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Feeding Tips + Milestones

Did you know that there are developmental milestones for feeding and swallowing? We are here to help you navigate and achieve these mealtime milestones for infants (6-12 months) and toddlers (12 months-3 years). These ezpz tips should help your kiddos become independent eaters and drinkers!

Throwing at Mealtime

Do you remember the first time your baby accidentally tossed some food over the edge of the highchair? Were they rewarded with the “plop” of the food hitting the...

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Seating Tips for Mealtime

Mealtime is family time, and having baby securely positioned at the table is an important first step to learning to enjoy food. As you start solids, take a...

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Snack Hacks

Snack time is an occasion to stimulate a child’s development and encourage them to try new foods. However, snack time is not a time for your kiddos to...

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Three Puree Textures to Try

When offering puree foods, it’s important to select a consistency that is safe for baby’s development. Here are three different puree textures to try with baby to assess...

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How to Decrease Gagging When Spoon Feeding

When it comes to introducing solids to baby, I get a lot of questions about gagging. Parents are concerned about their baby gagging when introducing a spoon, especially...

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Five Quick Purees for Busy Parents

Busy parents are always asking me for fast puree recipes. Here are five quick purees that are made of foods that are easy to find and brightly colored....

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Feeding Tips for Starting Solids

As a feeding expert and speech language pathologist, I teach parents to start solids at about 6 months of age (depending on the baby’s readiness signals). There are...

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Transitioning from a Bottle to an Open Cup

Transitioning from bottle to a cup can be a hard process for baby and the entire family. I believe this is why I have seen so many babies...

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How Cognitive, Speech + Language Milestones Help With Feeding

I talk a lot about developmental milestones here at ezpz. Milestones help parents know what to expect at a certain age and, if needed, they know when to ask for...

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Feeding Milestone: Lip Closure

If your little munchkin is between 6-9 months of age you are witnessing a lot of change in their overall development. Important growth is happening with baby’s mouth, too! Let’s...

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How to Introduce Bananas to Babies

When I teach Baby Led Weaning (BLW) classes, I always suggest trying banana as one of the first foods for baby. But I didn’t realize how confusing this fruit is for...

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Common Mistakes With Baby-Led Spoon Feeding

Independent spoon feeding is a fun mealtime milestone for baby. But sometimes parents make a mistake or two along the way. As a feeding specialist, here are three of the...

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Feeding Milestones for Baby: Spoon Feeding (6 to 12 months)

It’s important to be flexible in feeding. You may want to introduce your baby to solids using a specific feeding method (Baby Led Weaning (BLW) or Purees), but ultimately baby...

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Feeding Milestones for Baby: Spoon Feeding (at 6 months)

Starting solids is a glorious time for you and baby. Introducing a spoon as early as 6 months of age can help baby learn to self-feed and gain critical oral...

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Feeding Milestones for Baby: Cup Drinking

Did you know that cup drinking is a developmental milestone for baby? Cup drinking can aid with teething, decrease tooth decay and help babies learn to have a strong swallow....

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Three Reasons to Use Purees in the BLW Method

As a feeding specialist, I teach Baby Led Weaning (BLW) courses to parents and professionals online and in person. My attendees are usually shocked when I talk about the importance...

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How to Introduce Avocado

Avocados are a perfect fruit for babies, toddlers, school-age kids and adults too! It’s my favorite fruit and I add it to almost everything I make at home (sandwiches, soups,...

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Feeding a Genius

Sometimes parents tell me that their child is a ‘genius’ because they have figured out how to pull up the ezpz mat. They are concerned because they want their child...

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How To Do Simple Food Art

Making cute food art is a technique feeding therapists use to encourage children to engage with healthy foods. When kids are having fun with whimsical food art, they are learning...

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Are You Feeding Baby Too Early?

Sometimes families are excited to start baby on solids and they accidentally start too early (without knowing some of the risks). I have worked with numerous families in feeding therapy that fed...

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How to Introduce Watermelon

Introducing new fruits to your child is a time of wonder and fun. What new fruit screams summertime? Watermelon, of course! Here are some ideas for trying this colorful fruit...

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Feeding Milestone: The Pincer Grasp

As a parent, you may have heard about helping your infant / toddler develop their pincer grasp, but what does that really mean? How can you improve this developmental milestone?...

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Avoiding Food Jags

In my clinical experience of working with families who have toddlers, I see parents struggle with encouraging their kids to try new foods. It’s easy for parents to get into...

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Introducing Solids with the Tiny Bowl

Introducing solids is a pleasurable time for baby, but it can also be nerve-wracking for a first-time parent. To make the transition to solids easier on the entire family, I...

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