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Is your baby ready to start solid foods but you’re feeling overwhelmed or confused about baby-led weaning? Babies can eat so many more foods than we give them credit for and you don’t have to force-feed or spoon-feed to get them to eat real food!

I’m Katie Ferraro, Registered Dietitian specializing in infant feeding and baby-led weaning. I’m a college nutrition professor and mom of 7, and my goal is to help you start solid foods safely using baby-led weaning.

On this podcast I share practical tips on safe food preparation and starting solid foods, as well as in-depth interviews with other feeding experts. Listen to learn how you can get your baby to safely enjoy real food so that you can start enjoying mealtimes again too!

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Is your baby ready to start solid foods but you’re feeling overwhelmed or confused about baby-led weaning? Babies can eat so many more foods than we give them credit for and you don’t have to force-feed or spoon-feed to get them to eat real food!

I’m Katie Ferraro, Registered Dietitian specializing in infant feeding and baby-led weaning. I’m a college nutrition professor and mom of 7, and my goal is to help you start solid foods safely using baby-led weaning.

On this podcast I share practical tips on safe food preparation and starting solid foods, as well as in-depth interviews with other feeding experts. Listen to learn how you can get your baby to safely enjoy real food so that you can start enjoying mealtimes again too!

    Milk Protein: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food

    Milk Protein: How to Introduce Your Baby to this Potentially Allergenic Food

    #443: What if my baby has a milk allergy or can’t eat dairy foods? The only way to know if your baby is allergic to cow’s milk protein is to offer them that food. In this episode we look at milk allergy and how to prevent it, including the easiest way to offer your baby this potentially allergenic food and why it’s particularly important for exclusively breastfed babies.

    Listen to this episode to learn:

    The one single thing you can do to lower your baby’s risk of cow’s milk protein allergy (...which is the most common pediatric food allergy)

    Why exclusively breastfed babies especially benefit from early introduction of milk foods

    How to pick the best type of yogurt for self-feeding and why you can totally skip baby food yogurts


    Shownotes for this episode can be found here:
    https://www.babyledweaning.co/podcast/443

    Links from this episode:

    Baby-Led Weaning with Katie Ferraro program with the 100 First Foods™ Daily Meal Plan, join here: https://babyledweaning.co/program 

    Baby-Led Weaning for Beginners free online workshop with 100 First Foods™ list to all attendees, register here: https://workshop.babyledweaning.co


     
    Other Episodes Related to this Topic

    Episode 285 - Are Plant-Based Milks Safe for Babies?


    Episode 286 - Is My Baby Dairy Intolerant? Food Protein Induced Allergic Proctocolitis (FPIAP) with Marion Groetch, MS, RDN


    Episode 368 - Using a Milk Ladder for Babies with Dairy Allergy with Carina Venter, PhD, RD



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    Not sure about which foods to offer your baby next? Get your copy of my original 100 FIRST FOODS list on my free online video workshop called BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS.

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    Want guided help on how to make all of the 100 FIRST FOODS™ safely for your baby? My program BABY-LED WEANING WITH KATIE FERRARO has a 100 FIRST FOODS daily meal plan and everything else you need to start solid foods safely with baby-led weaning. CLICK HERE TO JOIN.

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    Be sure to follow @babyledweanteam on Instagram and our Baby-Led Weaning YouTube channel for more information about helping your baby transition to solid foods safely.

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    • 19 min
    Is My Baby Eating Enough? Falling Off the Growth Curve with @failure.to.thrive.dietitian Kat Mikelaites

    Is My Baby Eating Enough? Falling Off the Growth Curve with @failure.to.thrive.dietitian Kat Mikelaites

    #442: Is my baby eating enough and what if they start falling off their growth curve? Dietitian Kat Mikelaites talks about failure to thrive, growth faltering and helping babies get enough nutrition, iron and energy to thrive.

    Listen to this episode to learn:

    What parents accidentally do to compromise growth and how you can avoid this stress

    How to interpret a growth chart…and what to do if your baby falls off their growth path

    Why Kat uses the term Failure to Thrive vs. Growth Faltering in her program and content


    Shownotes for this episode can be found here:
    https://www.babyledweaning.co/podcast/442

    Links from this episode:

    Follow Kat on Instagram @failure.to.thrive.dietitian


    Check out Kat’s resources online



    Other Episodes Related to this Topic

    Episode 266 - Infant Weight Loss: What to Do When the Doctor Says Your Baby Isn’t Gaining Weight with Rosan Meyer, PhD, RD 

    Episode 73 - HELP! My Baby Has NO Interest in Food at First


    Episode 110 - Catch-Up Weight: Why Starting Solids Early Will Not Help Your Baby Gain Weight with Rosan Meyer, PhD, RD



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    Not sure about which foods to offer your baby next? Get your copy of my original 100 FIRST FOODS list on my free online video workshop called BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS.

