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!
Gardening with Kids: The benefits and how to get started now
In this final episode of Season 2, I bring on my dietetic intern, Caitlin, to chat about gardening with your toddler. She shares about why she decided to start gardening with her son, what the benefits are, changes that she’s seen, and her tips on how to get started. I know it sounds like a daunting task to have your toddler help out with such a big activity, but it really does have so many developmental benefits, not to mention the benefits that can be seen if your toddler is picky around certain foods - particularly veggies!
Remember how I’ve shared in the past all the positives that can come from food exploration for your toddler? Gardening is a really fun, hands on way to get that exploration in, without any pressure to eat - it’s just a fun way for them to play in the dirt, and help you at the same time, two things toddlers love!
As always, if you get value from this episode, please remember to rate and review it on Apple Podcasts. AND make sure you subscribe so that you get a notification when I’m back for Season 3!
If you’re looking for more information on what and how to feed your toddler, including a complete breakdown of the benefits of food exploration and other ideas to try with your toddler, it’s time to enroll in my Feeding Toddlers online course! Get access to all the foundational information for feeding your toddler, plus all my best strategies for preventing or reversing picky eating, now! (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/feedingtoddlers)
FOOD EXPLORATION: https://mylittleeater.com/food-exploration/
GARDENING TIPS: https://mylittleeater.com/gardeningtips/
Caitlin is a soon-to-be Registered Dietitian, and is currently completing her dietetic internship through Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax with My Little Eater. Caitlin’s passion for dietetics began when she took an interest in eating healthier herself, and realized she wanted to help others do the same. She has a passion for supporting local and sourcing her food products as close to home as possible – which led to her passion for gardening!
Aside from her professional activities, Caitlin values family above all and you can typically find her spending any free time she has with her husband and her five-year-old son, Asher. Some of her favorite activities include hiking, gardening (of course), and spending time enjoying local cuisine.
Having a son of her own, she knows firsthand the challenges that come along if picky eating sets in. One of her areas of interest is infant and child nutrition, and learning how to make mealtimes more manageable for families.
Welcome Caitlin! (2:04)
Caitlin’s experience feeding a picky eater (3:54)
How gardening has helped her with picky eating (9:30)
How Caitlin’s son helps in the garden (14:23)
Tips for beginners (20:22)
What can you easily grow indoors? (28:40)
The different types of parenting styles and how they affect feeding
In this episode of The My Little Eater Podcast, I have the opportunity to chat with Dr. Shanna Alvarez and Dr. Jenna Elgin from Helping Families Thrive. These two are a breath of fresh air in the parenting world, they have a mission to bring the true research to parents, minus any fear mongering, and strive to help parents find that balance of what the research recommends and what will actually work for their family.
Today, we’re talking all about parenting styles - what are the different styles, what are we aiming for, and how are these styles going to affect feeding your toddler. They even share their top tips for working towards the end goal of an authoritative parenting style, and provide a couple of scripts you could use when your toddler protests at the dinner table.
As always, if you enjoy this episode and get value from it, please subscribe, rate and review it at Apple Podcasts. And be sure to give Helping Families Thrive a follow, you can find all of their info below!
If you’re struggling with your toddler’s mealtimes, and want to learn about how to set your toddler up for success in feeding, or want info on preventing or reversing picky eating, check out my Feeding Toddlers online course! (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/feedingtoddlers)
PARENTING STYLES: https://mylittleeater.com/authoritativeparenting/
MORE ABOUT HELPING FAMILIES THRIVE:
Drs. Shanna Alvarez and Jenna Elgin are the two child psychologists behind Helping Families Thrive. Their mission is to bring parenting science to the real world. As moms of 3 kids each, they relate to the struggles and joys of parenting. They want to bring the gap between the information most parents have access to and the rigorously researched tools they have from their training to bring parents real peace of mind. To achieve this goal, they’ve created Parenting Essentials, a comprehensive parenting course for children 2-10 that puts the power of the most studied evidence-based parenting programs in the palms of parents’ hands.
For more information on Helping Families Thrive, or to enroll in their Parenting Essentials course - take a look here: www.helpingfamiliesthrive.com
And don’t forget to use code HFTLITTLEEATER for 40% off your purchase until April 11, 2021!
