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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

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 75 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!

    #52: When to stop modifying foods that are choking risks

    #52: When to stop modifying foods that are choking risks

    In this episode, I chat about choking hazards - this is a hugely terrifying topic for many parents, and I really want you to feel confident that you’re offering food in a safe way for your babies and toddlers! One of the most common questions I get about choking hazards is when certain foods are considered safe....when are the suggested modifications no longer necessary?

    Today, I dive into this for you, and explain everything from what the current recommendations are, and how foods made the top choking hazards list, to when I recommend reducing modifications, why you should, and how to actually do this in a safe way. I even provide you with numerous examples of a step-by-step process for how to do this, using specific choking hazards.

    As always, if you get value from this episode, please subscribe wherever you listen so you never miss one! And don’t forget to leave me a rating and review on Apple Podcasts - I read every single one and they truly mean so much to me (and I even use them for future episode topics so leave me what you’d like to hear about too!).

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    If you want in on the Little Eaters Club as soon as it launches so you can continue learning all of the nuanced tips and tricks that I’ll be sharing, just like I did in this episode, sign up for the waitlist to be the first to know! Once you’re part of the LEC, you’ll have access to advanced learning through an extensive video library that will grow each month, monthly recipes, monthly coaching calls, and a community of supportive parents! You have to be a client of one of my courses to get in on the club, so don’t wait to grab one of those, and hop on the list to find out when the LEC launches!

    WAITLIST: https://courses.mylittleeater.com/lec-waitlist

    BABY LED FEEDING COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/

    FEEDING TODDLERS COURSE: https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/

    SAFE BEGINNINGS ONLINE COURSE (USE CODE MYLITTLEEATER): https://safebeginnings.thinkific.com/courses/infant-child-cpr-choking-and-injury-prevention?ref=db040c

    CHOKING PREVENTION: https://mylittleeater.com/choking-prevention/

    MORE ON CHOKING HAZARDS: https://mylittleeater.com/choking-hazards-for-babies-and-toddlers/

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    What are the current recommendations? (1:16)

    Factors to consider before stopping modifications (5:03)

    How to gradually let go of modifications (8:56)

    How are things chosen as choking hazards anyways? (18:46)

    • 23 min
    Bonus: Mom Burnout – What it is and How to Stop it with Dr. Brooke Weinstein

    Bonus: Mom Burnout – What it is and How to Stop it with Dr. Brooke Weinstein

    In this special bonus episode of the My Little Eater Podcast, I have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Brooke Weinstein, an Occupational Therapist turned Mom Coach. She is on a mission to help moms deal with the wild ride that is motherhood, and shows them how they can create a life they truly love, while continuing to be the amazing mother they already are!

    Today we chat about mom burnout, something that I know a lot of mothers are familiar with, have experienced, and may actually be going through right now in fact. We talk about the signs of burnout, how to recognize it, and what to do about it. She even provides her top tip for effectively using self-care to fill your cup.

    I know that I’ve been there before, I’ve experienced the sheer exhaustion of burnout, and I have felt that helplessness of not knowing what to do and how to make things better. I promise you, this episode will help you with all of that, I learned a few things that I’ll be using myself as well. So as we wrap up self-care week here at MLE, please take a moment to listen to this episode, and share it with another mom who could benefit from hearing what Dr. Brooke has to say.

    And as always, please head over to whichever platform you listen at and subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode! Remember to go to Apple Podcasts in order to leave a rating and review as well, I appreciate it so much.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    If you are looking to join a community of parents that are going through the same journey as you, as far as feeding goes anyway, make sure you take advantage of the Facebook community that comes with the purchase of either the Baby or Toddlers course, you can join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mylittleeaterclientsonly

    If you’re looking for more information on working with Dr. Brooke, or just want to check out some more of her content, you can connect with her here:

    https://www.brookeweinstein.net/

    INSTAGRAM: @brookeweinst

    IGTV on Perfectionism in Motherhood: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CObBB0ojE-d/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

    MEET DR. BROOKE:

    Brooke Weinstein OTD, OTR/L is here to get real about Mamahood, tips, and tricks to childhood development, and how to live in your mama truth. Brooke is a Doctor of occupational therapy. With over a decade of experience, Brooke built a thriving business in New Orleans called Therapeutic Learning Center which focused on treating the child and educating the entire family on coping skills and strategies to manage the societal challenges children face.

    With life experience, having two preemies, running a business (and household), Brooke began to feel the struggles of motherhood, being stretched too thin. This ultimately led to Brooke selling her business, stepping away to readjust her priorities, and focus more on her own family at home.