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    Want guided help on how to make all of the 100 FIRST FOODS™ safely for your baby? My program BABY-LED WEANING WITH KATIE FERRARO has a 100 FIRST FOODS daily meal plan and everything else you need to start solid foods safely with baby-led weaning. CLICK HERE TO JOIN.

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    Be sure to follow @babyledweanteam on Instagram and our Baby-Led Weaning YouTube channel for more information about helping your baby transition to solid foods safely.

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    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!
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    • 31 min
    Why You Don’t Need to Wait 3-5 Days Between Offering New Foods to Your Baby

    Why You Don’t Need to Wait 3-5 Days Between Offering New Foods to Your Baby

    #441: You do not need to wait 3-5 days between offering new foods to your baby. In fact, waiting that long can actually slow down your baby’s progress and prevent diet diversity. In this episode we look at the research that supports quicker introduction of new foods; it is safe to offer 1 (or more) new food(s) per day and this approach can help reduce the risk of severe picky eating and help your baby learn to safely eat and like real food.

    Listen to this episode to learn:

    Why waiting 3-5 days between new foods can slow down your baby’s progress

    How to safely offer 1 (or more) new food(s) per day…and why this is safe

    When to sequence the introduction of allergenic foods to observe for reactions


    Shownotes for this episode can be found here:
    https://www.babyledweaning.co/podcast/441

    Links from this episode:

    Baby-Led Weaning with Katie Ferraro program with the 100 First Foods™ Daily Meal Plan, join here: https://babyledweaning.co/program 

    Baby-Led Weaning for Beginners free online workshop with 100 First Foods™ list to all attendees, register here: https://workshop.babyledweaning.co 


    Other Episodes Related to this Topic

    Episode 70 - The Evidence Behind Baby-Led Weaning with Amy Brown, PhD


    Episode 84 - Why You DON'T Need to Wait 3-5 Days Between New Foods with Carina Venter, PhD, RD


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    Not sure about which foods to offer your baby next? Get your copy of my original 100 FIRST FOODS list on my free online video workshop called BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS.

    💯 💯 💯 💯 💯

    Want guided help on how to make all of the 100 FIRST FOODS™ safely for your baby? My program BABY-LED WEANING WITH KATIE FERRARO has a 100 FIRST FOODS daily meal plan and everything else you need to start solid foods safely with baby-led weaning. CLICK HERE TO JOIN.

    👀 👀 👀 👀 👀

    Be sure to follow @babyledweanteam on Instagram and our Baby-Led Weaning YouTube channel for more information about helping your baby transition to solid foods safely.

    🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏

    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!
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    • 17 min
    Prenatal Vitamins are Kind of a Hot Mess with Helena Bottemiller Evich

    Prenatal Vitamins are Kind of a Hot Mess with Helena Bottemiller Evich

    #440: How did you pick your prenatal vitamin? A new report found that prenatal vitamins might contain more or less of their stated nutrients like folic acid and iron. Helena Bottemiller Evich joins me to talk about how to choose a prenatal vitamin and why there aren’t clear agreements on what should even be in these supplements.

    Listen to this episode to learn:

    Which prenatal vitamins may have more or less nutrients than stated on the Supplement Facts panel

    Why there aren’t standardized guidelines about what goes in your prenatal vitamin

    How to pick a prenatal vitamin and what the most important B vitamin is to focus on


    Shownotes for this episode can be found here:
    https://www.babyledweaning.co/podcast/440

    Links from this episode:

    Helena’s Food Fix newsletter: https://foodfix.co/ 

    GAO Report: https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-24-106689


    ACOG Nutrition During Pregnancy: https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/nutrition-during-pregnancy .


    Other Episodes Related to this Topic

    Episode 389 - Can Cinnamon Cause Lead Poisoning? Applesauce Pouch Contamination Update with Helena Bottemiller Evich


    Episode 229 - Unpacking the Infant Formula Recall and Formula Shortage with Helena Bottemiller Evich


    Episode 394 - How Heavy Metal Levels in Baby Food Have & Haven't Changed in 5 Years with @consumerreports James E. Rogers, PhD



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    Not sure about which foods to offer your baby next? Get your copy of my original 100 FIRST FOODS list on my free online video workshop called BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS.