Find them on Instagram: @helpingfamiliesthrive
What are the different types of parenting styles (8:54)
Tips for authoritative parenting (19:55)
How to respond to toddler protests at mealtimes (24:39)
Using praise during mealtimes (31:15)
Is it ever ok to limit food for your baby/toddler?
In this episode, I’m answering a question from the audience, and it’s one that I get A LOT! “If my toddler (or baby) eats all of their favourite food, but doesn’t touch anything else on their plate, and wants more of their favourite...do I just give it to them?” And the short answer to this question is: yes! Your toddler gets to decide how much of what is offered that they want to eat - including none at all.
However, there are exceptions to every rule...so when would it be okay to actually place some limits on their food intake? I chat about that in this episode, and explain what we want to consider before placing those limits. I go over the idea of limiting food from a parent’s perspective, and from a toddler’s - this helps to understand why limiting foods can be harmful in certain situations.
As always, if you get value from this episode, please subscribe, rate and review it at Apple Podcasts! And I’m currently doing a giveaway as well (because it’s almost the end of Season 2!) - so if you write a review, include your Instagram handle in it because I’ll be entering you into a draw for a $100 gift card to Amazon. Giveaway is closing April 4th, 2021 - so don’t wait! And be sure you’re following me on Instagram (@mylittleeater) because I’ll announce the winner there! (https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-my-little-eater-podcast/id1505907186)
If you’re looking for more information on what and how to feed your toddler, including a complete breakdown of the division of responsibility and how to build a good relationship with all foods for your toddler, it’s time to enroll in my Feeding Toddlers online course! Get access to all the foundational information for feeding your toddler, plus all my best strategies for preventing or reversing picky eating, now! (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/feedingtoddlers)
THE DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITY: https://mylittleeater.com/dor/
EP. 9 - THE ONE FEEDING STRATEGY TO CHANGE MEALTIMES FOREVER: https://mylittleeater.com/9-the-one-feeding-strategy-that-will-change-mealtimes-forever/
LIMITING FOOD: https://mylittleeater.com/controllingfoodintake/
Why parents have a natural need to limit foods (2:55)
The 3 scenarios when you can limit (19:28)
What about dessert? (24:30)
Everything to know about eggs for your baby & toddler
In this episode, I’m sharing absolutely everything you could ever need, or want, to know about serving eggs to your baby and toddler! I go into the differences between various types of eggs on the market, the amazing nutritional properties of eggs, how and when to serve them to your babies and toddlers, and so much more!
Eggs are honestly my favourite food - if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be eggs! There are so many benefits to them, nutritionally, plus they’re so easy to cook, and super versatile, so they’re a great way to add some variety into your weekly meal rotation. Listen in to get all the details, and a few new ideas on ways to safely serve them to your baby and toddler.
As always, if you get value from this episode, please subscribe, rate and review it at Apple Podcasts. Share this episode with a friend that is also parenting a baby or toddler, I’m sure they’d love to know all these details too!
If you’re looking for my top recommendations on nutrition for your baby, and on how to safely serve all types of foods - it’s time to enroll in my Baby Led Feeding online course! My new revamped version recently released, and until March 31st you’ll get access to a 30 day meal plan where I show you exactly what to serve your baby (with over 60 recipes - including the egg muffins I mention in the episode). After that, the bonus will cost extra, so enroll now to save! (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/babyledfeeding)
TOP 8 FOODS FOR STARTING SOLIDS: https://mylittleeater.com/11-my-top-8-foods-for-starting-solids/
TEXTURE TIMELINE™ EPISODE: https://mylittleeater.com/42-textureprogression/
THREE REASONS TO SERVE TEXTURES ASAP: https://mylittleeater.com/babyfingerfoods/
BABY LED FEEDING INFO: https://mylittleeater.com/babyledfeeding/
BEST FISH EPISODE: https://mylittleeater.com/46-safefishforbabies/
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO EGGS: https://mylittleeater.com/eggs/
Why I love eggs for babies/toddlers (3:29)
The difference between various types of eggs (8:07)
Do you need to wash and refrigerate eggs? (18:25)
Is there a limit to eggs for babies/toddlers? (19:29)
How to serve eggs: 6-9 months old (20:16)
How to serve eggs: 9-12 months old (24:32)
What to consider when serving eggs to your toddler (26:24)
The best fish for your baby (and which to avoid)
In this episode, I’m revealing the extensive research I’ve done on the topic of fish for babies. I include what I find out about which fish is the safest, which should be avoided completely, and how often certain fish can safely be served. Fish has many nutritional benefits, and it’s a top allergen, so serving it beginning at 6 months of age is definitely the recommendation. But certain fish are better options than others, and trying to figure out which you can safely serve can be a bit overwhelming.
