Once upon a time, I worked at Weight Watchers as a meeting leader. I facilitated weekly meetings and taught people how to count their points, choose these foods over those, and watch the weight fall off with diet and lifestyle changes. I truly did believe in the program, and my personal experience with them was positive – as far as weight loss programs go, it remains one of the few that I feel to be evidence based and not fear mongering. But make no mistake, it is a WEIGHT LOSS program, not a weight management program, not a behaviour change program, and not an intuitive eating/HAES program like Oprah and it’s name change to remove the word “weight” would have you believe.
One of the first foods that is commonly recommended for babies starting solids is fortified baby cereal. Babies have very high iron requirements from 6-12 months, making this fortified cereal an easy way to get iron into babies being spoon fed. But what about parents who choose to start solids with baby led weaning? Or, what about those spoon-fed babies who are starting to transition to finger foods? Believe it or not, that baby cereal can be used in a lot of creative ways to support your growing baby all the way through to toddlerhood.
This post is the fourth in a series about our experience of living with food allergies. Today I’ll share our experience moving up the “egg ladder” over the last year and our next steps. Continue reading “Our Journey with Food Allergies – A new reality”
Starting solids is a very exciting time for parents. Whether choosing purees (traditional feeding) or BLW (baby led weaning), the top concern for most parents is always choking. Babies often gag as they learn this new skill, which can be scary! But knowing the difference between gagging and choking, and how to reduce choking risk, can be life-saving.
This post will help you and other caregivers to understand the differences between gagging and choking, what to expect, what to do and what NOT to do to reduce choking risk. Continue reading “Gagging and Choking – Know the difference!”
Have you heard the phrase “Food before one is just for fun!”? It’s a common idea that the food that you give to babies under 1 year old aren’t meant to meet their nutrition needs, since they’ll get all of that through breastmilk or formula. Rather, the food that we give babies who are learning to eat solids while also being breast or formula fed is just for FUN! Oh boy… Continue reading “5 Reasons That Food Before One is NOT Just for Fun”