We love good food. We also love our babies. But, what happens when our babies don’t love food? Making sure your baby is eating and getting the proper nutrition can be super stressful! It seems that everywhere we turn in today’s society, we are hearing about the best way to…(fill in the blank). As parents and caretakers of the tiniest members of society, we know that days are unpredictable, attitudes are often obstacles to accomplishing things, and babies can be very stubborn. When it comes to nurturing and caring for these little ones, it’s important to take things one day at a time and be ready to adjust course at any moment.
Even as a pediatric Registered Dietitian with years of experience coaching families through the ups and downs of feeding young children, I experienced some of the same doubts and concerns that all caretakers feel when it came to feeding my own son. We always want to do what is best for our children. But, in seeking out “the best” we often question every decision and every choice we make through parenthood.
Like all other areas of parenting, feeding your child is not a one-size-fits-all situation. Parents find themselves confronted with questions like:
1) When do I want to start introducing solids?
2) Which method of feeding should I use? Baby Led Weaning, Traditional Spoon Feeding, or somewhere in the middle?
3) When should I introduce peanuts or other foods that pose higher risk for allergy?
4) When is my baby ready for smaller pieces of food?
5) Is that a gag, or are we dabbling in choking territory?
The list goes on.
When I started hearing these questions from friends, I realized there is a need in the community for a place where people can come with their questions and concerns to learn the ins and outs of feeding their little ones. This fall I will be offering an Introduction to Solids Workshop that combines research-supported feeding recommendations, my experience as a pediatric dietitian, and practical insights learned through parenting that will equip you to feed your baby with confidence. The workshop will address the following topics:
-Nutritional needs of babies ages 4-12 months
-An overview of how to determine when your baby is ready to start solid foods
-The difference between Baby Led Weaning and Traditional Spoon Feeding
-Reducing the risk of choking
-Introducing the most high-risk foods for allergies.
Whether you are in the first few months of parenting, have already begun the process, or have done this before with an older sibling but remember all too well the uncertainties that you had along the way, you are welcome attend. The Introduction to Solids Workshop will be held at Blooma Minneapolis on Wednesday, October 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. It’s time we start having some fun with our little foodies! Let’s get them started on the right foot as they embark on their culinary adventure. I am looking forward to seeing you there!
Kate is a Pediatric Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who currently works locally with children who have cystic fibrosis and endocrine disorders. She loves going for walks on the MN trails, enjoying oversized mugs of coffee and being silly with her 16 month old little boy, Rory.