    💯 💯 💯 💯 💯

    Want guided help on how to make all of the 100 FIRST FOODS™ safely for your baby? My program BABY-LED WEANING WITH KATIE FERRARO has a 100 FIRST FOODS daily meal plan and everything else you need to start solid foods safely with baby-led weaning. CLICK HERE TO JOIN.

    👀 👀 👀 👀 👀

    Be sure to follow @babyledweanteam on Instagram and our Baby-Led Weaning YouTube channel for more information about helping your baby transition to solid foods safely.

    🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏

    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

    • 34 min
    How to Introduce Allergenic Foods to Your Baby

    How to Introduce Allergenic Foods to Your Baby

    #439: What if your baby has an allergic reaction to a food? The only way to know if your baby is allergic is to offer them that food…but there are some safety guidelines you want to know about.

    In this episode we’ll look at the recent research and updated guidelines that support early introduction of potentially allergenic foods and then how to safely prepare those foods to help lower your baby’s risk of food allergy.

    Listen to this episode to learn:

    What the Top 9 allergenic foods are and how you can use real food to introduce them to your baby

    What to do if your baby has an allergic reaction to food…and why they are unlikely to die from that

    How to safely introduce all of the Top 9 allergenic foods in the first 9 weeks after starting solids


    Shownotes for this episode can be found here:
    https://www.babyledweaning.co/podcast/439

    Links from this episode:

    Puffworks Baby peanut and almond puffs for introducing 2 separate allergenic food categories (peanut and treenut) are available for 15% off with affiliate discount code BLWPOD - shop here


    Baby-Led Weaning with Katie Ferraro program with the 100 First Foods™ Daily Meal Plan, join here: https://babyledweaning.co/program 

    Baby-Led Weaning for Beginners free online workshop with 100 First Foods™ list to all attendees, register here: https://workshop.babyledweaning.co 


    Other Episodes Related to this Topic

    Episode 58 - What do I do if My Baby Has an Allergic Reaction? with Ron Sunog, MD


    Episode 227 - When Does the Food Allergy Prevention Window Close? with @allergykidsdoc David Stukus, MD


    Episode 380 - Why Doctors STILL Aren't Talking About Introducing Allergenic Foods with Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH



    🌱 🌱🌱🌱 🌱

    Not sure about which foods to offer your baby next? Get your copy of my original 100 FIRST FOODS list on my free online video workshop called BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS.

    💯 💯 💯 💯 💯

    Want guided help on how to make all of the 100 FIRST FOODS™ safely for your baby? My program BABY-LED WEANING WITH KATIE FERRARO has a 100 FIRST FOODS daily meal plan and everything else you need to start solid foods safely with baby-led weaning. CLICK HERE TO JOIN.

    👀 👀 👀 👀 👀

    Be sure to follow @babyledweanteam on Instagram and our Baby-Led Weaning YouTube channel for more information about helping your baby transition to solid foods safely.

    🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏

    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

    • 17 min
    How to Brush Your Baby's Teeth with @firstgrin Ashley Lerman, DDS

    How to Brush Your Baby's Teeth with @firstgrin Ashley Lerman, DDS

    #438: Oral care is important but how do you actually brush an infant’s gums or teeth? Pediatric Dentist and mom Ashley Lerman explains the best positioning and technique for brushing your baby’s teeth.

    Listen to this episode to learn:

    How to brush your baby’s gums with a muslin cloth…even if they’ve already fallen asleep

    How to position your baby to brush their teeth…and how that position changes for older babies

    Which type of toothpaste is best for babies and how much to use at each age and stage


    Shownotes for this episode can be found here:
    https://www.babyledweaning.co/podcast/438

    Links from this episode:

    Baby-Led Weaning with Katie Ferraro program with the 100 First Foods™ Daily Meal Plan, join here: https://babyledweaning.co/program 

    Baby-Led Weaning for Beginners free online workshop with 100 First Foods™ list to all attendees, register here: https://workshop.babyledweaning.co 


    Other Episodes Related to this Topic
    Episode 406 - Baby Tooth Brushing and Oral Care with @firstgrin Ashley Lerman, DDS
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    • 29 min

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