Podcasts so more parents can find these tips too! And, share this episode with a fellow Mama - just make sure you pass along the disclaimer too ;)
If this episode was eye-opening for you, and you want to make sure you have all you need to know moving forward - enroll in my Baby Led Feeding online course now! When you don’t know what you don’t know, it’s hard to make important decisions... like what to feed your baby. Let me guide you on this journey so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy watching your little one grow. (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/babyledfeeding)
Feeling a bit unsure about how to decrease your baby’s salt intake? Take a look at my blog post on this topic to see my guidelines on salt, and my tips on areas where you may be able to decrease your baby’s consumption of it. (https://mylittleeater.com/salt-for-babies-how-much-is-too-much/)
Welcome back! (0:47)
Food Category #1 (1:41)
Food Category #2 (3:53)
Food Category #3 (9:17)
Food Category #4 (14:00)
Food Category #5 (15:50)
Safe Foods for Picky Toddlers
In this episode, I’m talking about a technique that is absolutely necessary when dealing with picky eaters - SAFE FOODS! And no, I don’t mean serving food safely - that’s a whole other topic. I mean, ensuring that at every meal and snack there is at least one food that you know, or reasonably expect, your toddler will eat. I always get a ton of questions about this concept, and recently had a listener bring up her concerns, so today I’ll be diving into some answers.
I often hear…
“But, Edwena, I want them to eat something new, not something they already like!”
“If I give them one thing they like, they’ll ONLY eat that - is that okay?”
“They change their minds so often, if they liked it yesterday they probably won’t like it today. So, what do I do?”
“The only foods my toddler willingly accepts are carbs! That can’t be okay right? They’d eat nothing but bread all day!”
“My toddler only has one safe food - I swear - they like nothing!”
These are all valid concerns, and I’ve got answers for them all! So, grab your headphones, find a quiet, toddler-free space (if you can ;) ) and listen up close. Once you understand the ins and outs of this concept, you’ll never go back to feeding without keeping this in mind, trust me.
As always, if you get value from this episode, remember to subscribe, rate, and review it at Apple Podcasts. Share this tip with a friend, because let’s face it, feeding toddlers can be an adventure... let’s help you lean into the fun of that journey, and away from the stress!
If this episode leaves you feeling like you need more - more answers, more tricks, more solutions - grab my Feeding Toddlers online course! It’s packed full of wisdom like this, to not only stop picky eating right where it is, but actually prevent it from ever becoming a serious issue. You’ll also get access to my exclusive Facebook group, for clients only, where I answer even more questions, and other parents are right there with you for support and encouragement along the way. Enroll now! (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/feedingtoddlers)
Hey there! (0:47)
Today’s question (1:37)
Safe foods (3:27)
Meet your toddler where they are (5:12)
What can be a safe food? (7:17)
How to increase variety in safe foods (11:50)
What to Do When Your Toddler Just Won’t Eat!
In today’s episode, I’m tackling a question from one of my followers on Instagram. In a nutshell, her 2 year old used to eat anything as a baby, but now refuses everything! Even foods she used to accept without hesitation. She’ll even refuse all food until she gets the milk, or specific food item, she wants - sometimes withholding for an entire day. I gotta hand it to toddlers, their ability to persevere to get what they want is top notch!
So here’s the deal - I’ll be talking about the calorie needs of a toddler, mealtime pressure, trust in feeding, AND boundary testing, in order to answer this one. If this sounds like your toddler, or even if you have a baby approaching toddlerhood, this is a must listen! Having these tools ready to use, should the need arise, is so much easier than trying to find them when your toddler is already pulling at your last nerve.
If you get value from this episode, don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review it on Apple Podcasts. And please share this with fellow parents in the thick of it, we could all use a little peace of mind when it comes to feeding our (very) stubborn toddlers.
If you’re new to the Division of Responsibility, then you’re definitely going to want to check that out first before listening too far into today’s episode. Having that base knowledge is key, and I teach you all about it in a previous episode, so listen in here: https://mylittleeater.com/9-the-one-feeding-strategy-that-will-change-mealtimes-forever/
To get the full details on the knowledge, tips, and tricks I share in this episode, enroll in my Feeding Toddlers online course! I prepare you for everything your toddler can throw at you, and then some! Be ready if a situation like this happens, AND, if it’s already happening, get all the support you need while you navigate it. (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/feedingtoddlers)
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Welcome back! (0:47)
Today’s question (1:33)
Rejecting previously liked foods (3:44)
Is responsive feeding still a thing? (6:19)
Toddler calorie requirements (10:43)
The importance of schedules (14:36)
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I am loving being educated about feeding my baby! It’s helping make the experience more enjoyable since I’m now armed with knowledge! I also love the the podcast episodes are short since I don’t get much time to myself to listen!!
So much great info!
As a first time mom, this podcast is great! It answers so many of my questions, and then some.
Edwena is essentially gospel in this house! As a picky eater myself my goal is to not raise a picky eater, and so far so good! Thank you so much for all your knowledge and tips and tricks!