I’ve done all the research for you, examined a huge variety of fish, looked at mercury levels, and created a complete outline for which fish to serve most frequently, which to serve sometimes, and which to avoid altogether. You can find my complete cheat sheet for this listed below to download!
If you get value from this episode, please remember to subscribe, rate and review it at Apple Podcasts. And make sure you share this with your friends, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around out there when it comes to fish for babies, so this research needs to be available to more parents!
If you’re looking for my top recommendations on nutrition for your baby, and on how to safely serve all types of foods - it’s time to enroll in my Baby Led Feeding online course! My new revamped version recently released, and until March 31st you’ll get access to a 30 day meal plan where I show you exactly what to serve your baby (with over 60 recipes). After that, the bonus will cost extra, so enroll now to save! (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/babyledfeeding)
FISH GUIDELINES FOR BABIES DOWNLOAD: https://courses.mylittleeater.com/fishguidelinesforbaby
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE SAFEST FISH FOR YOUR BABY: https://mylittleeater.com/bestfish/
DO YOU REALLY NEED TO WORRY ABOUT SALT FOR BABIES? https://mylittleeater.com/44-saltforbabies/
Benefits of fish (3:55)
Concerns around fish (8:14)
Wild vs. farmed (11:09)
Canned, fresh, or frozen (15:00)
Recommended guidelines (16:38)
My Little Eater’s™ guidelines (22:24)
My Little Eater’s™ fish picks (26:50)
Understanding the readiness signs for starting solids: Purees & baby led weaning
In this episode, I’m dissecting all of the readiness signs for starting solids! These developmental signs are crucial for your baby to be ready to begin eating solid foods. I’ll even start by busting one myth now, the signs are the same for both puree feeding and baby led weaning. It doesn’t matter how you’re choosing to start feeding, your baby needs to have ALL of these signs, before you begin, to ensure their body is ready, and that feeding will be as safe as it can be.
After I go through all of the signs, I’m also going to dive a bit deeper into the signs that usually result in a lot of questions from parents. Some of them can be confusing, and there’s certainly no shortage of explanations available online, and not all of them are correct, so I’m also going to be busting some more myths on this episode too!
As always, if you get value from this episode, please subscribe, rate and review it on Apple Podcasts. And share it with your friends who are also starting solids with their baby, the more people that have easy access to this info, the better!
If you’re looking for my top recommendations on nutrition for your baby, and on how to safely serve all types of foods once you know they’re ready - it’s time to enroll in my Baby Led Feeding online course! My new revamped version recently released, and until March 31st you’ll get access to a 30 day meal plan where I show you exactly what to serve your baby (with over 60 recipes). After that, the bonus will cost extra, so enroll now to save! (https://courses.mylittleeater.com/babyledfeeding)
READINESS SIGNS DOWNLOAD: https://courses.mylittleeater.com/readinesschecklist
IS YOUR BABY READY FOR SOLID FOOD? https://mylittleeater.com/readyforsolids/
What are the readiness signs? (4:27)
Clarifying “sitting up independently” (8:52)
What is meant by a diminished tongue thrust reflex? (13:40)
Reaching for objects but not food (15:49)
What about if they’re at a higher risk for allergies? (17:07)
Other myths (20:47)
New Mom Must
I love this podcast! As a first time Mom there is so much to learn about feeding your baby healthy and nutritious foods. Edwena really breaks everything down in a way that is understandable, relatable, and helpful. She does the research so I don’t have to! Definitely give this podcast a listen. You will be glad you did! It is worth your time.
I’ve really enjoyed listening to the My Little Eater podcast and following her on Instagram. It has been so helpful in preparing to start solids with my son. Specifically, her content on the texture timeline, safe fish for babies, and sodium levels has provided me with a lot of peace of mind. Thank you!!
Love my little eater!!!
My baby is 7mo and Edwena has helped me feel more confident in letting him try new foods! I also love that she has an approach with purées and BLW! So much information here!! So glad I found her!! IG: jessica_averett