    “We as mothers need support and guidance to get through this life. It’s simply too much to do on our own. Having support as a mother is what our children need most in this world to thrive.”

    Brooke’s expertise in child development, sensory regulation, and parental connection, led Brooke to begin coaching Mama’s and families through this difficult phase of life. Brooke helps Mama’s tap into their individual strength, teach them how to trust their gut, and support growth in building emotional connections with their children and family they’ve always longed for.

    DM Brooke with any questions or comments (see her Instagram above). Start your journey towards thriving today!

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    Welcome Dr. Brooke! (1:58)

    What is mom-burnout? (10:13)

    How to recognize the signs before it’s too late (13:17)

    How to balance what you want to do with what’s good for you (19:06)

    Advice for moms struggling during the pandemic (24:29)

    Self-care tips (30:23)

    • 34 min
    #51: How to keep and make new friends with Danielle Bayard Jackson of Friend Forward

    #51: How to keep and make new friends with Danielle Bayard Jackson of Friend Forward

    In this first episode of Season 3, I have the pleasure of speaking with Danielle Bayard Jackson, publicist and friendship coach. She is also the founder of Friend Forward, a membership for women aimed at creating better female friendships. Maintaining my friendships has always been a struggle for me, particularly since becoming a mom, and I find I often overthink everything to do with these relationships. And after speaking to a lot of other moms, I found this was super common!

    So to kick off our self-care week here at MLE in honour of Mother’s Day coming up, I decided to chat with Danielle all about the changes that happen to friendships when you become a mom, how to cope with those changes, and most importantly, I think, how to reframe friendships in our mind to realize that they are actually a necessity, not just a bonus. This was a huge one for me personally, I find that I tend to push, not only self-care, but time with my friends aside in favour of getting more checkmarks on my to-do list. Learning the research behind why friendships are actually crucial for us really helps me to prioritize them and stop looking at them as a “nice to have, if I have time”.

    Please head over to whichever platform you listen on and subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode! And remember to go to Apple Podcasts in order to leave a rating and review - this is so important to ensure that this podcast can continue, and can reach more parents like yourself.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    If you are looking to join a community of parents that are going through the same journey as you, as far as feeding goes anyway, make sure you take advantage of the Facebook community that comes with the purchase of either the Baby or Toddlers course, you can join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mylittleeaterclientsonly

    If you’re looking for more information on how to join Friend Forward, or want some tips from Danielle herself, you can find that information here:

    https://www.betterfemalefriendships.com/

    INSTAGRAM: @friendforward

    MORE ON MOM FRIENDS: https://mylittleeater.com/mom-friends

    MEET DANIELLE:

    Danielle Bayard Jackson is a certified friendship coach and national speaker dedicated to teaching women how to create and maintain meaningful female friendships. A former high school teacher, Danielle founded Friend Forward, and now uses her skills as an educator to coach women through ways to navigate common friendship conflicts. Her book, Give it a Rest: The Case for Tough Love Friendship, outlines her framework for creating platonic intimacy through difficult conversations, and it has been shared in several women’s media outlets. Danielle shares her insight weekly on The Friend Forward Podcast, answering women’s most pressing questions about navigating conflict in female friendships.

    Danielle is a member of the American Sociological Association, and she studies the latest research in the areas of social science to create practical ways for women to better understand each other when operating in positions of leadership, friendship, and mentorship.

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    Welcome Danielle! (1:23)

    How to make time for friends as a mom (5:41)

    Tips on maintaining friendships with women who aren’t moms (12:00)

    Advice for if you “overthink” friendships (17:16)

    Changes in friendships after entering motherhood (25:10)

    • 33 min
    #50: Gardening with Kids: How it can help your picky eater and how to get started now

    #50: Gardening with Kids: How it can help your picky eater 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!

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    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://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/)

    FOOD EXPLORATION: https://mylittleeater.com/food-exploration/

    GARDENING TIPS: https://mylittleeater.com/gardeningtips/

    ABOUT CAITLIN:

    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.

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    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)

    • 34 min

    #49: The different types of parenting styles and how they affect feeding

    #49: 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!

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

    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://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/)

    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 20% off your purchase!

    Find them on Instagram: @helpingfamiliesthrive

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    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)

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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75 Ratings

75 Ratings

ruth.mdavis ,

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.

~@ruth.mdavis

@dylans.dishes ,

So helpful!

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!!
IG: @dylans.dishes

jessica_averett ,

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

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